Dearborn Heights woman drops weight to prevent diabetes, kidney disease and more – Press and Guide

During Black History Month in February, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is raising awareness about staying well to avoid chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease.

Black people are generally at higher risk for these diseases and more, according to the Office of Minority Health, part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Anyone who has ever made and maintained the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent these life-altering diseases will tell you it’s not easy. But, the NKFM’s programs can help.

Liz Walker, a Black woman in her 70s from Dearborn Heights, became interested in a healthy lifestyle because both her parents were overweight and diabetic. Her father had both his legs amputated due to complications from diabetes.

“I got to see what happens when you don’t do anything,” Walker said.

As a participant in the NKFM’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a national CDC-certified lifestyle change program, Walker lost weight and learned about healthier food choices.

“DPP motivates me even now, after several years,” she said.

She has lost additional weight and remains active with walking, boot camp classes and weight training.

For more information on the DPP, visit

For more information on other NKFM programs to improve health, call 800-482-1455.

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