Posted by: jesscraddock | September 1, 2011

KRDC is Fighting Diabetes through Exercise

The KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition’s Bullitt County Group wishes to increase community awareness of its plans for helping residents manage their type II diabetes. It is a well know fact that exercise, proper diet, and careful listening to one’s own body can help to manage type II diabetes. One project, sponsored by KRDC, is this announcement of a contest designed to encourage you to exercise.

Bernheim Forest has more than 30 miles of trails and numerous rest benches placed in memory of loved ones scattered throughout. The object of the contest is to visit and record the last name on the nameplate of the bench as well as the date and any other information available.

A person of any age may participate in the contest. There will be a prize of $100 to the person who creates the longest list of non-duplicated entries. In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen in a random drawing. The date for final submission of lists will be OCTOBER 15, 2011.

Lists may be submitted by email to or by mail to:
KRDC Bullitt County Group, 570 Deer Park Way, Mt Washington, KY, 40047. If you are the winner, KRDC will need your contact information such as name, postal or email address, and phone number. Submissions by email will be confirmed by email and postal submissions will be confirmed by phone. If you are older than 50, you will be invited to a special event in November as well as other opportunities.

If you have Type II diabetes or wish additional information, please call (502) 930-2499.

Posted by: diabetescoalition | August 17, 2011

How Important is Activity with Diabetes?

By Mona Huff, Henry County KRDC Organizer

Recently, I attended a diabetic support group and the speaker talked about activity.  Although, she advocated activity for every person she said it was critical for the person with diabetes.  She presented us with an analogy that really stuck with me.

She told us to imagine that our clenched fist represented our muscles.  When we eat carbohydrates and it breaks down to sugar it cannot penetrate the muscles when they were like the closed fist.  So, the sugar stays in the blood stream causing the blood sugar to rise.  However, when we move our bodies and walk or do some other kind of exercise the fist (muscles) opens up and sugar can get into the muscles.  Not only does that keep the blood sugar at an acceptable level, but provides energy for us.  What a deal!

Now, that was a simple explanation but it makes sense to me.  I am trying to make sure that I have activity every day.  She also said that our activity was equally important to our daily food intake.  We will write that down and be careful with that, but then do no activity.  She encouraged us to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week.  That can be broken up into ten or fifteen minute intervals if needed.  But get up and get moving.  Your muscles will be glad you did, but so will your blood sugar!

If you are diabetic and want to learn more about diabetes and how to thrive with the disease come to our coalition meeting the second Thursday of every month.  Starting on September 8, we will be having two meetings.  At the request of the community, we are starting an evening meeting, as well.  The times are 10:30 A.M. until noon or 7:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M.  The meetings will be identical, so you can choose which one works with your schedule.  Come and learn how to become an advocate for diabetes and how to live a healthier lifestyle.

For more information–call me:

Mona Huff

Henry County Diabetes Community Organizer

6547 Bethlehem Road

Pleasureville, KY 40057

502-845-6849 or 502-706-0098


Posted by: diabetescoalition | August 16, 2011

Poverty Increases Diabetes Prevalence

By Mona Huff, KRDC Henery County Organizer

According to an article on Helen Overfield, the director of the American Diabetes Association in Louisville, a person is being diagnosed with diabetes every 17 seconds.  That sounds like we are in epidemic proportions.  This article was in Sunday’s, 8-7-11, Courier Journal (  Some of the facts that she shared were frightening and sobering.  She stated that a child born in the year 2000, 1 out of 3 will face diabetes in their lifetime.  However, if that child is of African-American or Hispanic population the stats are 1 out of 2.
Although, this article did not refer to poverty multiple studies have shown this is also an enormous influence on diabetes.  In fact, researchers from York University analyzed two sets of data: the Canadian Community Health Survey and the National Population survey for a study published in the journal Health Policy.  The results show that men making less than $15,000 per year are at double the risk of developing diabetes than those making $80,000.  For women it is three times the risk.
Treating and understanding diabetes is complicated.  Of course, one knows that heredity, obesity, physical activity and eating habits play an enormous role in diabetes.  However, there are other layers that are just now surfacing.  Poverty is only one of them.  We must look at all of society and our environment and work as partners to explore answers for this complex problem.  Will you help?
One way is to be part of the walk on the waterfront- “Step Out – Walk to Stop Diabetes” in Louisville, KY on Oct 15, 2011.  Anyone can walk and you have the choice of 1 or 3 miles.  All money raised will be used for diabetes research.
Another way to become an advocate for diabetes is to be a part of the diabetes grant received by KIPDA and University of Louisville for Bullitt, Henry, and Shelby Counties.  We are in the process of assessing the communities and will address the needs as they are discovered.  If you live in any of these counties, you may contact Bonnie Buchanan for additional information at 502-266-5571 or    If you live in Henry County and want to attend the local coalition meeting, it is the 2nd Thursday of every month at 10:30 A.M. until Noon at the 4-H Building at the Fair Grounds.  I may be reached at 502-845-6849 or

Posted by: diabetescoalition | August 12, 2011

More Than a Third of Adults Have Pre-Diabetes

 By Mona Huff, Henry County KRDC Organizer

According to a recent report from CDC more than a third of all adults have pre diabetes,  a condition in which the blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.  Pre diabetes obviously increased the risk of diabetes, but also heart disease and stroke.

