Walk Across Texas draws 356 participants

Teams across Milam County are well on their way to walking the estimated 830 miles to “walk across Texas” during an eight-week program.

Currently, 27 community teams and 157 students in the Gause ISD are participating.

Community teams include 17 from Little River Healthcare System, three of Curves clients in Cameron, and seven other community teams totaling 179 members.

Walk Across Texas is a friendly walking program to get you developing an exercising habit.

After eight-weeks of regular exercising, most people develop a habit of exercise and want to continue the routine.

To join, contact the extension office at 254-697-7045.

Diabetes course

The first “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” class was April 28.

You can still sign up for the four remaining classes which are a partnership of Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Little River Medical Clinic in Rockdale. Classes are Wednesday mornings, May 5-26, 9 to 11:00 a.m. at the Little River Medical Clinic meeting room, 602 N. Main in Rockdale.

Instructors are Vicki Moore and Cheryl Walker.

If you are a type 2 diabetic or a family member of a diabetic, sign up for the free course by calling the extension office or e-mail


Diabetes complications, such as loss of vision, painful feet, heart attack, or stroke, are not inevitable.

The most important thing you can do to reduce your risk is keep your blood glucose within recommended ranges.

To do this you must:

• Select the right foods in the right amounts.

• Do physical activity most every day.

• Take medicines when prescribed by your doctor.

• Check your blood glucose to make sure it is staying in the recommended range.

It helps to have regular checkups that include lab work, such as a hemoglobin A1c to check your average blood glucose every three months, cholesterol and triglycerides, and other tests.

Stopping smoking significantly reduces your risks for many diabetes complications.

Regular checkups help your doctor find problems earlier when they are more treatable.

Most doctors recommend you return to see them every three months if your blood glucose is out of range or every six months if you are in range.

Seeing your eye doctor and dentist once a year is also important.

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