MARGARET LEWIS – COMMUNITY HEALTH COORDINATOR
She comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge in a variety of settings, but children and seniors are her passion. The new Community Health Coordinator will make weekly visits to meet with residents living in the area senior buildings, be a resource for health information for the community, planning programs and seminars that promote healthy lifestyles, oversee the annual farmers market, medical equipment loan closet and health inspections for the village.“I am excited to begin my new journey within the village, assisting the community to live healthier lives in the future”. “Stop by and say hello soon”.
Contact Information: Recreation & Parks Department
350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
This month is National Diabetes Awareness Month - a perfect time to educate your patient on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, diet, and exercise, in addition to taking their medications.
Per NIDDK, "Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells."
What is Diabetes? Click on the link below to watch a video that explains what happens in Type 2 diabetes.
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