November is National Diabetes Awareness month and with this, I want to touch on the value and importance of journeying towards wellness. Every human walking this earth knows just how challenging change can be, but there is question as to whether everyone knows just how valuable change is- and not only change, but also how important the journey and struggle towards change is. Taking a look at examples in the natural world around us, butterflies would not be able to fly if they did not struggle in breaking out of the cocoon after metamorphosis. Diamonds and pearls would not be formed if not for the immense about of pressure they endure and gold not refined if it does not pass through the fire.
Anytime we hear words like diabetes and obesity, there is often an immediate response to run in the opposite direction; they are often considered taboo topics. I ask, however, what has running in the opposite direction from an issue ever helped? When we examine the health landscape of our nation, we see obesity affecting not only our adults, but now our children as well. We see diabetes and prediabetes on the rise and affecting an ever increasing portion of our society with 84 million with prediabetes and over 30 million with diabetes. Change is absolutely essential and crucial to turning the health of our nation around, so let’s work together in this journey!
The Treasure Valley Family YMCA is hosting a on Thursday, Nov 15 at 5:45 pm and would love for you to come and learn with us. We will provide an opportunity to find out where you or a loved one may stand on your risk for type 2 diabetes as well as the hope and tools available for preventing this disease. Please join us and bring a friend to the Healthy Living Center located at 419 N. 11th Street in downtown Boise.
RSVP by November 14th to Kara Federonick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call 208 344 5502 ext 207 with questions.
Looking forward to seeing you there!