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This article was produced as a project for the USC Center for Health Journalism’s California Fellowship.
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Will a diagnosis of “prediabetes” motivate meaningful lifestyle changes among patients, or simply lead patients and providers to use medications rather than refocus on aggressive lifestyle changes?
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Experts believe they won't get the upper hand on the disease until they persuade enough people that a healthy diet and regular exercise can prevent it or minimize its damage if it has already struck.
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Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when she was 11 years-old, Carolina takes three types of insulin and four other medications every day. Diabetes experts say the family's situation is fairly common.
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Kids need access to health care and healthy food, and they need their parents to be educated to advocate for them.

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Akron, Ohio's Accountable Care Community has brought together a coalition of partners to reduce the number of residents suffering from chronic disease and treatment costs. Similarly, nonprofit hospitals elsewhere can do much more to improve the health of entire communities.

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Finding real people can be one of the hardest parts of journalism, but it is also usually one of the most rewarding and moving. So don't give up. Keep reaching out, and eventually someone will reach back.

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From Nebraska to New York, neighborhood corner stores are putting healthier food on the shelf, using models that are economically sustainable and good for the community. Here are five key strategies to make such stores healthy and viable.

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Diabetes-related deaths have reached an all-time high in New York City, and communities of color are being hit the hardest.

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In the Mud River Volunteer Fire Department, 26 adults and children were sending balloons up in the air to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Mud River Pound Punchers, one balloon for every pound they have lost.

 

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