Nassau County Health
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Nassau County Health
Is Our Mission

Exercise Is Key to Good Health

Here is Rosie’s Story:

Exercise is good for everyone. Especially if you have diabetes.It even helps if you are at risk for diabetes.

When my doctor told me that I had diabetes, I was scared and surprised. I knew my weight was much higher than it should be — but diabetes? I asked my doctor if losing weight or exercise could help my diabetes.

My doctor said diet and exercise can do good things for diabetes control. It is just as important as medication. Exercise makes it easier to control your blood glucose (sugar) levels. My doctor told me I should do physical activity at least 30 minutes a day.

Since I hadn’t exercised in a long time, I started slowly. At first, I did 10 minutes a day of walking. Then, every day I increased a little at a time. I tried to exercise five days a week. I made it part of my everyday routine. It was hard but I stuck to it. By three months, I was up to walking 45 minutes a day. I had more energy and felt much better. Every month, I started seeing my weight drop by a few pounds. After six months I had lost 20 pounds.

On my next visit to the doctor, my diabetes was at my goal A1c. The doctor was impressed at the changes I had made to improve my health. My blood pressure and cholesterol were also better because of my exercise and weight loss. I don’t feel scared anymore. I know I can do what I need to do to keep my diabetes under control.
The Long Island FQHC, Inc. is a family health center that provides comprehensive primary and specialty care for the whole family. We provide services for all adult, pediatric, OB/GYN, Behavioral health and dental care needs at several location throughout Nassau County. We will see patients regardless of their ability to pay and regardless of citizenship status.

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