How many times have you had a goal to be healthier, only to realize something or someone has gotten in the way of meeting your goal? There are all kinds of barriers to making healthy changes such as lack of time, bad weather, lifelong habits, and resistance from those around us. But lifestyle changes do not have to be impossible. Learning behavior change strategies can make all the difference.

Preventing or controlling diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a goal most people have. Every year, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes mellitus! In our present day of processed food and energy-saving conveniences, healthy habits do not come naturally. In fact, you will need knowledge and strategies to successfully overcome these hurdles.

Christy Rohrbaugh is a diabetes educator for WellSpan Endocrinology in Gettysburg. She can be contacted at (717) 339-2776.

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