Dannie Cunningham, 61, cut his soaring sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol down to normal range and dropped 56 pounds by working longterm with a diabetes counselor.
Starting in 2005, within five years a Nebraska school chopped the obesity rate of its grade school students by a stunning 13 percent. How did they do it?
Kanawha Elementary gets kids active, having fun, during the half-hour before school when they would otherwise be sitting on bleachers. A great idea, proven by research to help kids focus and concentrate. School should look for such opportunities. Continue reading
Here are first-rate resources for teachers, parents and anybody who works with children, plus research on health and fitness.
West Virginia is at the top of the charts when it come to diabetes, yet the American Diabetes Association pulled out of the state in three years. But the group is headed back, they say. Continue reading
This disease causes heart attacks and leads to strokes, blindness, arm and leg amputations, nerve damage, kidney failure, liver failure. It kills people early. It’s starting to attack children. And it’s everywhere in West Virginia./
Everette Ray Roberts of Mingo County is one of an estimated 69,000 West Virginians who have diabetes, but don’t know it. He was lucky he was diagnosed in time and luckier to have found a counselor who could help him bring it under control.
The home county of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., is also home to at least 6,000 diabetics — one in six of every county resident. “And there are many more who don’t know they have it.”
Lexi Winnell, 9, is insulin resistant, a red-flag sign of diabetes risk. Swimming, walking and exercising, she and her grandparents are determined to bring down her risk of diabetes. “We want her to have a long, healthy life,” grandmother Kelly Winnell said.
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About 125,000 diabetics live in West Virginia, according to Gallup Healthways. Another estimated 125,000, like Handley, are near-diabetic, but can still head it off. Where do these turn for help with preventing or coping with diabetes?