"Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope."
--Robert F. Kennedy
As part of our health ministry's focus on solutions to childhood obesity, Growing Healthy Kids is creating health literacy workshops for residents in Akron, Ohio. The motivation comes from the disastrous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on black and brown communities and the need to raise awareness about diabetes as a risk factor for COVID-19. Under the banner of 2 Workshops, 2 Churches, 1 Purpose, Growing Healthy Kids is partnering with Business Training Capital Resource Inc. and the pastors at Akron Bible Church and Macedonia Baptist Church to reach church and community members with diabetes, especially those living in food deserts.
Diabetes is preventable. It can be controlled, and for many people, if they do not have an advanced case, it can be reversed. Now that COVID-19 is a deadly factor in our lives, we must be vigilant in protecting our health and that of our families.
If you would like to join our efforts to improve diabetes health literacy in this expansive public health initiative, we welcome you. Together, we can do so much.
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder and Wellness Architect
Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.