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DIABETES: Take action toward healthier lives

Letter by Lisa Snyder, Tacoma on July 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm with 5 Comments »
July 30, 2010 2:01 pm

Re: “For our future, diabetes initiative must be reauthorized” (Viewpoint, 7-21).

I am encouraged that public awareness of diabetes is increasing through grass-roots efforts and organizations such as the Diabetes Foundation. As a physical therapist in the public schools, a member of the Washingtion State Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition and a parent of culturally influenced teens, I am exposed to and alarmed at the rising numbers of overweight, unhealthy, at-risk children.

I am equally alarmed at the lack of knowledge in the general population with regard to understanding healthy eating habits. I support the Diabetes Foundation in its mission to heighten public awareness of this epidemic. We all must assist schools and public institutions in being more accountable in the role they play in fostering this unhealthy state.

We must, with gentle force, put an end to sales of unhealthy foods and beverages in our public schools. We must begin to make healthy, fresh, nutritionally sound choices a daily routine and not a luxury in our children’s school lunch lines.

We must support education that involves the whole child, which includes daily fitness and nutrition. We have the resources: farm-fresh foods, knowledge, and people. It is past time to take action.

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  1. tubbythetuba says:

    This letter is a perfect example of a liberal wanting to lay down and let the Gooberment take care of her and her family. I have diabetes, too, and it’s because I didn’t push myself away from the dinner table and refused to stop eating bad snacks. I want the option to eat what I want, when I want. I’ve got good numbers, and slowing losing weight not because of the Gooberment, but because of me. Lady, if you are alarmed at your kids, DO something about it instead of wringing your hands and whining. GAWD!

  2. hensandducks says:

    Right on! I am a public school teacher and witness on a daily basis student food choices: chips, beverages in plastic containers and candy. It is ridiculous.

  3. American’s consumption of High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) increased by more than 1000 percent between 1970 and 1990

    Prevalence of overweight children 1970-2000

  4. If at first you don’t succeed…..

    American’s consumption of HFCS increased by more than 1000 percent between 1970 and 1990

    Prevalence of overweight children 1970-2000
    6-11 year olds: increased from 4% to 15%
    12-19 year olds: increased from 5% to 15%

  5. murphtall says:

    @tubby: agreed. I have “pre diabetic condition” which means my insulin secretion is lowered but not to the point of diabetes type 2 classification. If i had not stopped eating HFCS and enriched grains I would probably be type 2 by now (according to my doctor) plus now i am healthier and in better shape, just by eating better. all children should learn health as much as they learn std safety which is currently being taught at a rate 20X less than is acceptable, in my book anyway..

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