Some specialist would argue that there is no such thing as pre diabetes, and if you have a higher than normal blood sugar or A1C; you have diabetes.  I am not educated enough to enter that debate, however I will say if you have pre diabetes or diabetes, you need to make changes.

Research shows that a structured lifestyle program that includes losing weight and increasing physical activity can prevent diabetes or decrease the risk of complications for those who have diabetes.  Talk with your health care providers to discover what is available in your area.  Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but of courage.   Diabetic support groups give valuable educational information as well as emotional support.  Most hospitals have free groups.

If you need more help, go to a diabetic educator or nutritionist.  They can help you plan menus that will serve your needs.  If you need help in starting physical activity, check with your doctor about what would be appropriate for you.  If you have led a sedentary lifestyle, you may want to start with exercises from the chair.  Most county extension offices have programs for senior adults that will start you slowly.  I love “Body Recall” and highly recommend it.  There are also tapes that you can purchase and do in your home if you are disciplined enough to do without the group support.  When you can safely walk start slowly and built up.  It is the best activity that you can participate in and if you can walk locally all it will cost is money for good shoes.

If you live in Henry County, please consider attending our diabetic coalition meeting the second Thursday of every month from 10:30 until noon.  The location is the 4-H at the Fair Grounds in New Castle. The purpose of the meetings is to educate the community on diabetes, support individuals and families with diabetes and become advocate for diabetes.  For more information contact:  Mona Huff at 502-845-6849 or




Posted by: jesscraddock | August 10, 2011

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers

By Jessica Craddock, Bullitt County KRDC Organizer

This is a new recipe I tried and loved!


Yield: 6 Servings
Source: The Complete Diabetes Prevention Plan

Burger Mixture Ingredients:

– 1-1/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
– 1/2 cup sliced scallions
– 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
– 1-1/4 pounds 95% lean ground turkey
– 3 tablespoons light (reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce)
– 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Rest of Recipe Ingredients:

– 6 canned pineapple rings (optional)
– 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons nonfat or light mayonnaise
– 1 tablespoon Chinese or honey mustard
– 6 light wheat or multigrain burger buns
– 6 slices red onion
– 6 lettuce leaves


Place the mushrooms, scallions, and red bell
pepper in the bowl of a food processor and
process until the vegetables are finely chopped.

Place the vegetables, ground turkey, teriyaki sauce,
and black pepper in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly.
Shape the mixture into six 4-inch patties.

Grill the burgers over medium coals or cook under a broiler
for about 6 minutes on each side, until the internal
temperature of the patties reaches 165 degrees and the meat
is no longer pink inside. (To retain moisture, avoid pressing
down on the patties as they cook.) Alternatively, coat a large
nonstick skillet or griddle with nonstick cooking spray and
cook the burgers over medium heat for about 5 minutes per side.

If desired, brush the pineapple slices with a little
teriyaki sauce and grill or broil for a minute or two
on each side, until lightly browned.

To assemble the burgers, place the mayonnaise and
mustard in a small bowl and stir to mix well.
Spread some of the mayonnaise mixture on each bun.

Place each burger in a bun and top with some of the onion,
lettuce, and if desired, a pineapple slice. Serve hot.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 243; Protein: 24g; Sodium: 594mg;
Cholesterol: 50mg; Fat: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 6.6g;
Carbohydrates: 29g
Exchanges: 1-1/2 Starch, 2-1/2 Lean Meat, 1 Vegetable

Posted by: jesscraddock | August 8, 2011

Aging and Diabetes

By Jessica Craddock, Bullitt County KRDC Organizer

This is a great PDF file that was sent to me regarding the prevalence of diabetes in the U.S and its relation to specific populations.  Here is a snippet of the article and a link to the rest of it:

” Diabetes affects just 6 percent of the U.S. population—16 million people—but more
than 1 of every 10 U.S. health care dollars is spent on diabetes.  The prevalence of
diabetes is increasing. By 2025, over 20 million Americans are expected to have diabetes.
The population with diabetes uses more health care services and is less productive
than the population without diabetes.  ”

Read the rest of this article:

Posted by: jesscraddock | August 5, 2011

Bullitt County KRDC Plans

We plan to continue weekly walks under the Bullitt County Kentucky Regional Diabetes Coalition schedule.  Since Bernheim is such a beautiful place we plan to meet there from time to time.  As I explained at our Regional meeting last week, the memory benches can be used so that walkers might walk at unscheduled times by following a handout that challenges them to find particular benches in a specified area.  A recent walk was designed to find six pictured locations between the main gate and the Visitor’s Center.  The idea was to allow people to walk at their convenience and “receive credit” for awards.


