Many Native students are entering health care fields to stem the tide of diabetes that is engulfing Indian Country. However, you don’t have to give in to the thought that diabetes is inevitable just because you are Native. Sure, it’s important for Indian Country to have trained health care workers to treat those who already have been diagnosed with diabetes, but the war on diabetes is best fought with prevention.
Rhonda Levaldo reports about measures that tribes are taking to fight the disease, including the Kickapoo Nation of Kansas’ walks, runs, and youth programs.
Levaldo also asks Indian Country to join her in her refusal to be a diabetes statistic by committing to a healthy lifestyle by doing one thing healthy thing, such as decreasing intake of unhealthy food, sticking to it, and expanding it to including other healthy choices throughout the year.