The North Carolina General Assembly is giving funding to five counties for a program to help prevent Type 2 diabetes in children. One of the five counties is in Eastern Carolina: Nash County. The other four are Gaston, Johnston, Robeson and Wilkes counties.
The $250,000 will help the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services expand the WakeMed ENERGIZE! program. That program focuses on nutrition, physical activity, and self-esteem for at-risk children and their families.
According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 2,000 kids ages 10-18 have enrolled in the WakeMed program. Almost half of them had pre-diabetes. The children reduced nearly all of their risk factors by the end of the 12-week program. Nearly 80 percent of the children who had elevated glucose reduced their levels to normal after 6 months; 70 percent were still at normal levels a year later.
To read about the WakeMed program, click here.