The run is a multicultural approach to wellness focusing on the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the elimination or reversal of Diabetes. This is the first run for awareness of diabetes in the entire country and plan to coordinate a Diabetes Marathon every year.
We bring together doctors and influential people from other organizations to come and share their knowledge. The conference participants have included Dr. Jeanne Isabel, from Northern Illinois University, Dr. Eric Bradley, the diabetes expert operating out of Belize City and many other equally important presenters!
We conduct once a month a feeding program at the Western Regional hospital. Through this program we ensure that patients admitted on the diabetic ward have a healthy breakfast that follows the Canadian feeding guideline.
Since 2015 we have partnered with Dr. Jeanne Isabel from Northern Illinois University to conduct approximately 100 A1C tests at no cost to patients on an annual basis. The recommended period between testing is every 3 months, therefore we would like to support Dr. Jeanne in administering these tests on a more frequent basis.
The A1C is a common blood test, which reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. The results are crucial to identify prediabetes, Diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes furthermore giving belezians the chance to monitor and start a diabetes treatment plan. More than 70% of Belizean are living below poverty making the cost of these test nearly impossible to sustain. With the minimum wage being less than $1.75 USD a Belizean would have to use more than an entire week pay to afford the test.
International Diabetes Federation shows that 44,715 of a 374,681 population in Belize are suffering from diabetes!