Central Wellness

Mission of Wellness Committee

The mission of the Wellness Committee is to promote healthy development of the mind, body and spirit of the members of the Central Methodist University Community through physical exercise, health and fitness awareness, educational programs, and recreational activities.


Definition of Wellness

The concept of wellness advocates a balanced approach to life and includes social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, occupational and physical components.


Wellness Focus: November is American Diabetes Month

What is diabetes?

People who have diabetes have blood glucose (or sugar) levels that are above normal. Most of the food you eat is turned into sugar for your body to use for energy. Your body needs insulin, which is made by the pancreas, to help sugar get into your body's cells. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make the right amount of insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

What are the signs?

If you think you have diabetes, you should see your doctor right away. Some of these things may be happening to you:

  • Passing urine more than normal
  • Extreme thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme hunger
  • Sudden eyesight changes
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Feeling very tired much of the time
  • Very dry skiin
  • Sores that are slow to heal
  • More infections than normal

What is the treatment?

There is no known cure for diabetes, but it can be helped with medicine and doing things that are healthy. People with Type 1 can control it by taking insulin, eating healthy and being active. Those with Type 2 can help their symptoms by eating healthy, exercising and regular blood glucose testing. In both cases, self-care is important. This means keeping tabs on your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Healthy habits every day also helps. Preventive care - like regular eye exams and other medical checkups - can help keep your diabetes from getting worse.

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