The Chronic Diseases including Diabetes action team is working to improve outcomes in the areas of chronic disease. The team is currently concentrating on melanoma, heart disease, and diabetes.
In the summer of 2016, members of the team provided melanoma education to parents at hot spots for preschool children to gather. Parents were given hats, lip balm, and a CDC brochure with information on skin cancer. Just five major sunburns in childhood more than doubles a child's risk for skin cancer later in life.
On April 4, 2017, the team held a mass screening at 15 locations throughout Bay County. Nearly 500 people had their blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart rates checked. A few had such high levels of blood sugar and/or blood pressure that they were instructed to go to the emergency room. Others learned they had high cholesterol. All were provided with a book on how to have a healthy lifestyle to prevent chronic disease and/or avoid complications from diseases they may already have.
The team will be screening additional people at the American Heart Association's Heart Walk on September 16, 2017 and at the World Diabetes Day Bridge Walk on October 18, 2017.
For more information on how you can help on this team, email Julie Tindall at Julie.Tindall@FLHealth.gov.