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Chronic Disease Prevention

Florida Department of Health in Hendry County

  •  (863) 674-4041


    (863) 674-4076

    Mailing Address

    LaBelle - 1140 Pratt Blvd; 33935 

    Clewiston - 1100 South Olympia Ave 33440 


Chronic Disease Prevention Programs

Childhood Obesity Prevention

The Hendry and Glades County Health Departments work together to provide healthy programs at West Glades School. Grades K-3 participate in the Fresh 2 U monthly fruit and vegetable tasting program and the classroom based Mileage Club to increase physical activity. Fourth grade classes have a monthly Fresh 2 U cooking Class with healthy lessons. In addition the 4th graders have a Mileage Club 2 mornings a week before school. These programs encourage youth at an early age to make good decisions to eat more fruits and veggies and be more active.

Local Public Health System Partnership

In 2011 many members of the Local Public Health System came together to complete the CDC’s local assessment of our counties. In 2012 we set plans to continue the work focusing on child and adult obesity, diabetes screening, blood pressure screening and mammography screenings to help lower the percentage of people reporting fair or poor health and to decrease preventable hospital stays. The partnership is working together to apply for small grants to expand healthy messages in Hendry and Glades counties.

Hendry/Glades Diabetes Prevention Partnership

The Hendry and Glades County Health Departments in partnership with Hendry Regional Medical Center offers the Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost to participants that provides information and tools to help reduce risk of developing diabetes. The accountability of a group setting and the guidance and support of the Life Coach will support and encourage you to reduce your risk. Sessions are offered in LaBelle, Clewiston and Moore Haven. Special groups may be accommodated as well.

To qualify for this program, you must be:
- at least 18 years old, and
- overweight (BMI greater than 25 - look for your height and weight - where they meet is your BMI), and
- at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes
- at least 18 years old, and
- have been diagnosed with "pre-diabetes" by a healthcare provider

*Note: If you have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you do not qualify for this program; however, Hendry Regional Medical Center offers a Diabetes Self-Management Program at no cost. Call 863 983-1123 for more information and dates.

Don't know if you are at "high risk"? Take the "KNOW YOUR SCORE" short test to determine if you are at risk for developing pre-diabetes or diabetes. This test does NOT mean that you have diabetes. One or more blood tests ordered by your healthcare provider would be needed to confirm you have diabetes.

For more information please contact Mary Ruth Prouty at 863 674-4056 Ext 135