IMPORTANT NOTICE: Many pages on this site may not display properly for Internet Explorer 11 users. Please consider another browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

                           PATIENT AND PUBLIC RESOURCES

The CDC has recently published a website that is an excellent source of information on a variety of health topics   This resource is a "one stop" shop for health information on a variety of community health issues. 


A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease, and stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

A person with certain risk factors is more likely to develop prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include:

  • age over 45
  • being overweight or obest
  • a family history of diabetes
  • having an African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander racial or ethnic background
  • a history of gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant)
  • being physically active less than three times a week.

  • Diabetes Self-Management Education programs are based on National Standards.  Wyoming currently has 11 recognized programs.  To locate one download a current list.

Heart Disease and Stroke

  • Do you know the signs and symptoms of a stroke? Click here to download an easy-to-follow guide for recognizing them. Equally important is knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, such as:
    • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest. It may last a few minutes, or it can go away and come back.
    •  Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
    •  Shortness of breath with or without discomfort. Other signs may include cold sweats, nausea, or lightheadedness.
    • For women, signs and symptoms may differ. For example, women may be more likely to experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, upper back pressure and extreme fatigue. (Source: AHA)
  • If you or someone you know needs to locate a cardiac rehabilitation center in Wyoming, click here for a list.


  • The University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Office administers the Cent$ible Nutrition Program. This program aims to improve the nutrition of Wyoming individuals and families; especially those with limited resources. To learn more about the program and how to participate, click here.

  • Dining with Diabetes - Another program offered by the UW Extension Office. This program is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes eat healthy and better manage their diabetes. It is also open to family members. To learn more, visit their website

Physical Activity
  • WY Outside is a coalition of public, private and nonprofit organizations that was established to encourage children and families to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year. To learn more about WY Outside, click here. To find outdoor activities in your community, visit the WY Outside Resource Guide.
  • The Wyoming Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports promotes, educates, encourages, and provides opportunities for Wyoming residents to achieve overall well-being through physical activities and health awareness. To learn more about current activities, click on the link above.
  • The Wyoming Association for Health and Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance advocates for quality physical education in schools. They serve as a resource in curriculum development and implementation at state and local levels, as well as provide professional growth and development services.
  • Tobacco use can cause a number of health problems. Below are some examples of how tobacco use can contribute to developing a chronic disease and/or complications associated with an existing condition.
    • If you have diabetes and smoke, you have higher risk for developing serious complications, such as heart and kidney disease; poor blood flow, which can lead to nerve damage and amputation; and eye problems.
    • If you don't have diabetes, using tobacco can also cause problems with your body's ability to use insulin, which may lead to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.
    • Using tobacco also increases your risk of developing heart disease and cancer.
  • The Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program is a service provided by the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. It is open to adults aged 18 and older who wish to quit any form of tobacco. The program offers web-based and telephone services by going to: or calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Major benefits of the program include:
    • Free coaching and 24/7 web-based support.
    • Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), such as gum, patches, and lozenges, to those enrolled in the program as well as reduced-cost prescription tobacco cessation medications, mailed right to your door! 
    • Customized programs and additional services offered for pregnant women, smokeless tobacco users, persons with chronic conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) seeking lifestyle change coaching, and respectful cessation assistance for American Indians.

          To download a printable brochure and learn more about the program, click here.

  • To see if your community has a local trained tobacco specialist, please download a current list.

National Resources


Heart Disease and Stroke


Physical Activity