The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 15% of Native Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, a rate higher than other populations. The condition is the fourth leading cause of death of Native people – nearly three times higher than any other U.S. ethnic group.
Nutrition support is needed to combat Type 2 diabetes in Indian Country. Supported by an initial $225,000 grant from Seeds of Native Health, the American Diabetes Association is developing an interactive, culturally appropriate nutrition program specifically for Native people.
The program is being piloted at six sites across Indian Country, and will be expanded and made available to Native communities across the country.