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    November is American Diabetes Month 

    Diabetes Awareness Month November

    November is American Diabetes Month, the chance to focus the nation's attention on the diesease and the tens of millions of people affected by it.

    TCPH's Chronic Disease Prevention division offers free self-management classes in English, Spanish and Vietnamese for individuals living with diabetes, along with free monthly classes for managing specific aspects of diabetes.

    This division also regularly promotes healthy eating and offers diabetic-friendly recipes through their Live A More Colorful Life! program.

    For more information about American Diabetes Month, visit this American Diabetes Association website.

    November is Prematurity Awareness Month

    November Prematurity Awareness Month

    Preterm birth is a serious public health concern and the leading cause of infant mortality. Babies who survive can have short and long term health problems. In the United States, 1 out of 10 babies is born preterm, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. There are about 400,000 preterm babies born every year.

    Factors that can increase the risk of preterm birth include young or advanced age of the mother, smoking cigarettes or using illicit drugs, stress, poor nutrition, some chronic diseases(such as diabetes and high blood pressure), being underweight or overweight, carrying more than one baby and having a previous preterm birth.

    Women ages 18-44 years can take some steps to help reduce their risk of preterm birth:

    • Seek medical care prior to getting pregnant and between pregnancies to monitor their health and help manage chronic diseases
    • Eat healthy foods and keep a healthy weight
    • Find ways to reduce or cope with stress
    • Get prenatal care as soon as you think you may be pregnant and throughout the pregnancy
    • If pregnant, quit smoking and avoid alcohol and illicit drugs
    • If experience a previous preterm birth, talk to your healthcare provider to check if you could be eligible to take progesterone or 17P to reduce your risk of another preterm birth
    • Consider birth spacing in between pregnancies (at least 18 months apart)

    For additional information on preterm birth, visit our 17P Program webpage or contact the Tarrant County Prematurity Prevention Program at 817-321-4717.

    Fruitful Fridays - Nov. 4, 11, 18 

    Fruitful Fridays, Nov. 4, 11, 18

    Certain vegetables and fruits have superpowers. They come in many colors and can help you maintain healtheir weight, boost your energy and add important vitamins and minerals to your diet.

    On Nov. 4, 11 and 18, Tarrant County Public Health and our partners will provide free fruit, along with healthy recipes as a way to help encourage people to add important foods to their diet and Live a More Colorful Life.

    The fruit is available at four different locations. Check this flier for those times and locations

    Nov. 17 is the Great American Smokeout

    Great American Smokeout

    Nov. 17 is the Great American Smokeout. This is the annual event that encourages Americans to stop smoking for 24 hours, hoping their decision not to smoke will last longer.

    Tarrant County Public Health's Live Tobacco Free Tarrant County offers help for smokers in the form of on-going classes that helps smokers free themselves from the tobacco habit.

    Here's more information about the Great American Smokeout.