Tiffany Scott, Project Manager of Faith Moves Mountains, was the guest speaker during the February 12 Rotary Club meeting held at Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg.
Scott shared information about the Appalachians in Control (AIC) Diabetes Research Project, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with Type 2 Diabetes in Letcher, Harlan, Perry and surrounding counties by educating them on selfmanagement and training community-based facilitators to help them coordinate health care services.
This initiative, sponsored by the University of Kentucky Department of Behavioral Science, is an effort to address the high rate of diabetes in eastern Kentucky, which is 50 percent higher than the rest of the country. Approximately 29 million Americans currently have Type 2 Diabetes and another 86 million will get diabetes over the next five years. Diabetes can be controlled through proper diet, exercise, and regular medical care, making it less likely that individuals with Type 2 Diabetes will experience heart disease, eye problems, strokes, kidney disease and other health-related issues.
To identify individuals who have Type 2 Diabetes, the project is working with local churches to set up health screening events that will provide free health information including AIC (blood sugar) testing and a determination of weight, body mass index, waist circumference and blood pressure of attendees over the age of 18. The results of the screening will determine if an individual is a suitable candidate for the project.
For more detailed information on how your church can partner with this project, contact Tiffany Scott at 294 Main Street, Whitesburg, KY 41858 or call 606-633- 3339 (office) or 606-505-7717 (cell).