Different parts of the world have different statistics on how many diabetics populate an area. The United States, for example has media sources claiming 1 out of every 3 Americans is diabetic. This is pretty high and you may think this means every community in the US is a “diabetic” one.
This isn’t necessarily the case. If we think of our community more as the people we surround ourselves with rather than the ones we just happen to find nearby, then we may or may not live amongst a diabetic community.
How to know if you live in a diabetic community:
1. You or an immediate family member has diabetes and don’t really feel in control of it
2. You and your immediate family are mostly overweight
3. Your friends are mostly overweight and you often diet together
4. When you spend time with others you eat more often than take part in activities together
5. You and your family and friends never exercise together and often eat out
6. You and your family and friends drive pretty much everywhere
You see, a diabetic community has a lifestyle which supports diabetes development. We don’t want this do we?
So did that sound like you?
If so, It’s time to take action. Yet, where do you start? I know it’s difficult. When every celebration is based around great tasting food and has been done that way for as long as everyone can remember, how do you change?
It is easier than it seems.
Not sure you want to change? Here is what a non-diabetic community looks like:
1. Either no one has diabetes or those who do maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to give themselves the best possible advantage
2. You and your immediate family all maintain healthy weights. Your children follow your example. Husband and wife support each other’s healthy habits.
3. Your friends are mostly at healthy weights or on their way to their healthy weights with proper eating and exercise. You and your friends have great self confidence and you find interesting things to do together-like put together a fun charity event (after all you’ve got boundless energy).
4. You and your friends and family are very active. You all have energy and the health required to get the most out of life and are able to fit in many wonderful activities. When there is food you make it healthy so it doesn’t slow anyone down!
5. You don’t eat out too often. Instead, you cook awesome meals from home and entertain loved ones with tempting and delicious but, healthy foods.
6. You and those you know often walk whenever you see there are sidewalks. You stroll through your city’s downtown and only drive when needed.
Seems heavenly to me-and a whole lot of fun!
One of the most wonderful things about this type of community is that it breeds children in an atmosphere of good habits. It is hard for those of us with bad habits about health to change those longstanding habits. For children who grow up in a healthy community however, these habits are simply a way of life and they don’t even think twice about them. I know thats what I’m working on now that I’ve got two young children. I want them to see the healthy way as the easy way.
When you and your family and the folks you hang out with all follow healthy habits, you all feel support and inspiration to continue these habits.
All you have to do is begin centering activities on something other than food, replace unhealthy food with healthy food, and get moving! Get everyone together for beach volleyball or a walk around the block. Just don’t sit there.
Diabetes mostly lives where inactivity and junk food resides. Take these things away and we will find ourselves in a non-diabetic community that can’t help but inspire others to do the same. Then we may have non-diabetic towns, cities, countries, and whoa what a wish! …A non-diabetic world.