Detroit Community Against Diabetes (DCAD) to Host Diabetes Disparities Meeting

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    The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) welcomes citizens of Detroit to participate in helping eliminate diabetes-related health disparities in African American adults by attending the NKFM’s Detroit Community Against Diabetes’s (DCAD) monthly coalition meeting. The meeting will take place on July 11, 2013 from 12:00pm-1:30pm at the New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit located at 6330 Pembroke. The meeting will include a free healthy lunch.

    This summer, DCAD and the NKFM are encouraging individuals with diabetes to concentrate on eating healthy. Summer is a time to enjoy family, friends, and life. It’s also a great time to refocus on feeling better, eating healthy foods, and controlling your diabetes. Here are a few tips on how to eat healthy at potlucks and barbecues but still enjoy the many foods summer has to offer:

    • Focus on filling your plate with vegetables and whole grains.
    • Meat dishes can be included but should be limited. Stick with lean meats such as poultry or fish.
    • Watch out for fatty foods! Limit dishes with a lot of mayonnaise, sour cream, and butter.
    • Try to drink water, unsweetened tea, or diet soda with your meal.
    • Try fruit for dessert! An occasional small slice of pie or cookie is ok if you can work it into your meal plan.

    All Detroit residents are welcome to participate in helping eliminate diabetes-related health disparities in African American adults by attending the monthly DCAD meeting. DCAD strives to promote health equity in Detroit through policy-making, environmental changes, community awareness, and action by developing resources through strategic collaboration. DCAD’s vision for the future is Health, Equity, Access, Learning, and Empowerment in Detroit (HEALED). For more information about this meeting, or about the DCAD coalition, please contact Victoria Fleming at 313-259-1574 or at vfleming@nkfm.org.

    About the NKFM:
    For over a decade, reducing health disparities has been a focus of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, bringing together key strengths and expertise to address the formidable challenges implementing innovative community-based interventions. The NKFM has received a grant rom the Centers for Disease Control to help tackle diabetes disparities. The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM is widely known for providing more programs and services to more people than any other region or state.

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