Published May 16, 2016
TUALILP, WASHINGTON — The Center for Disease Control predicts that one in two American Indian and Alaska Native children born in 2000 will have type 2 diabetes in their lifetime unless the current trend is halted. To raise awareness and help combat the diabetes epidemic among local kids and teens, the Amerigroup Foundation has provided $20,000 in funding to support health and wellness programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. The Club offers local youth critical programming during out-of-school time, creating a positive environment focused on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
“As one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States, type 2 diabetes affects all Washingtonians, but the risk is higher for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. Early education can provide better outcomes,” said Amerigroup Washington Medical Director Dr. Tanya Dansky. “This is why Amerigroup strongly supports the Boys & Girls Club of America T.R.A.I.L. to Diabetes Prevention Program in Tulalip.”
This funding will support the continuation of the T.R.A.I.L (Together Raising Awareness for Indian Life) to Diabetes Prevention Program. T.R.A.I.L. provides youth with a comprehensive understanding of healthy lifestyles, with the long-term goal of preventing and reducing the onset of type 2 diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 7 to 11. The interactive and educational based curriculum draws from tribal traditions and history to teach participants about nutrition, food choices, media influences, and the impact of type 2 diabetes.
“Thanks to the support of the Amerigroup Foundation, we are able to provide effective programs and address issues like type 2 diabetes that are increasingly present in the community we serve,” said Bill Tsoukalas, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. “Through programs like T.R.A.I.L, we are not only empowering kids and teens to discover the path to a healthy future, but we are influencing families and communities along the way.”
Amerigroup Foundation is committed to improving health and strengthening Washington communities. A host of Amerigroup volunteers recently contributed their time and energy and planted a community garden at the Tulalip Club. During the event, Club members and local guests had the opportunity to learn basic growing techniques regarding planting, tending and harvesting a garden. They also learned about preventative measures they can take to combat diabetes and lead a healthy life. As a culmination to the festivities, Amerigroup executives presented the Club with a $20,000 check to support the Clubs’ T.R.A.I.L to Diabetes Prevention Program.
Through its Healthy Generations grant program, Amerigroup Foundation works to identify the issues most in need of attention and then directs its financial support and volunteer efforts toward improving health in those areas. Promoting youth health and active lifestyles is an ongoing focus of the foundation.
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