For Immediate Release Contact: Tracy McCulloch May 25, 2012 208-239-5250 Southeastern Idaho Public will hold a free Foot care and ABCs of Diabetes Clinic on Thursday, June 14th Southeastern Idaho Public Health and Idaho State University will provide a free foot exam, foot care, and ABCs of diabetes clinic, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, on Thursday, June 14, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Butte County Public Health office at 178 Sunset. Other services provided at the clinic include dietary counseling, blood pressure screening, functional fitness testing and action planning. All services will be provided by Idaho State University Senior Nursing, Dietetics, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Health Education Students. Regular foot exams and foot care are a critical part of regular diabetes care. Regular foot exams can help prevent serious damage to the feet and can prevent amputation by catching and treating abnormalities before they become serious. Keeping the ABCs of diabetes, A1c, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol, in control is also important. The A1c goal for most people is below 7%. High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard and may cause heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. The goal for most people is 130/80. Cholesterol numbers tell the amount of fat in your blood. “Bad” cholesterol (LDL) builds up and clogs your blood vessels which can cause heart attack or stroke. The LDL goal for most people is less than 100. “Good” cholesterol (HDL) helps remove cholesterol from your blood vessels. The HDL goal for most people is above 40. Good ways to help control the ABCs of diabetes are to eat healthy, get 30 – 60 minutes of physical activity, and be smoke free. It is also good to get routine care including dental exams, dilated eye exams, and don’t forget the foot exam. Everyone is invited to the foot exam clinic, especially those living with diabetes. The services provided at the clinic can benefit everyone. For additional information about the foot exam and ABCs clinic, please contact the Butte County Public Health office at 527-3463. Butte County • P.O. Box 806 • 178 Sunset • Arco, Idaho 83213 • Phone 208.527.3463 • Fax 208.527.3972 siphidaho.org • twitter.com/siphidaho • facebook.com/siphidaho Every day, in every way, empowering & improving health!