North Shore Health Department November 10th, 2015
Diabetes is a serious, yet controllable disease affecting over 475,000 adults in Wisconsin. In the North Shore, approximately 11% of respondents to a 2015 health survey reported that they had diabetes within the past three years. People with diabetes are at increased risk of diabetes-related complications, including blindness, kidney disease, foot and leg amputations, cardiovascular disease, stroke, depression, poor oral health, and death from influenza and pneumonia. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and the North Shore Health Department is encouraging people to know if you are at risk for prediabetes and/or developing type 2 diabetes. You may be at risk if you are:
- Over 45 years of age
- Are overweight
- Have a family history of diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Are physically active fewer than three times per week
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
Talk to your healthcare provider about being tested for diabetes. Additionally, the National Diabetes Prevention Program can link people with prediabetes or those at-risk of developing type 2 diabetes, to trained lifestyle coaches. Coaches and workshops are available in Wisconsin to help provide support and guidance in healthy eating, losing weight, increasing physical activity, and managing stress. See CDC’s website on the National Diabetes Prevention Program http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.htm or the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging for information on where local programs are being held in our area https://wihealthyaging.org/diabetes-prevention-program.
The North Shore Health Department has a proud and respected tradition of providing excellent health services to our North Shore communities. With our knowledgeable staff,we are continuing our mission to improve our residents' health, prevent disease, and safeguard the environment through an organized, collaborative effort.
The North Shore Health Department works with a Board of Health, comprised of a licensed medical adviser and members appointed for a two-year term by village presidents or the mayor of each community. Our staff consists of a health officer, an administrative assistant, a registered sanitarian, and registered nurses who are public health nurses.
The North Shore Health Department is one of the many benefits that make living in our communities very special. Our services and programs are thoughtfully selected and carefully planned to make our communities safer and healthier, and to provide a better way of life for all residents. We offer a wide variety of programs for adults, seniors, children and infants. Some services are free - others are available at affordable fees.
Our new North Shore Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is now available for viewing. Click the link below to see how you can help yourself and your community become a healthier place to live, work and play.
Community Health Improvement Plan 2014-2019
The 2012 North Shore Community Health Survey Report prepared by JKV Research, LLC is available here. This survey is done every five years.
2012 North Shore Community Health Survey Summary.pdf
We encourage you to take advantage of the many ways we can help improve and promote healthy lifestyles for you and your family.