SPOKANE-- The fight against diabetes just got a boost on the local level.
The federal government granted $15 million to Spokane Inland Northwest Health Services. The money allows the group to focus on diabetes services in Washington’s rural areas.
KREM 2 News came across Kathryn Schroer and her two kids enjoying some family time at the park. Kathryn decided to skip the fast food and pack lunches instead, and water bottles instead of pop.
A Happy Meal is close to 1,500 to 2,000 calories. A sandwich is about 200 to 300 calories.
Recently Kathryn was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. A lifetime of processed food has caught up with Kathryn. So she made changes for her and her kids.
Kathryn is one of 23.7million people who are facing diabetes, but that number seems small in comparison to recently released projections for the year 2034. That’s when more than 44 million people are expected to have diabetes.
With more than 44 million people suffering from the disease, it will cost Americans about 336 billion dollars to fight.
Kathryn may already have diabetes, but she’s doing what she can to improve her health and in the meantime level the playing field for her kids.