It's estimated that Americans spend more than $7 million for diabetes treatment and related illnesses each year. A growing number of those affected by this sometimes-deadly disease are children.
It's estimated that by the year 2050 that dollar figure will soar to the billions. That's why local doctors, leaders and families are teaming up to turn this trend around. It's called Project Health.
When you're nine years old, watching what you eat isn't really in your chain of thought, but perhaps it should be. Studies show more American children are overweight and at risk to diabetes.
Dr. Webster along with community leaders parents and students are teaming up to trim down the growing number of children affected by this epidemic. Doctors say fighting obesity isn't just about staying active. It's about choosing between the broccoli and the cookies.
This is the last place you would expect to hear someone tuning into the cause, yet diabetes struck a chord with the man behind the music when the marching 100's legendary founder was diagnosed with the disease.
Foster is the front man for project health that will be implemented at four public schools in Leon County. Those schools Nimms Middle, Wesson Elementary, Rickards High School and FAMU High are involved in the pilot study. The students will be grouped into two categories those at risk for diabetes, and those who are not.
Their activity, weight and food in take will all be monitored. April, how long will this pilot study run? The duration of the study will run for five years, which officials start in January. Right now no one is funding the study Project Health organizers hope this will spark interest and support.