Health group works to combat diabetes over the holidays

Diabetes awareness and healthy eating for Thanksgiving are the themes of this month's wellness message from Get Healthy CT, the regional wellness coalition that includes hospitals, health departments  and other health and social service providers.

Visit and click on “Monthly Health Feature” for information about diabetes prevention, a diabetes risk assessment test, an exercise guide for people with diabetes and diabetes-friendly Thanksgiving foods.

Get Healthy CT focuses on a different obesity prevention topic each month and provides resources in print and online. Printed information packets are also available at Bridgeport area libraries, community centers, regional health departments, and other locations.

Get Healthy CT is a community coalition that works in the greater Bridgeport, New Haven and Greenwich regions to make the “healthy choice the easy choice.”

The obesity rates in the United States and greater Bridgeport region are increasing due to many factors such as portion sizes, food choices, lack of convenient supermarkets in neighborhoods, consumer advertising, food costs and more sedentary lifestyles.

According to the Greater Bridgeport Community Health Assessment (March 2013), survey respondents in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull report obesity rates ranging from 16% to 32%.