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Diabetes program reaches out to rural, elderly Navajos

With diabetes on the rise, the Navajo Nation is reaching out to the rural and elderly to help tribal members combat the disease.

The Sage Memorial Hospital in Ganado, Arizona, serves hundreds of people with diabetes. The clinic is opening a kitchen to offer lessons in preparing healthy meals. Patients, including amputees, can ride a horse to restore balance.

At the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility, officials estimate that 23 percent of the 33,000 who visit the hospital have diabetes. The staff built a hogan and a staff member, who is also a medicine man, helps integrate traditional values into diabetes management.

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In Navajo Country, Horses and Gardens to Treat a Scourge (The New York Times 6/6)