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Diabetes: Regional Diabetes Center offers education classes so clients can learn to live with the disease

Last of three parts By Maridith Yahl KyForward reporter Embedded within St. Elizabeth Physicians in Covington, The Regional Diabetes Center (RDC) offers the only diabetes education classes in Northern Kentucky. The RDC sees anyone having a physician’s referral, says Kate Moser, MSN, RN, CDCES, Diabetes Education Quality Coordinator. American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education-Certified Diabetes...

Diabetes: If you’re prediabetic, you can manage your diet, get more exercise, be kind to your pancreas

Second of a three-part series By Maridith Yahl KyForward reporter Millions of Americans do not know that they are prediabetic, according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In Kentucky, 13%, or 1 out of every 8 Kentuckians is living with type 2 diabetes. Preventing type 2 diabetes is possible by following diet and exercise guidelines. “Be nice to your pancreas. Being nice to your...

Maridith Yahl: I report about COVID, but having been exposed, quarantined and scared, please wear mask

The day had been an ordinary day, nothing outstanding or special. I was relaxing on the couch, snuggling with my dog when I got the text. A friend I had just seen was sick. At first, she was just not feeling. Nothing specific, just worn out and tired. The next night, she told me she was feeling achy and hurt all over. No fever though. Later, the fever came, then nausea and vomiting, and then the unmistakable...

Blessings Farm in Walton is a health ministry, and their message is about physical and emotional health

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward Twenty years ago, Suzy Hoseus was extremely sick and felt she was close to having colon cancer. Around that time, she attended a conference called “You Don’t Have to be Sick.” She was not yet ready to make changes needed to have a healthy lifestyle, but she says a seed was planted. A few months later, “I woke up and I had blood in my stool and it really...

As COVID-induced mental health issues emerge, this expert says ‘send your brain on a summer vacation’

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward It’s summer and that usually means lots of fun. But, the quarantine from COVID-19 has caused fear, anxiety, and loneliness. It can seem overwhelming as if there is no hope, but Dr. Annette Nunez says it is possible to achieve a positive summer mindset and improve our mental health. She suggests sending your brain on a summer vacation. Dr. Nunez, a licensed psychotherapist,...

Ethan’s Purpose: ‘There is no shame,’ say parents, whose nonprofit helps others after son’s suicide

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward “There is no shame in this. This was an opportunity to say, there is a problem out there and why are we not talking about it,” says Debbie Zegarra, co-founder of Northern Kentucky-based Ethan’s Purpose. Debbie’s son Ethan committed suicide in September 2018. Since then she has become an advocate for awareness, change, and counseling for kids. Debbie...