Local Impact - Arizona

Celia Milner

CHR Department, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians

“I know now I CAN manage my life with diabetes.”
- Celia Milner

I was diagnosed as diabetic in March of 2016, it has been a big learning experience for me. l know I couldn't have adjusted to my lifestyle change without my Tribe’s support and guidance.

It all started with learning from the nutritionist that the Community Health Representative (CHR) department had come out and gave a class on portion control and reading labels. My next step was a visit with the Endocrinology / Diabetes Clinic where we made a game plan with some life goals for myself. I also learned proper daily foot care for diabetics and what to do and what to look for. Most important to me was the visit to the optometrist who specialize in diabetes, especially since I had a big change in my vision. It went from good to really bad eye sight, as soon as my blood sugar number dropped my eye sight improved tremendously. My eye sight improved so much I had to change my prescription twice in a six month span.

I know now I CAN mange my life with diabetes. Now, I'm learning how to teach others about diabetes as our Tribe’s Diabetes Health Educator, making a difference.

"Here is a picture of me at our Kaibab community monthly movie night. Our January movie was Cars #3. I provide healthy snacks for those who attend. I keep the theme of the movie in mind while making fruit and vegetables fun to eat, such as race car slices of apples with grape wheels, decorate the water bottles as 'coolant', carrots & celery as 'dip sticks', forks & spoons as 'tools'. Our children really LOVE IT! And eating healthy."
-Celia Milner

Diabetes in Arizona

According to 2008 CDC data, approximately 376,000 people in Arizona – 7.9% of the state’s 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 Arizona, the financial burden diabetes places on the state’s health system is staggering – in 2007, the direct and indirect cost of diabetes in Arizona was approximately $3.46 billion.

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