Diabetes is an epidemic. Currently, 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes. And that percentage seems to be growing.
In the Pajaro Valley community, type 2 diabetes is a big problem. Some estimates show that two-thirds of individuals living in the area will eventually be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
For this reason, the community, with the help of diabetes educators and nurses, are doing what they can to help raise awareness for the problem. The goal is to help more people understand this condition, including what causes it, what it is, and how it is treated.
Currently, there are an abundance of readily available options for not-so-healthy food. This makes it incredibly important to for individuals to make lifestyle changes, from choosing healthier meals, to incorporating exercise into their daily routines.
In the video below, students, teachers, and diabetes educators describe and discuss the health issues that are currently plaguing their community. In addition to offering some healthy tips for preventing diabetes in your own community, you might find there are some things you can relate to.
Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.