Communities launch diabetes prevention programs

Children who are obese are significantly more likely to carry extra weight with them into adulthood. This dramatically increases their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

In order to fight this problem, the Tennessee Department of Health recently launched a new diabetes prevention program. As part of the initiative, the department granted the Bradley County School District $250,000 to fund new health education programs, according to the Cleveland Daily Banner.

As part of the health education programs, walking trails and rope courses will be built at several local schools.

Officials said that type 2 diabetes is a growing problem in the community, and educating children about ways they can avoid the condition is vitally important.

“It is directly associated to obesity,” June McDonald, a local school health official, told the news source. “Because of that we definitely need to address health and nutrition to the students.”

Type 2 diabetes is almost entirely preventable, and even small amounts of weight loss can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition, according to the Obesity Society.