FLINT (WJRT) (11/07/17)--The Kidney Foundation of Michigan is on a sweaty mission throughout November. The organization kicked off its Diabetes Awareness Month initiative at the Flint Farmers' Market.
"We are having fun and on a mission. Type 2 Diabetes, if left untreated can possibly lead to signs of kidney disease, so that's why the month of November is so important," said Kidney Foundation program coordinator Esther Miller.
The Kidney Foundation is partnering with Enhance Fitness to offer free group classes in Flint at the Market and at the Hasselbring Center. Classes are also being held at the Saginaw County CAC. The gatherings have attracted a loyal following.
"Diabetes runs in my family and I'm trying to put a maintenance program in my life that I can do every day, seven days a week," said Flint Township resident Linda Raulston.
"It keeps your blood sugar levels under control. That's the primary goal of physical fitness and activity for people who have Type 2 Diabetes," said Miller.
She added that Type 2 Diabetes comes with some clear cut warning signs and symptoms.
"Puffiness around the wrist or hands and feet, under the eyes, extreme thirst and hunger, frequent urination, especially at night, I would say immediately go get checked out by your doctor," said Miller.
Along with those classes, the foundation is offering a variety of other resources.
"We have what is called Diabetes Path, a workshop that's a free class for people who are already diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. It is a six week, course. It's free. You get a workbook, a CD, we provide snacks," said Miller.
Davison resident Greg Bennett is proof positive that following a plan can make a difference. Bennett was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003. He has some simple advice.
"Lose the weight, get motivated, go on some morning walks, and get your weight under control," said Bennett.
For a schedule of Enhance Fitness classes, as well as a list of Diabetes management and prevention resources, click on the related links section.