A press release from the McHenry County Health Department:
Health Department and Woodstock library join forces to offer January 11 health screenings
WOODSTOCK IL – If one of your New Year’s resolutions was a vow to improve your health this year, get started by having your heart health checked at the Woodstock Library on Thursday, January 11th. T
he library, located at 414 West Judd Street in Woodstock, and McHenry County Department of Health are scheduling appointments for low cost screenings from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.
Schedule your appointment by visiting “MCDH Wellness Screening at the Woodstock Public Library in January” on the Health Department website (www.mcdh.info).
You can also call 815-334-4510 to schedule your appointment. There is no cost for Blood Pressure, Body Composition and Heart Age screenings.
For $25 you can add glucose and cholesterol checks.
Health screenings can identify the first signs of many preventable chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
You may have prediabetes, which often has no visible symptoms, and not know it.
Prediabetes means your blood sugar is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetic.
Having prediabetes doesn’t inevitably mean that you will become a type 2 diabetic.
Often people can actually lower blood glucose levels to the normal range through healthy eating and exercise.
According to the American Diabetes Association, research shows that you can lower your type 2 diabetes risk by 58% just by losing 7% of your body weight (or 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds) and exercising moderately (such as brisk walking) 30 minutes a day, five days a week.