This week, Omaha health enthusiasts are having fun with a very serious health problem. The approach is one we could likely afford to see more often as nearly one in four Americans have prediabetes.
The Nebraska Medical Center held food demonstrations on Tuesday, a free Zumba class on Wednesday, and a session exploring the latest tech tools to manage diabetes on Thursday. The Zumba session addressed 2 of the top concerns associated with diabetes; making sure patients keep up some sort of exercise routine and helping them battle the depression often associated with the disease.
Registered Dietician and Diabetes Case Manager Sarah Keegan tells us, "You've got to have something you like. Zumba's new and it's fun. It's something people maybe really like because it doesn't feel like a workout."
Keegan hopes the week of educational opportunities teaches people that small steps can have a big impact on the road to better health and managing diabetes. She encourages families to challenge their current habits.
"What are we eating? What are we buying at the grocery store? How much time are we spending in front of the TV? How much time are we spending together in family meal time? Try to pick some of the healthy ones that we can concentrate on. Increase the time and increase those activities."
The last class of the week falls on World Diabetes Day, November 14th. It will focus on smartphone apps and other new technology to manage and prevent diabetes. It's open to the public from 12-1 p.m in the Durham Outpatient Center on 44th and Emile Streets.