Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past three decades. Some have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, while others are in danger of developing this disease.
The diabetes and obesity epidemics have hit Native American communities especially hard. So Tohono O'odham Community Action (TOCA) and other organizations are taking a creative approach to the problem.
They're using an exhibition of photographs, videos and artwork to raise awareness about type 2 diabetes from the Native American perspective. It's called "Through the Eyes of the Eagle" and it's being showcased at the Arizona State Museum until January 7, 2012.
The organizers are also holding a "Healthy Living Celebration" on Saturday, November 12th. This free event begins with a 5K walk/run; family-friendly activities, such as multicultural performances and cooking demonstrations, will follow.