It’s Diabetes Awareness Month. More than 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for diabetes, and it doubles for African-Americans.
It’s one of the reasons one of the most iconic figures in music is passionate about raising awareness about risk factors for adult diabetes. Another reason is his father has it, which also places him at risk. His manager’s father also had it. Since 5,000 new people are diagnosed each day, he wants to make sure everyone gets screened. Rev Run is not only a legend in Hip-Hop, front man for RUN DMC, selling tens of millions of records worldwide, but he is widely credited for ushering rap music into the mainstream culture. He also starred in MTV’s “Run House,” co-authored several books and is a sought after DJ and speaker.
His latest venture is teaming with The Novo Nordisk Ask Screen Know Campaign to help people know if they are at risk and to share tips on making healthy changes at home. He has created a website called askscreenknow.com to raise awareness and help others take precautions just as he is doing.
[On Getting Screened] “I tell people do it for the ones you love…I look in my children’s eyes and realize I can be neglecting my health and hurt everybody in my family.” -Rev Run
Joining him is wife, Justine Simmons. Justine is an accomplished author, jewelry designer on HSN, co-author of a best-selling book with her husband, philanthropist and loving wife and mom. Justine also works with the Simmons family charity organization helping children with art resources. She joins Rev Run in urging people to take a Risk Assessment Test and discusses how they keep their family healthy since they are at high risk for adult diabetes.
[On Men Being Afraid to Get Tested] “You hear about these men passing (away) and it could have been prevented.” -Justine Simmons
To learn more and find out if you are at risk please visit: http://www.AskScreenKnow.com
CLICK HERE FOR INTERVIEW: Hip-Hop Legend Rev Run & his wife Justine on Adult Diabetes
Risk Factors for Adult Diabetes include:
1. Age 45 or older
3. Diabetes in Family
4. Lack of Physical Activity
5. Being Overweight
6. High Blood Pressure
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: http://www.AskScreenKnow.com
As Rev Run and Justine say, “Do it for the ones you love.”
Maria Dorfner is an award-winning health journalist and the founder/CEO of Healthy Within Network (HWN). Her stories have appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox, CNBC and Discovery Health. Her new book, “Healthy Within” is available at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/maria_dorfner
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