St. Regis Mohawk Tribe combats diabetes among the elderly

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York is helping its elderly members fight diabetes

Nurse Janine Rourke estimates that 20 percent of the reservation suffers from diabetes. Most of her patients are over the age of 45 and a third are over the age of 65.

Over 500 people are enrolled in the tribe's Let's Get Healthy program. Rourke emphasizes exercise and a healthy diet.

"Diabetes runs in my family," participant Kerry Montour, 49, told USA Today. "My mother passed away last year because she was diabetic, and she was only 66. I don't want that to happen to me."

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