Promotion of Diabetes Education Programs
DALLAS, TX – Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States, donated $45,000 to the American Diabetes Association North Texas Office to help promote African-American and Hispanic diabetes education programs in the Dallas and FortWorth areas.
“Texas Health Resources is proud to collaborate with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to help individuals manage this life-threatening disease through prevention and education, support groups, healthy lifestyle tips and ongoing motivation. By supporting the ADA’s Live Empowered and Por Tu Familia programs, we are able to pro-actively respond to our communities’ most pressing needs and offer care to those who need it most,” said Felicia Walker, program director for Texas Health Resources.
The African American program, Live Empowered, diligently seeks to promote awareness of the severity of diabetes and its complications among people of African descent through community-based educational programs and workshops. It also includes an awareness campaign in over 200 churches in Dallas and Fort Worth as well as an annual health and wellness tea for African-American women. Por Tu Familia- or “for your family”- is also an advocate for the awareness and prevention of diabetes for the Latino community. It has been able to reach 150,000 Latinos through fun and creative community workshops and sessions such as, “Everybody Dance for Your Health!” and “Health and Flavor in the Latino Kitchen”.
Diabetes is a chronic disease caused by the inability of the body to produce insulin or for cells to absorb it correctly. As a consequence, abnormal levels of glucose accumulate in the body causing complications. Latinos and African-Americans are most at risk and it affects them in disproportionate numbers: one in two ethnic minority children born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime. The complications of diabetes include kidney failure, heart disease, vision deterioration, and lower limb amputations. Early diagnosis of diabetes helps to control glucose levels, and with the assistance of proper medical care, diet, exercise, insulin and oral medications, the complications of diabetes can be prevented or delayed.
The Texas Health system includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist family of hospitals.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit http://www.diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.