TTU students plan zumba Dance for Diabetes to raise awareness

Posted by Lori Shull - Monday, November 14 2011
lshull@tntech.edu

thumb zumbaMore than half a million adults in Tennessee are living with diabetes, but the Tennessee Tech University food, nutrition and dietetics club is working to keep that number from increasing.

From 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, the club is holding its first Dance for Diabetes at the TTU Fitness Center for diabetes awareness month.

“There were lots of walks, but we didn’t see any dancing,” said junior Joshua Hardy, of Crossville. “Diabetes can be caused by obesity and maybe if we can get people aware of it now, maybe we can get people to take an active role in their health for the future.”

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease and is often caused by obesity.

The club will hold four hour-long zumba sessions at the TTU Fitness Center. Each session is $5. Participants do not need to be center members to dance. All proceeds will go to the Diabetes Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center or the American Diabetes Association.

“Diabetes is on the rise and we want more people to be aware of it,” said Hardy, who is majoring in human ecology with a concentration in food, nutrition and dietetics.

Club members will hand out water and snacks to the dancers, as well as informational brochures about diabetes risk factors and healthy lifestyles.

Pre-registration is available at the health promotion office in Fitness Center 214.