Did You Know?
- 7.3 percent of Lake County’s 700,000 residents are battling diabetes.
- Since 2009, more than 850 patients have benefited from the Be Well-Lake County program. The program currently serves 400 active patients.
- Nearly one-third of the 26 million Americans who have diabetes don’t know it (according to the American Diabetes Association).
Be Well-Lake County
Be Well-Lake County, a community health initiative committed to providing greater access to comprehensive diabetes care, is a vital asset to more than 850 medically underserved patients with Type 2 diabetes.
The comprehensive program, a collaborative effort between NorthShore University HealthSystem and the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, is unique in that it provides disease management, subspecialty care, assistance with medication and testing supplies, on-site Hemoglobin A1C testing, an exercise training component and a community garden.
Proper diabetes management is critical, since complications can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney disease. The program underscores NorthShore’s commitment to reducing health disparities in the community. Be Well-Lake County also supports a community garden in North Chicago. Community members are invited to volunteer with the upkeep of the garden throughout the summer months.
Julie Krohn, MS, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Services Assistant Coordinator
Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center
2400 Belvidere Road
Waukegan, IL 60085
To make a contribution:
1033 University Place, Ste. 450
Evanston, IL 60201