November is American Diabetes Month. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, including over 12% of people in Alabama. Alabama ranks number one among the top five states in the nation for the prevalence of diabetes. An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
Heir-o-Link Briana Kinsey, a college sophomore and Miss Hoover 2013, has chosen Daring to Defeat Diabetes as her platform and the Dance Away Diabetes was her idea to help teens get involved the movement to stop diabetes. “As a community, we need to make a pledge to do everything we can to end this disease. We are asking everyone to raise their hand to Stop Diabetes, whether it is attending this event or getting involved in other ways.” This year, Briana in collaboration with the Tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated through the Health & Human Services facet added a Poster Contest on the theme “Things I can do now to avoid Type 2 diabetes.” Youth in grades K-12 were encouraged to participate. Over 35 students from several schools took part in the contest. All students received service hours for their participation from the American Diabetes Association. Judges for this event were Dr. Timarie Fisk, Dr. Denise Gregory and Tim Gann. This year’s winners were Jhameria Jolley from Phillips Academy, Ashley Matthews of Huffman High and Jasmine Jordan of Gardendale High School. Each winner received a $50 gift certificate and a service letter. One of the students mentioned that “because of this poster project I have learned a lot about diabetes and the importance exercise and watching what I eat. This is good to know as I have many people in my family who have diabetes.” Students were encouraged to share what that learned about diabetes with their friends and family.