Ending Type 2 Diabetes One Exercise, Nutrition, and Gardening Class at a Time

Diabetes Prevention Programs: Not a One-Hit-Wonder

In About the Program on December 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

This morning, traditional irrigation was replaced by gardeners’ tears. It’s no secret that around these parts, people’s lives are tough. That their stories are not surprising, however, doesn’t make them any less disturbing. It seems as though the garden fosters candor rarely found outside the doctor’s office. Tearing out dead hot pepper plants, Mirabelle was through suppressing her tears; a son unjustly incarcerated, a mother crippled by diabetes, and a friends’ children wondering where their recently deceased father has gone.

Being the Communications Manager for the Diabetes Prevention Program, my attention was momentarily diverted when she expressed her dismay at the 4 year old’s weight. Her recently deceased friend left behind a wife, 4-year old boy, and 10-year old girl. At the funeral, the boy was hungry. Mirabelle’s funeral pictures revealed the grave, the family in mourning, and the boy at work on a monumental sandwich. ‘Solo come, Rebecca. Esta engordando mucho.’ He only eats, Rebecca. He’s gaining a lot of weight.

In other words, diabetes is complex. The disease is bred from the full spectrum of life’s challenges. Diabetes prevention, therefore, is equally complex. It does not – it cannot – stop at exercise, nutrition, or gardening classes.

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