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Although type 2 diabetes primarily affects adults, children across the nation are developing the condition at alarming rates. Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body builds up a resistance to insulin which is needed to help the body regulate blood sugar. This disease can be life-changing and an extreme threat to a person’s health and well-being. Therefore, preventing diabetes in children is essential.

Childhood obesity is an important factor in the rising rates of type 2 diabetes among children and currently, one-third of American children are overweight. Specifically, in Connecticut, 15.3% of children ages 10-17 are struggling with obesity. In most cases, childhood obesity can be prevented with a healthy diet and regular exercise. However, for many low-income communities where rates of childhood obesity are highest, many caregivers do not have the means or resources to help prevent children from developing illnesses such as diabetes.