An Intern’s Perspective

It’s no secret that childhood obesity has more than tripled since the 1980’s and is contributing to acute and chronic diseases in children. With an educational background in community health and nutrition, I have been exposed to numerous studies and statistics between the correlation of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. It was during those formidable years of my undergraduate course work, that I realized this epidemic could not be ignored.

During those years, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with children who suffered from a variety of acute and chronic conditions. It was in these volunteer experiences that I knew I wanted to dedicate my time and future profession towards prevention and treatment of disease.

Upon deciding on what organization I felt would be of the most value to me personally and professionally, the American Diabetes Association became my first choice for an internship. I was immediately drawn to the ample support the ADA offers to individual’s living with the disease, as well as those who are at risk for developing the disease. The American Diabetes Association does an exceptional job at supporting prevention, research, and advocacy for all types of diabetes. Their efforts are unprecedented when looking at how many lives they’ve impacted through their programs and dedicated work.

At the American Diabetes Association I have had chance to be exposed to the numerous programs and outreach activities that the ADA hosts each and every year. It is easy to see just how much effort and dedication the team of employees puts into the various programs such as Tour de Cure, Step Out-Walk to Stop Diabetes, ADA Expo,the Gala, and Camp Needlepoint. I have enjoyed hearing how each individual in the office is connected to diabetes and how their motivation contributes to the mission of the ADA. I look forward to continuing my infield education and contribution to such a great cause.

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