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Project Direct Aims to Curb Black Diabetic Population

Posted July 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Diabetes is an incurable disease that affects a large number of African Americans. The disease causes the sugar in your blood to build-up in your body, which can lead to blindness, a heart attack, kidney disease, amputation or death. Project Direct is a community program designed to reduce the problem of diabetes among African American adults in Southeast Raleigh.

A summer festival wouldn't be complete without live music. So Project Direct booked a gospel group to perform for its annual Summerfest in Raleigh's Roberts Park. But the organization offered something far more important than entertainment.

Outreach coordinator Angela Burroughs says the event also offered a free diabetes screening, nutritional education and down home cooking prepared in a more healthy fashion.

Project Direct says if you are African American, female, overweight, over age 45, a person who has had a family member with diabetes, or a person who does not exercise regularly, you're at risk of having an imbalance of blood sugar or diabetes.

Josephine Flack came out to find out if she has the sugar. Flack says if she does have it, she would like to catch it in time so she can live a little longer.

For those who don't have diabetes, the screenings provide peace of mind. For those who do, the screening is the first step towards bringing a potentially deadly disease under control.

Diabetes also affects men. If you'd like to know more about Diabetes and where you can get free screenings...contact Project Direct at 856-6540 or 1-800-342-2383.