IITG Wellness Circle; Ward 7 Director, Vicki Russell Walton with Her Team Has Conducted 6 Sessions in the, Washington, DC area. The Sessions Focus is To Concentrate on the Members Weight Loss, Diabetes and Hypertension Conditions by Increasing Awareness, Educating About A Healthier Lifestyle And Confirming That Members Will Not Just Manage But Overall Improve In Their Health. All will receive information books, folders, great guest speakers, exercises/zumba instructions , healthy lunch and a detail program that has proven itself now three years strong.
The Focus Is Diabetes, Weight Loss And Hypertension Management. This is a 4 month program, with two classes a month. A celebration at the end to promote their status and their growth in the program.
Why a Wellness Circle? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) US Census population estimate of 601,723 District residents 8, over 52,000 District residents have been diagnosed with diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes is highest in District wards 4, 5, 7, and 8. “the diabetes death rate for blacks was 37.2 per 100,000 population; almost five times the rate for Whites, 7.3 per 100,000 population.”
We believe with this, our third year in the District, we are making an impact when it comes to Health Disparities. The goal is to provide the same opportunity for who reside in the Wards to participate in this life changing program as has been done successfully in Ward 7.
However this program can work for any community.