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“El Barrio Lives Healthy: Health is Life” Photos Highlight the Diabetes Epidemic and the Struggle to Stay Healthy in East Harlem

Article posted by IMPACT Diabetes... 22 weeks ago
Key words: Environment, Women's Health, East Harlem, Diabetes, Community Health.

This past summer four women from East Harlem participated in a Photovoice project that they decided to name “El Barrio Lives Healthy: Health is Life.” Photovoice is a technique that uses photography as a medium of expression. It has been used in many different communities throughout the world to tell vivid stories about key issues. Participants can capture their environment and their perspective on it in photos and add their own words to explain the meaning of each image. For this particular Photovoice project, the Communities IMPACT (Inspired and Motivated to Prevent And ConTrol) Diabetes Center worked alongside the women who had gestational diabetes - a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy - to document their experiences with diabetes during pregnancy and their efforts to keep themselves and their children healthy afterwards.

The Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center, in collaboration with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Union Settlement Association, and North General Hospital, is an initiative led by community residents and representatives from community and faith-based organizations that have united to understand the needs of the community to help people better prevent and control diabetes. Diabetes is a major health concern in East Harlem. Approximately 1 out of every 6 adults in East Harlem has diabetes and thousands more are likely unaware of their condition because they have not been tested. In addition, obesity and diabetes rates among children in the community have been and continue to be on a rapid rise. Women who have had gestational diabetes during pregnancy are at a much higher risk for developing diabetes in the future and the children from such pregnancies are born with an increased chance of developing Type 2 diabetes during their lifetime if they do not lead a healthy lifestyle.

 

The opening of the “El Barrio Lives Healthy: Health is Life” exhibit will take place on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the lobby of the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service located at 333 East 115th Street. The exhibit opening is part of a larger health promotion movement, with a specific emphasis on diabetes prevention and control. Free health screenings and healthy food demonstrations will also take place at the opening. Photos from “El Barrio Lives Healthy: Health is Life” will be available for viewing at Little Sisters of the Assumption until the end of November. All are welcomed to come and take a look.

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Riverside wrote

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Wow this is really interesting. I would be very interested in seeing some of these pictures that were taken. Would you be able to post any of them to give us an idea of what's at the exhibit?

davegs wrote

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Health is life is right and why we need to help people fighting with their addiction treatments and start living cleaner.