How you can fight diabetes at church

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Calling On Your Faith: The American Diabetes Association seeks participants for its “I Decide (ID) to Stop Diabetes” Day at Church Nov. 10. The “ID” Day is part of the Associations Live Empowered program, which strives to to increase awareness of the seriousness of diabetes within the African American community. | File photo

Did You Know?

More than 4 million African-Americans have diabetes

1 in 4 African-American women over the of age 55 has diabetes

African-Americans experience higher rates of diabetes complications/ have the highest heart disease rate

In 2003, African-Americans were 1.5 times more likely to be obese

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 2 African-American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime

The American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association seeks participants for its “I Decide (ID) to Stop Diabetes” Day at Church Nov. 10. The “ID” Day is part of the association’s Live Empowered program, which strives to increase awareness of the seriousness of diabetes within the African-American community.

Today, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and another 79 million people have prediabetes. If current trends continue, 1 in 3 Americans will have Type 2 diabetes by 2050; the number increases to 1 in 2 for communities of color.

Congregations are invited to heighten awareness about this disease. Across the country, more than 2,000 churches of various denominations will participate in “ID” Day. Locally, this event provides diabetes education to congregants, reaching more than 35,000 people each year.

Here’s how your church can help:

Celebrate ID Day at church on Nov. 10 using the free educational materials provided by the American Diabetes Association.

Host diabetes awareness activities leading up to or after ID Day at church. Such activities might include healthy meals and/or church work outs before or after church service.

Add American Diabetes Month to your church calendar and invite congregants to visit diabetesmosaic.org to help the association build the true picture of diabetes.

Live Empowered comprises 5 different programs. In addition to ID Day, The Chicago office offers three other programs. They are:

Project Power: Faith-based diabetes awareness workshops including topics such as: management, prevention and treatment (Power Over Diabetes), physical activity (Fit and Faithful), healthy eating (O’Taste & See), heart disease and health risk (A Clean Heart) and youth and diabetes (Train Up A Child)

Your Diabetes Total Wellness Adult Toolkit: Holistic approach to diabetes education

Choose to Live: Women’s health diabetes education message

For information on the Live Empowered program, contact Sheena Bryant at (312) 346-1805, ext. 6571, or shbryant@diabetes.org.

The American Diabetes Association