Local Foundation Aims to Raise Awareness of Diabetes
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Diabetes
could easily be called an epidemic and now studies show it is fastest growing
in the African-American community.
Sunday, the Dorothy Marie
Kinnard Foundation held a free event to help raise awareness in Nashville's
African-American community. The "Choose to Live: What you Should Know about
Diabetes" event had free health screenings, food samples and healthy cooking
demonstrations. Organizers say it's really about a lifestyle change and getting
the proper education.
"Our goal is to get
people to become more conscious of how they live. Especially with type 2, most
of that is because of overeating. It's very much linked to obesity, lack of
exercise. So if we can get people to change their lifestyle habits we can begin
the process of reversing what diabetes is doing to our community," said
Rhea Kinnard started the
foundation after her mother, Dorothy Kinnard died in 2011 at age 62. According
to the foundation website, she wanted to continue her mother's legacy of
Click here to read more about
the foundation or to learn how you can help.