Glen Allen, Virginia, Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Upsilon Nu came out to support the Stop Diabetes Walk, by volunteering to perform event set up activities. Members of Upsilon Nu showed up at 6:30 am to unload and set up the tables, signs and walking trail signs.
As we talked with other organizers of the event, they shared that, when you register for the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes you become a part of the American Diabetes Association's team. Walking together with family, friends and coworkers shows your community you want a cure. Walking is a great way to get out and get healthy all while celebrating those living with diabetes.
We shared that our Fraternity has mandated health initiatives that focus on many of the same issues that effect community. And that was why we come out so strong to support these types of events. Brother James Hunter the Upsilon Nu Social Action Chairman organized the chapters participation. We want the community to know the following:
Diabetes is 60% more common in black Americans than in white Americans. Blacks are up to 2.5 times more likely to suffer a limb amputation and up to 5.6 times more likely to suffer kidney disease than other people with diabetes. Genetic traits, the prevalence of obesity, and insulin resistance all contribute to the risk of diabetes in the African American community. African Americans have a high rate of diabetic complications, because of poor glycemic control and racial disparities in health care.
Submitted by Bro. Michael Edwards Pictures by Bro. Miguel Johnson