Last updated: July 18. 2013 2:11PM - 512 Views
Debbie Rolen
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Only three counties in the state have worse health ratings than Logan County. Premature death, poor or fair health, poor physical health days, poor mental health days and low birth weight are categories needing improvement.

A new 2013 study by “The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps” ranks Logan County 52nd out of 55 counties in health outcomes. Only McDowell (55th), Wyoming (54th), Mingo (53rd) ranked worse.

The county-by-county study can be found online at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/west-virginia/2013/compare-counties/

That was the bad news. The good news is a number of agencies and organizations are hard at work in Logan County to bring the ranking up.

Diabetes is a serious illness affects many Logan County residents and early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing complications like heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and stroke. Logan County has formed a Diabetes Coalition, which is working to help residents make healthy food choices and provide education through classes for both diabetes prevention and diabetes management.

Other participants included the Chertow Diabetes Center at Marshall University, Change the Future WV, West Virginia Extension Service, Wellness Council of West Virginia, West Virginia Medical Institute and the West Virginia Tobacco Cessation Program.

These agencies and others in Logan County are available to answer questions and assist residents live happier, healthier lives.

Everyone with Diabetes Counts is a West Virginia Medical Institute program has a number of resources available to manage diabetes, make healthier choices and recruiting Medicare beneficiaries to attend classes. For more information contact Natalie Tappe at 304-346-9864 or emailntappe@wvmi.org.

To get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) visit Facebook, stopdiabetes.com or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).

For information on diabetes classes available, contact Anise Nash at the Chertow Diabetes Center, 304-691-1660 for Logan County, and Dana Wright at 304-235-2692 for Mingo County.

The Chief Logan Recreation Center provides opportunities for various types of exercise classes. For more information, call 304- 855-8591.

Logan Mingo Mental Health also provides information about how mental health can affect overall health, and services to address concerns. Call 304-792-7130 in Logan County, or 304-235-2954 in Mingo County.

Child and adult food care are only two of many programs are offered by PRIDE. Contact 304-752-5344.

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