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 June - Spotlight on the Sun

Sun Safety Tips

Check the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s UV Index before you spend time outdoors and plan your sun protection accordingly, using these tips—

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Use sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher.
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Fast Facts About Skin Cancer

  • Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take as long as 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. Plan ahead so that when you’re having fun outdoors, you won’t forget to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Even if it’s cool and cloudy, you still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage.
  • Tanned skin is damaged skin. Any change in the color of your skin after time outside—whether sunburn or suntan—indicates damage from UV rays.
  • Anyone can get skin cancer, but some things put you at higher risk.
  • Indoor tanning exposes users to both UVA and UVB rays, which damage the skin and can lead to cancer.
  • A change in your skin is the most common sign of skin cancer. This could be a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a change in a mole.

 


 

  

LAKE SUPERIOR (BAYFIELD FOODS) CSA SPECIAL ORDERS STILL OPEN! - First of all for those of you who are new to this, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You’ll receive the freshest and tastiest produce you can ever imagine through a CSA (unless you have your own garden, and then it’s hard to compare), along with the option to purchase meats, baked goods and other locally sourced items.  The best part (in my opinion) is that you are supporting local farmers who use organic methods to raise their crops/animals/etc. Clean, real food. 

The City of Duluth is a drop-site for the Bayfield Foods/Lake Superior CSA and if you choose to order, you will be able to pick up your food box from City Hall on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis.  We also receive a 5% discount for being a host. To learn more or place and order check out Bayfield Foods 


  

We are here to support you.  If you are contemplating quitting tobacco, there are many FREE resources available to help you:

 If you have questions about any of these services or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or 730-5201

 


 

Upcoming Events/Activities 

Bike Ride with Angel - On Wednesday, June 27th - join us for a bike ride up Old Hwy 61 starting at Brighton Beach and ending where the group decides to end.  We will meet at Brighton Beach at 5:30pm, planning to depart by 5:35pm.  Please wear your helmet and know that this is a friendly ride, open to friends and families.  Please RSVP with Angel at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or by calling 218-730-5201. See the flier for more details. 

 

Skin Cancer Lunch and Learn -  Wednesday, July 18th, Heather Smith from Twin Ports Dermatology will be conducting a presentation on Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention.  Learn to identify the types of skins cancers, lesions and ways to protect yourself.  Please RSVP with Angel at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or call 218-730-5201.  

 

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM  if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes or Cardiovascular Disease, this FREE program is for you! Classes began on September 28th, but there will be another round offered in the spring. The course is FREE, and is designed to help you establish healthy habits that will stay with you for life. Topics range from healthy eating, stress management, physical activity, sleep, and more. Angel is the Lifestyle Coach for this program. Contact her at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5201. 

 

 

Diabetes Prevention Program

What Is the Diabetes Prevention Program?  It is a lifestyle change intervention program where groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, a lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

 For example, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
    • Ever had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after the delivery (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes. You may also take this quick test to determine if you are at risk. 

If I am prediabetic, how do I enroll?

Contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at 218-730-5201 or email ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov to sign up or ask more question. 

When and Where will the class take place? 

Next class will take place on Thursdays from 5-6pm at City Hall in room 106A beginning September 28th. 

For more information regarding course curriculum please visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention 

 


 

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Quit Smoking Today
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Mission Statement
The mission of the wellness program is to enhance our lives through the benefits of life long wellness; by providing diverse programs that appeal to a wide range of peoples personal preferences and needs.

Vision Statement
To create a supportive environment that will reinforce a safe, healthy and well-balanced lifestyle; leading to healthier and productive lives.

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