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WVU Nursing Students Educate the Public On Type II Diabetes

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Nursing students from West Virginia University played the role of "teacher" in Shinnston on Tuesday as they shared their knowledge of Type II Diabetes.

They showed residents the risks and repercussions of having the disease while providing tips on leading a healthier lifestyle. The students gave a presentation on the risk factors involved and provided recipe ideas for those looking to eliminate fats and sugar in their diet.

Healthy foods, such as fruit and string cheese, were also available for residents to snack on.

Some of those who attended the event shared their success stories about beating Type II Diabetes, like Toni Beecher, who has lost almost 80 pounds.

"I think we live in Wonderland. Everyone else is overweight, everyone else eats biscuits and gravy, and I think we're brought up that way. It's a lot genetic - how we are fed, and how we eat with our families," said Beecher.

"Start before it gets to you, to eat healthy, exercise, anything you can do to get healthy, just to prevent diabetes," said Katie Martin, a WVU nursing student.

The forum was part of the students' senior capstone project. It was open to anyone who wanted to attend, but middle-aged and older adults were specifically encouraged to participate.