CLARK — On May 22, the physical education departments of Arthur L. Johnson High School and Carl H. Kumpf Middle School hosted their third annual American Diabetes Association’s School Walk for Diabetes.
This year, the two schools have collectively raised almost $6,000 in the fight against diabetes. The walk is designed to educate children and their school community about the growing diabetes epidemic and provide educational tools — aligned with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education standards for physical education –to promote the prevention of diabetes and its complications. School Walk for Diabetes is an educational school fund-raiser that supports programs aimed at curing and preventing diabetes, and improving the lives of those affected by diabetes.
Today, 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the population, have diabetes. Diabetes is a condition where the body either does not make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it does make. The two most common forms of diabetes are:
- Type 1 Diabetes — When the body destroys its own insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
- Type 2 Diabetes — When the body is either not making enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it does make. Eating healthy foods and regularly exercising can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
“Almost every student knows someone who has diabetes and the school walk is a great way to educate our students on the disease and to raise money to help find a cure,” said Kumpf School Walk Coordinator Michele Zaleski.
“I fundraised with the hope that one day a cure will be found. It was very exciting to hear our school did so well raising over $4,000. We should all be very proud,” said student Anabela Casimiro.
“My father, who was recently diagnosed with Diabetes, was my inspiration to fundraise. I hope that all money raised will be put to good use building awareness and hopefully finding a cure,” said student Salma Mahmoud.
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