Ponca City – (November 4, 2021) – November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), provides Oklahoma residents with tools and advice to fight diabetes, one of the leading killers in the United States.
Over the past 20 years, the rate of Oklahomians living with diabetes has tripled. This chronic disease affects more than 330,000 people in the state every day, and Oklahoma has the 5th highest diabetes death rate in the country.
“Making just one healthy change, like drinking one less sugary drink a day, is a great first step towards living without diabetes,” said Jenny Creech, TSET Healthy Living Program Coordinator with Kay County Service. “Swapping fatty, high-calorie foods for fresh, healthy foods is also very helpful. “
Small changes like being more aware of the food you eat are just one way to lower your risk. Not smoking, getting enough sleep every night, and increasing your daily physical activity are all effective measures to reduce the risk of diabetes in your life.
Type 2 diabetes is most commonly seen in inactive and overweight adults and children. This form of diabetes occurs when your body cannot properly produce insulin to support you in the best possible way. Fortunately, type 2 diabetes is preventable and manageable just by making healthy lifestyle changes. Being active with your family every day is an important step towards a healthier, diabetes-free lifestyle. Find tons of inspiration to help you move more – and make it fun – at ShapeYourFutureOK.com. You can also find quick and healthy meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, and other free tools for better health on the website.
Shape Your Future is committed to helping Oklahoma residents change their lifestyles for better health. By being aware of the causes of type 2 diabetes, you are empowered to participate in prevention activities to build a better future for yourself and your family.
Shape your future is a community health education intervention that encourages Oklahoma residents to eat better, be more active and not to smoke. SYF strives to educate parents, teachers, caregivers, and all Oklahoma residents on how to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Find us online at ShapeYourFutureOK.com.
The TSET Healthy Living Program is a group of community grants designed to reduce the leading causes of death in Oklahoma by reducing smoking and obesity locally. The goal of the program is to work in areas of the state with the lowest health outcomes to improve access to healthy foods, increase opportunities for physical activity, and support tobacco-free lifestyles.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with coalitions and local initiatives across the state, cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and working in the public and private sectors to develop, support, implement implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve public health. To learn more, visit TSET.ok.gov.