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Diabetes Program Gets Insurance Grant

For education program

CPS-Impact Insurance (CPS-Impact) presented a $5,000 grant from the National Association of Life Insurance Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) Charitable Foundation to the Skyline Foundation in White Salmon to support Skyline Hospital's diabetic education's new "Fight Back: Stop Diabetes Before It Starts" program.

The program targets addressing pre-diabetes in Klickitat County's middle school children.

NAILBA's Charitable Foundation has been dedicated to providing funds to charities in local neighborhoods since 2001. NAILBA's grants are awarded to a wide range of programs and organizations that provide services designed to help those in need, specifically children.

CPS-Impact, located in White Salmon, submitted the grant on behalf of the Skyline Foundation earlier this year and was recently notified of the award.

"When NAILBA's grant application became available we noticed their main focus was helping children and the Skyline Foundation immediately came to mind," said Jess Wardwell, vice president of marketing for CPS-Impact. "Skyline's "Fight Back: Stop Diabetes Before It Starts" program was a perfect fit. We help clients with diabetes find affordable life insurance on a regular basis, so we understand the medical complications this disease brings. What better a way to help than by spreading the word and educating our youth about this disease and how to prevent it?"

The national Center for Disease Control predicts that one-third of all children born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. "It is critical that we educate youth and their families to develop a healthy lifestyle in order to reverse this catastrophic trend," says Becky Petty, diabetic education specialist at Skyline.

The Skyline Foundation's mission is to improve community health. With obesity in Klickitat County well above the national average, it's imperative that we educate our youth on the seriousness of diabetes.

"Once you have diabetes, it can never be resolved. It can however be prevented, through diet, exercise, and making healthy choices," states Stephanie Irving, executive director of the Skyline Foundation. "Students need to know they have a choice, We're thrilled Skyline's Diabetic Education Program is taking on this challenge."

This new program will allow a nurse specializing in Diabetic Education and Care to discuss diabetes and the importance of prevention to middle school children in Klickitat County. Children and their parents will be educated about this progressive disease, its dangers, and the medical costs associated with diabetes.

"We are very excited to present this award to the Skyline Foundation," said Wardwell. "We hope this program will set an example for other medical providers to allow the Fight Back program to go statewide, if not further."

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