We hope significant awards can be found to encourage everyone who participates.  Perhaps someone who walks a particular trail in Bernheim might receive two passes for miniature golf.  Someone who participates in ten weekly events might receive a month’s membership to the Y.  Please leave comments to this posting to suggest awards you think would be strong encouragement.  For example, a family pass to Louisville’s zoo might encourage grandma and grandpa to take the grandkids to the zoo and take a few extra steps.

Other weeks, we plan to use Shepherdsville City Park, locations in Lebanon Junction, Mount Washington, or perhaps a stroll around a city block pushing wheelchairs.  We hope local businesses will provide incentives to one, a few, or all of those who participate. For those interested, please feel free to send email for more information to:


Posted by: diabetescoalition | August 4, 2011

Tips for Healthy Living With Diabetes

By Mona Huff, Henry County KRDC Community Organizer


  1.  Know your numbers.  You will see varying opinions on what your blood sugar should range.  However, a good number to strive for fasting is 100 and your A1C below 6.0.  You and your physician should decide on the desired numbers.
  2. Take your blood sugars as suggested by your doctor and record them with any notes to help you explain what was happening at the time if your doctor needs to understand a variance in your norms.
  3. Try to maintain a regular schedule of eating, taking prescribed meds and sleeping.
  4. Exercise daily and again plan that as close to the same time as possible.  Plan snacks to eat as you exercise.
  5. Eat properly and record what you eat.
  6. Understand your disease and how to keep diabetes under control.

These are just a few things that have helped me thrive with diabetes.  I hope they help you!


Education info can be found:


Posted by: diabetescoalition | August 1, 2011

Summer Heat Check List

By:   Elaina Burks, KIPDA’s Shelby County Organizer–

               KIPDA’s Tri-County Rural Diabetes Coalition


Summer Heat Check List

It is now August and the heat has been unbearable and we have seen some of the summer’s hottest action yet.  Everyone is trying to beat the heat and stay cool.  When diabetic, one has to paid attention and have an action plan to beat the heat.

Below are few action plans for a happy, healthy season.

  1. Eat to beat the heat Hydrate with fresh fruits and vegetables .  Their high water content will help you to cool off on the hottest days.

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  1. Protect your skin. Sunburn can evaluate your blood glucose and raise your risk of skin cancer.   Heat can affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels and also increase the absorption of some fast-acting insulin, meaning you will need to test your blood glucose more often and perhaps adjust your intake of insulin, food and liquids.

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  1. Forget the flip-flops.  Closed –toes shoes are a better bet for protecting your feet from summer bummers like cuts, blisters, insects and poison ivy.

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  1. Shield your glucose meter. Bright sunlight and heat can distort the results on your glucometer. Keep it covered – as well as insulin, test strips and all other medications away from extreme heat.

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  1. Travel Safely.  Keep unopened insulin in a cooler, wear something that identifies you as someone with diabetes. Pack a healthy snack so that you can stay on a regular eating schedule.

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Posted by: diabetescoalition | July 26, 2011

Watch Out; I Need Sugar!

By Mona Huff, KRDC Henry County Organizer

Sometimes I feel like if I don’t get sugar I may become dangerous.  How do diabetics handle that craving without getting in trouble with their blood sugar levels?  First, recognize that some sugar in the diet is needed.  The problem comes when one overdoes it.   Know your body and what your blood sugar levels can handle for an occasional treat.  If you are craving sugar here are some suggestions to help:

  • Give in a little.  Eat a small amount of what you’re craving.  If you are like me, you may have to go with a spouse or friend and share a dessert so that you won’t over do.  I cannot bring it home or I will eat too much.
  • Combine foods.  If you are craving chocolate dip a banana or strawberries so that you get healthy foods with it.  Try a little  dark chocolate as a small amount is healthy according to some research reports.
  • Grab some gum.  Sometimes a stick of gum will help eliminate the craving for something sweet.
  • Reach for fruit.  A good sweet orange or a cup of strawberries can take the craving away.
  • Go for a walk.  When a sugar craving hits you, walk away.  Take a walk and change the scenery.
  • Eat regular meals and work in nutritional snacks.  Keeping your blood sugar at consistent levels help eliminates cravings.

To get good ideas for healthy snacks Google “healthy snacks for diabetics” and you will find a large range of ideas.  Keep healthy snacks available at all times so that you will not be tempted to eat unhealthy snacks when your blood sugar dips.  Carry your glucometer and good healthy treats with you everywhere you go.  Remember the boy scout saying and be prepared!

For more information on diabetes and how to become an advocate for diabetes contact Mona Huff @ 502-845-6849 or e-mail  Join the Henry County Diabetic Coalition the second Thursday of every month at the 4-H building at the Fair Grounds in New Castle.  The time is 10:30 until noon.






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