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Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children

March 4th, 2011
Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children

Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children

The mission of Camp Hendon is to give children with diabetes, ages 8-17, in the Kentucky and Southern Indiana region a chance to have a fun, safe, camping experience— at a 24-hour medically supervised facility— allowing them to realize that they are not alone.

In 2011 Camp Hendon will be held at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, KY.

Camp Dates are Tuesday July 26 – Sunday July 31, 2011.


Click Here to request an application for Camp Hendon


For any questions, please contact:

Bryan Fallon, President
Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children, Inc.
dba Camp Hendon
502-817-6286; Fax:  502-459-4912

New Web-Based Directory Links Diabetes Patients with Community Resources, Care

March 1st, 2011

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has created a public web-based directory for individuals in need of care and management resources for the treatment of diabetes, linking individuals with doctors, diabetes educators and other resources in their area.

The system, known as the Kentucky Diabetes Resource Directory, can be accessed at and allows users to search by county, or surrounding counties, for self-management classes, support groups, specialists (endocrinologists or diabetologists), coalitions or medical nutrition therapy (nutrition providers). In addition, the site includes direct links to Kentucky providers and programs that are accredited or recognized by national sources.

“Diabetes is one of the most debilitating and widespread chronic diseases in our state,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “With proper resources and access to care, the disease can be managed and those living with diabetes can lead better, healthier lives. I’m very pleased this system has been created to make finding and connecting with those resources quicker and easier.”

 “Access to care and diabetes management resources can make a world of difference in terms of quality of life,” said DPH Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. “Public health created this website to assist individuals as they look for resources and services in their hometowns and surrounding counties.”

New data recently released from the Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System shows Kentucky ranks fourth in the nation in the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes.

“We are hopeful that this new directory will be useful in helping Kentuckians find the educational and support resources they may need to help them take care of their diabetes,” said Theresa Renn, director of the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program in DPH.

Providers may also utilize the directory to refer patients to these resources. The website includes access to printer-friendly resource lists that can be given to those who may not have internet access. Hospitals, health departments and community resources across Kentucky were contacted for inclusion in this new directory.

The new website may not contain a complete listing of all Kentucky diabetes resources. Under the new system, diabetes resource providers can add new resources or edit their information on the site. In addition, new diabetes resource categories may be added in the future.

For questions or comments regarding the diabetes resource directory, contact Janice Haile with the state diabetes program at or call (270) 686-7747, ext. 3031. More information about diabetes prevention and education can be found at Additional data on the behavioral patterns and disease risk factors for Kentuckians can be found at

Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes

February 17th, 2011

Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes

 If you’re one of the more than 25.8 million Americans with diabetes, you are at high risk for heart attack and stroke. Heart disease is more likely to strike you – and at an earlier age – than it is to strike your friends and family without diabetes. In fact, 2 out of every 3 people with diabetes will die of a heart attack or stroke.

 But you can fight back. You have the power to prevent heart attack and stroke by controlling the ABCs of diabetes.

 A is for A1C. The A1C test (sometimes known as the HbA1c or hemoglobin A1c test) measures your average blood glucose (sugar) over the last 3 months.

B is for blood pressure. High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard.

C is for cholesterol. Bad cholesterol, or LDL, builds up and clogs your arteries.


Work with Your Health Care Provider

Ask your health care provider these questions:

  • What are my ABC numbers? Your A1C level should be tested at least twice a year. Blood pressure should be checked at each visit and cholesterol should be tested at least once a year.
  • What should my ABC target number be?  For most people with diabetes, the goals are A1C below7, blood pressure below 130/80, and LDL cholesterol below 100.
  • What actions should I take to reach my ABC target numbers? You and your health care provider will put together an action plan of lifestyle changes and medications, if needed, to help you reach and maintain your goals for the ABCs of diabetes.


Take Action Now.

You can take action now to lower your risk for heart attack and stroke and other diabetes problems. Work with your health care provider, and get started now:

  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity, such as brisk walking, on most days of the week.
  • Eat less fat and salt.
  • Eat more fiber – choose whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Stop smoking – ask your provider for help.
  • Take medicines as prescribed.
  • Ask your doctor about taking aspirin.
  • Ask others to help you manage your diabetes.


For more information on the link between diabetes and heart disease, contact NDEP at 1-800-438-5383 or


The National Diabetes Education Program promotes awareness of the ABCs of diabetes through its Be Smart About Your Heart. Control the ABCs of Diabetes campaign. NDEP, the leading federal government source of information about diabetes prevention and control, is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 200 public and private partners.

Family History of Diabetes Increases Risk for Developing the Disease

November 18th, 2010

Family History of Diabetes Increases Risk for Developing the Disease Take Steps Now to Prevent Diabetes in the Future

Knowing about your family’s health history goes a long way toward preventing or delaying the development of serious diseases like diabetes. Many people who develop type-2 diabetes have one or more family members with the disease, so it’s important to know your family’s diabetes health history, and to share that information with your doctor. The good news is that people with a family history of diabetes can take steps now to prevent or delay the onset of the disease. The Martin County Health Department has partnered with the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to share this message during National Diabetes Awareness Month this November.

“You can’t change your family history, but knowing about it can help you work with your health care team to take action on the things you can change  We encourage everyone to talk with their family members to find out if any close relatives, such as a mother, father, brother or sister, have had diabetes. If any of the women in your family had gestational diabetes while pregnant, she is also at increased risk for diabetes in the future, and so is her child from that pregnancy. This is all important information to share with your doctor.”

The good news is that you can prevent or delay type-2 diabetes by losing a small amount of weight – 5 to 7 percent (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) – and becoming more active. Action steps, which will benefit the entire family, include making healthy food choices and being active at least 30 minutes, five days per week. To help achieve health goals, write down everything you eat and drink, and the number of minutes you are active each day. Review these notes daily.

Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes – including approximately 1,500 Martin Countians. It is estimated that one-third of the people with diabetes don’t know that they have the disease, and people with undiagnosed diabetes may experience damage to the heart, eyes, kidneys, and limbs – without producing any symptoms. It is estimated that another 57 million adults in the U.S. have pre-diabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about family health history and preventing type-2 diabetes, check out NDEP’s risk tests by visiting or call 1-888-693-NDEP (6337); TTY: 1-866-569-1162. Ask for Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, a tip sheet called It’s Never Too Early to Prevent Diabetes, and a tip sheet for children at risk called Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

You may also contact the Martin County Health Department Diabetes Control Program at 606-298-7752 or visit