Native Americans Getting Diabetes Curriculum

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DENVER (AP) _ Health officials are trying to stop the high rate of type 2 diabetes among Native Americans by introducing a curriculum about the disease at K-12 classrooms.

Vivian Arviso will bring the curriculum this month to Colorado schools under the diabetes education in tribal schools program.

Arviso says diabetes is ``a national crisis for native American
students'' and that schools need support in educating children and
their families.

Included in the program will be 15 schools in the Southern Ute Reservation in Southwest Colorado.

The National Institutes of Health said in 2007 that about 16.5 percent of Native Americans have type 2 diabetes. That rate is higher than the rate for whites, Asian-Americans, Latinos and African Americans.

NIH is helping fund the education program.
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