As tens of thousands of Kentucky families pick up their food boxes this month from hundreds of food pantries across the state, they will find more than something to eat inside. An educational flyer with a simple message, eat healthy and get moving, has been added. The idea is to help an at-risk population curb a deadly problem.
Stewart Perry, Advocacy Director with the Bluegrass American Diabetes Association, said there’s been a staggering increase in the disease in recent years.
“We can point fingers,” he said. “We can say inactivity. We can say obesity. But, it’s a real domino effect of getting people to understand the problem, to getting people to address the problem and getting the communities to own that problem and make it a priority.”
The CDC found that diabetes more than tripled in Kentucky from 1995 to 2010. Perry said working with the state’s food pantries during American Diabetes Month is a natural fit because lower-income people often are at highest risk for long-term health problems. According to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, 41 percent of households served have at least one family member with diabetes.
Passport Health Plan, a nonprofit provider which administers Medicaid benefits to nearly 300,000 Kentuckians, also is a partner in the project…