3 Ways To Decrease Your Child’s Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes | Shani K. Collins1
by: Shani K. Collins
Growing up, my mother would always say: “Honey, make sure you eat a well-balanced meal, with plenty of green vegetables.” In addition to making sure that my sister and I ate properly, my mother would often take us walking with her after work. In retrospect, my mother was shaping our consciousness about healthy eating and healthy living. I appreciate her for demonstrating to us the importance of staying healthy throughout life. Similarly, through their tireless efforts to promote nutrition, diet, and exercise, President and First Lady Obama are making their young daughters, Sasha and Malia, cognizant of the importance of being healthy. Are you doing the same?
In the African-American community, we teach our children the value of faith, money, education, hard work, family, and of service to the community, but are we teaching our children the value of having good health? According to diabetes statistics from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are not. The CDC finds that type 2 diabetes is highest among American-Indian, African-American and Hispanic youths between the ages of 10-19.