Local Impact - Mississippi


Pastor Thomas Ben, Mississippi Choctaw

Choctaw Diabetes Prevention Program

"The Diabetes Prevention Fitness Program has helped me to prevent diabetes and now, health and fitness are top priorities in my life."
- Pastor Thomas Ben

Over the years, the Choctaw Diabetes Prevention Program has been very active in our community, promoting diabetes awareness by way of handouts, presentations and special events. I learned that diabetes was preventable, which got me to begin thinking about my own family history of diabetes. So, when I found out about the fitness program offered by the Diabetes Prevention Program, I decided to join and do what I could to get healthier and at the same time, reduce my risk of getting diabetes.

Before I joined the program exercise was not a priority in my life. However, the variety, intensity and structure of the fitness program has kept me actively involved and focused on my health for the past two years and I still participate 3 to 4 times a week. Since starting the program I’ve seen great results including a 25-pound weight loss and now, exercise and health are top priorities in my life.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is very beneficial because it offers our community the chance to not have to wait for a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or diabetes and provides the resources, education and support to take control of our health now. The dedication and ongoing efforts of the program staff make it a successful community program.

Diabetes in Mississippi

According to 2008 CDC data, approximately 245,000 people in Mississippi – 10.9% of the states population – had diagnosed diabetes, and many of them suffer from serious diabetes related complications or conditions. In addition to the human toll diabetes places on people in Mississippi, the financial burden diabetes places on the health system in the state is staggering – in 2007, the direct and indirect cost of diabetes in Mississippi was approximately $1.77 billion.

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Alabama

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The Poarch Creek Indian Community
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Alaska

Charlotte McConnell
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Lifestyle Balance and Diabetes Prevention Program

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
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Southcentral Foundation Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Arizona

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Navajo Special Diabetes Project

Rudy Clark
Hualapai Healthy Heart Project

California

Amy Lemmer
Sonoma County Indian Health Project

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Alberta Manuel
Sonoma County Indian Health

Connecticut

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Mohegan Tribe
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Hawaii

Anela Lautalo

Idaho

Christie Lussoro
Nimiipuu Health Diabetes Program

Iowa

Becky Youngbear-Alvarado
Meskwaki Diabetes Prevention Program

Kansas

Stephanie Crawford
Haskell Health Center Diabetes Prevention Program

Louisiana

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Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Maine

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Aroostook Band of MicMac

Michigan

Tracy L. Sagataw
Hannahville Indian Community Clinic Diabetes Program

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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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Rebecca Price
Pokagon Health Services Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Minnesota

Arne Vainio, MD
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

Mississippi

Pastor Thomas Ben
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

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Samuel Amos
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

Montana

Faye Filesteel
Fort Belknap Healthy Heart Project

Nebraska

Clarissa Hoffman
Ho-Chunk Hope Diabetes Prevention

New Mexico

Elsie R. Pino
Ramah Navajo Heart Saver Project
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Erlene Sandoval
Navajo Special Diabetes Project

New York

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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
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North Carolina

Ulela Harris
Cherokee Diabetes Program

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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Cherokee, NC

North Dakota

Cheryl Donoven
On Eagles Wings Diabetes Prevention Program

Oklahoma

Terry Williams
Black Hawk Health Center

Allen Dale
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) Get SET & Fight Diabetes program

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Glendine Blanchard
Absentee Shawnee Tribe Healthy Heart Program

Oregon

Taylor David
Klamath Diabetes Prevention Program Cow Creek Consortium

Shirley Heath
Warm Springs Oregon Diabetes Prevention Program

Jennifer Smith
Warm Springs Oregon Diabetes Prevention Program

Larry Smith
Warm Springs Oregon Diabetes Prevention Program

Rhode Island

Mary Lou Stanton
Narangansett Indian Health Clinic-Diabetes Program

South Carolina

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Catawba Indian Nation
Special Diabetes Program for Indians

South Dakota

Pete Fills the Pipe
Pine Ridge IHS Diabetes Prevention Program

Utah

Reggie Martinez
Uintah & Ouray IHS Clinic - Healthy Heart Project

Washington

Buddy and Les Hoptowit (Brothers)
Yakama Indian Health Center Healthy Heart Project

Wisconsin

Marion Reynolds
St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Wanda McFaggen
St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Wendell Waukau
Menominee Diabetes Program

Wyoming

Regina Whiteplume
Eastern Shoshone Diabetes Program