November 2012: Diabetes Awareness Month

WHEREAS, an estimated 10 percent of Michigan's population have been diagnosed with diabetes and more than 2.6 million Michigan residents age 18 or older have pre-diabetes; and,  


WHEREAS, a person's risk of developing diabetes strongly relates to the number of and the relationship to family members that have diabetes; obesity, being overweight and participating in little to no physical activity also contributes to the risk of diabetes; and,


WHEREAS, moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, along with healthy nutritional habits and moderate weight loss, significantly reduces the risk of diabetes in people with pre-diabetes; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health and the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness of diabetes in the Great Lakes State; we encourage all citizens to observe this month by finding ways to get active and to learn more about the risks of this devastating disease;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2012 as Diabetes Awareness Month in Michigan.