TecFarms Philanthropies aims to enhance public health through effective interventions.
Over the past three decades, the diabetes rate in the United States has nearly quadrupled. Disease has two main types, type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is preventable through dieting. 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases in the United States are type 2. Almost 30 million Americans suffer from this chronic disease, with 8 million potentially undiagnosed.
Diabetes affects people of color at the highest rates (CDC 2014). African Americans and Hispanics are twice as likely as whites to have diabetes. If recent trends continue, close to one-third of the US population could have diabetes by 2050, with some 30 percent of African Americans and 50 percent of Hispanics affected (Imperatore et al. 2012). If left untreated or poorly managed, diabetes can cause kidney damage, blindness, and poor circulation, leading to lower-limb amputations, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases (Whiteney and Rolfes 2012). Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States (CDC 2014).
People of color face more obstacles in preventing and managing diabetes, in addition to having higher diabetes rates than whites. This is partly due to lower incomes and less access to healthy food among populations of color.
Consuming inorganic and unhealthy food items and products can lead to major health diseases and illnesses, such as asthma, heart problems, and diabetes. These health conditions cause a large number of deaths annually. We aim to prevent deaths caused by these diseases and illnesses by providing healthy food and promoting public health choices.
Our program not only promotes healthier food choices but also devises strategies to help low and middle-income families consume a better and healthier diet. From raising awareness to distributing healthy food, TecFarms Philanthropies ensures that people can consume nutritious food that positively impacts their health and enables them to live longer and healthier lives.