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Get moving for your health with ‘Walk Across Texas’

I n the spring, most of us think about starting an exercise program. Unfortunately, after a few days or weeks we become unhappy that we are not losing lots of pounds. Don’t get discouraged, remember that the pounds were not gained over time and that means it takes time for the pounds to go away. Give it time to work and time for you to build a habit of exercise.

Join walkers from across the county and across the state in the “Walk Across Texas” eight-week walking program sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Get a group of your friends together to help motivate everyone to keep up the exercise program. Sign-up as a group or individual for the eight-week free program to “Walk Across Texas”. Make walking or exercise a part of your daily lifestyle.

The program is for individuals and teams of all ages. Just go to the website and sign-up: http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu/ . Get your friends involved so you can motivate each other to get out and move for your health. When you sign-up for the Walk Across Texas Program, you will also be able to look at health and nutritional resources posted on the website.

If you don’t have a computer, you can still sign-up by picking up a registration packet at the Milam County Extension Office at 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron. If you have questions, contact the Extension Office at 254-697- 7045.

DIABETIC PUZZLE—Diabetes is like a puzzle. Lots of things affect your blood glucose levels and managing your diabetes means keeping your blood glucose in the recommended range according to your doctor.

Eating the right foods is one part of the Diabetic Puzzle, but there are many other factors.

Starting on April 18, a “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” five-part series will be offered in Milam County for Type 2 Diabetics and interested family members. You will have information on nine topics related in nutritional and medical concerns for diabetics to help you put the Diabetic Puzzle together for you.

The series will be conducted at the Senior Citizen Center at 765 Green Street in Rockdale. Classes will be taught on the following Wednesdays from 4-6:30 p.m.: April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9 and May 16. Each session will cover a different topic relating to nutritional and medical concerns of Type 2 Diabetes.

Some of the major topics are: glucose testing; diabetes and exercise; nutritional meal planning; proper serving sizes; nutritional labeling; health checkups; foot care; preventing complications; and eating out.

Vicki Moore, RN, BSN, Nursing Supervisor for Little River Medical Clinic will be teaching with Cheryl Walker, County Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Sciences Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

The Milam County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Little River Medical Clinic are sponsoring the training. To sign-up for the class or get additional information, contact the Milam County Extension Office The cost of the series is $ 10 per person payable at the first meeting, but we need you to call or email prior to the classes so handouts will be available.

Mark your calendars to attend each “Do Well, Be Well w ith Diabetes” series to help you manage your diabetes or understand what is happening with family members with diabetes.

ce-walker@tamu.edu


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