Take action against diabetes
National Diabetes Education Program
Raising awareness about diabetes is one way we can all make a difference in the prevention of this disease. The National Diabetes Education Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is addressing the challenge of diabetes prevention with a national diabetes-prevention campaign: Small Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent type 2 Diabetes.
The goal is to spread the word that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate lifestyle changes, one small step at a time. I hope you will take action today and learn how to participate in the program. This program is especially useful for health care providers and community organizations that have the opportunity to educate their clients and members. For more information, visit ndep.nih.gov.
Remove Junk Food From Schools
Type 2 diabetes and obesity are being diagnosed in children at an alarming rate in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 16% of all children were considered obese in 2002, the latest year that statistics were compiled. By now that number is certainly much higher. This trend cannot be helped by the fact that most of the schools in this country allow sodas and junk food to be sold to students in school stores and vending machines.
You can help change this situation by telling your Congressperson to help stop the sale of sodas and junk food in schools.