On Dec. 8, NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins visited Durgee Junior High School to speak to ninth-graders about diabetes and healthy lifestyles.
Wilkins, considered one of the greatest scorers in NBA history, was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000. Today he is an advocate for diabetes education, traveling around the country to help change the way people think about living with diabetes. He is a Diabetes Awareness Ambassador on behalf of Novo Nordisk.
Wilkins told students that the time to take care of themselves is when they are young so that they develop life-long healthy habits. He stressed the importance of being physically active every day, telling students they don't need to play a sport to be active, a walk or work out in the gym are just as effective for keeping in good physical condition.
"Keep on the move," Wilkins said.
In 2006, the Baldwinsville Central School District adopted its wellness policy, which emphasizes creating and maintaining a learning environment that models and encourages healthy eating and physical activity habits to protect students' health, well being and ability to learn. (The entire policy is on the district's Web site at bville.org, under District Information.) Wilkins' presentation served as an educational tool and a reminder to students of the healthy choices they can make in their daily lives.
Wilkins' presentation was sponsored in conjunction with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the YMCA of Greater Syracuse and Novo Nordisk Inc.
Dominique Wilkins signs autographs for students at Durgee Junior High School after his presentation to the school's ninth graders on Dec. 8.