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Colorado Flood and Wildfire Awareness Week

In 2013 Colorado experienced the twin disasters of wildfires and floods on an especially large scale.  Now, it is time to take the lessons learned from these disasters and prepare for this year, as summer — fire and flood season — is just a few months away.  Therefore, this week has been designated Colorado Flood and Wildfire Awareness Week.  Both the Colorado Office of Emergency Management and NOAA have prepared instructional resources for Colorado citizens to learn about preparing for floods and fires — click on the hyperlinks for information from each agency. 

In addition, you can find a great deal of information on Colorado fires and floods in our library.  Search our web catalog for resources, including information on the 2013 fires and floods, such as the Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health Task Force Report, issued in September 2013.  Check back often, as new reports on the 2013 floods are being issued and will be cataloged by our library as they become available.

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Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Almost 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, while another 79 million have what is called “prediabetes.” In our library we have a number of publications that can help you learn more about this disease, including The Burden of Diabetes in Colorado; Planning for the Future: Colorado Diabetes Prevention and Control Strategic Plan; Diet and Diabetes; Colorado Diabetes Resource Guide; Understanding Diabetes; and Colorado’s Action Plan to Reduce the Burden of Diabetes.

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Diabetes Awareness

Yesterday was American Diabetes Alert Day, a day to inform the public about the seriousness of diabetes. People are encouraged to take the diabetes risk test to discover if they are at risk for developing diabetes.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), approximately 220,867 Coloradans have diabetes, and an additional 92,000 are undiagnosed. Luckily diabetes can be prevented through moderate changes in diet and exercise. CDPHE has put together a nice collection of resources on diabetes and diabetes prevention.

Other resources that may be of interest:

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Diabetes

Reported in last week’s news is the fact that diabetes is on the rise, and the number of patients without insurance coverage for it or with inadequate insurance is steadily increasing as well. The insulin pump, the best treatment, is unavailable to many. Our library has a great book for people living with this condition, Understanding Diabetes: a handbook for people who are living with diabetes. Published in 2006 and updated every few years, its 300+ pages are packed with information on all aspects of management. It is available for loan. In addition, the State of Colorado’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program website has information for researchers as well as patients. Many of the publications throughout this site can be borrowed from our library.