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Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter

Diabetes Life Lines is a bimonthly publication brought to you by your local county Extension office. Inside this issue of Diabetes Life Lines discover how to save money at the checkout line, switching to insulin tips and more. Read the latest Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter.

My Medicare Matters

My Medicare Matters is a comprehensive national education program to help people with Medicare and their families understand the new Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, access their personal situation, understand their choices, compare plan options and make the enrollment decision that is right for their health and their financial situation.

There are two ways to do a BenefitsCheckUp. Either come to the Columbus Cooperative Extension office or click on the green and blue My Medicare Matters logo at the top of the page or click here to do it yourself.

Those who want to participate need to have the following information: Medicare card and master list of prescription drugs.

Are You Missing Out on Benefits?

State, federal private benefit programs may help you cover expenses such as prescription drugs, rent, heating bills, meals and more. BenefitsCheckUp can help you find and get the benefits you deserve. Completing a BenefitsCheckUp questionnaire online only takes a few minutes. Its FREE and your answers are confidential.

FACES: Senior Sense Newsletter

Senior Sense, May 2011 - Inside this issue: Breast & Prostate Cancer in the African American Population, Safety Begins At Home, and One House, Multiple Generations.

Senior Sense, June 2010 - Inside this issue: Smart Shopping at the Grocery Store, Caregiving in the Country and Making a Visit to the Emergency Room Less Stressful.

Senior Sense, November 2009 - Inside this issue: Seeing A Specialist, Opt Out: Put a Stop to Unsolicited Mail, Email, and Tele-Marketing and Building Relationships with In-Home Care Givers.

Senior Sense, August 2009 - Inside this issue: Should a Parent Move Into Your Home?, Finding a New Health Care Provider and Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide.

Georgia Saves / Columbus Consortium

"America Saves" and "Choose to Save" are national campaigns to encourage Americans to save and build wealth, not debt. America Saves is sponsored by a broad-based coalition of government, business and not-for-profit groups at the national level. To learn more about America Saves visit The Georgia Cooperative Extension Service has adopted these programs as part of a new statewide initiative. We are looking to build a statewide coalition of banks, credit unions, community organizations, government agencies, and media. Are you interested? Contact our office!

The Columbus Extension Office, along with Columbus partners, will provide financial education, money management skills and financial coaching to participants. Anyone who agrees to work toward a savings goal such as home ownership, school tuition, retirement, or even debt repayment can become part of the savings campaign!

Becoming a Saver costs nothing! The only obligation is to develop a specific goal and work toward it. All Savers will receive a quarterly financial newsletter, an enrollment card, fact sheets, and the opportunity to attend seminars and presentations on debt and money management.

Novel H1N1 Flu Information

Novel H1N1 (also referred to as "swine flu") is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a pandemic of novel H1N1 flu was underway.

Review the information below to better prepare yourself for the upcoming flu season:

Dealing With Floods

Emergencies happen. When they do, the best strategy is to already have a plan in place. This includes knowing the proper food and water safety precautions to take if floods or other natural disasters do occur. Click here to learn what you can do today to better prepare yourself for tomorrow.

Indoor Air Quality

We can help improve the quality of the air in your home. Are you concerned about...
  • Biological pollutants (like molds, mildew, and dust mites)?
  • Unhealthy remodeling by-products?
  • Combustion products including carbon monoxide?
  • Lead dust?
  • Secondhand smoke?
  • Radon?
  • Formaldehyde?
  • Volatile organic compounds?
  • Asbestos?
  • Particulates (from fireplaces, dust, pollen, etc.)?
The West District Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agents publish a newsletter about your Indoor Air Quality. We also have many brochures to help you improve the air in your home. Call at (706) 653-4200 us to learn more!


Family And Consumer Sciences Links

Children, Youth & Families (UGA FCS)
Foods & Nutrition (UGA FCS)
Consumer Economics (UGA FCS)
Housing & Environment (UGA FCS)
UGA FCS Online Publications
Ride Safe Georgia
National Safe Kids Campaign
American Diabetes Association
National Diabetes Education Program
College Student Finances
Mortgage Calculator
Bank Rates, Student Loans, Mortgages...
Choose to Save Education Program

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