BENEFITING: Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi
EVENT DATE: Oct 02, 2016
The overall goal of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is to care for the 373,000 Mississippians who have diabetes through a wide range of services and programs. The DFM accomplishes this goal through support of comprehensive statewide diabetes education and informational programs, assisting families with newly diagnosed children, sponsoring Camp Kandu for children with diabetes and their families, providing camperships for Camp Hopewell in Mississippi and other diabetes camps, sponsoring educational programs for people with diabetes and health professionals, promoting campaigns to increase diabetes prevention, awareness and advocacy for all Mississippians with diabetes and providing direct patient services for needy families. Facts about Diabetes in Mississippi: In 2014, about 1 in 8 (13%) of Mississippi’s adult population reported having diabetes. The national average is about 1 in 10 or 9.3%. Mississippians have the highest risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. 70.7% of adults in Mississippi are overweight or obese. 40% of Mississippi children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese. 15.4 % of our high school students are obese. And 1 in 3 will likely develop Type-2 diabetes. Diabetes is associated with heart disease, stroke, eye damage, kidney disease and foot problems that cane lead to amputations. Diabetes walk is a great way to support the people with diabetes and help rise funds. It will also rise the awareness about the disease. We will walk on October 2nd at the Southern Farm Bureau Life building. Please consider making a donation to help us support the cause of the foundation. Even if you are unable to participate in the walk, we welcome any amount of donation. I hope that you will consider sponsoring my participation in this event.