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Project Power: Working to stop diabetes before it starts

January 31, 2023 |4 minute watch time

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study forecasts a rapid increase in the number of young people being diagnosed with diabetes. That’s one reason a new program from the American Diabetes Association is so important. “Project Power” is working to stop diabetes before it starts by teaching children in underserved and underfunded communities about living a healthy lifestyle.

In the latest Healthy Communities video, we get a close-up view of Project Power’s lessons by visiting the Garland, Texas, Independent School District. There, funding from CVS Health® and the American Diabetes Association allowed the district to implement the program districtwide.

We hear from a graduate of Project Power, 11-year-old Kendall Bright, in the podcast and also speak with her mother, Eboni. Eboni was so impressed with Project Power that she eventually became the national project manager for the program. Dr. Rinku Sandesara joins the conversation to provide a primer on diabetes, an often misunderstood chronic health condition.