Nutrition Services


Why is Nutrition Important?

Nutrition is a key aspect of health. Maintaining a balanced diet will help you achieve a better quality of life and prevent the onset or progression of many health conditions like obesity and diabetes. Diabetes mellitus, or type 2 diabetes, is a disease that affects millions of Americans - 2 out of 5 Americans are expected to develop type 2 diabetes in the course of their lifetimes. Having a healthy diet is an effective way to prevent or manage diabetes.

Onslow County Health Department offers programs for diabetes prevention and nutrition and wellness. Please see our Diabetes Prevention Program page for more information. To learn more about diabetes, visit the CDC website and the American Diabetes Association website.


Living with Diabetes 

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant). More than 37.3 million Americans are living with diabetes, and an estimated 96 million Americans have prediabetes. You don't have to go through it alone. Onslow County can help!