Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that affects thousands of individuals yearly and despite the current prevention measures, the number of new cases continues to rise. Type 2 diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and the costs for treatment and care for type 2 diabetic related illnesses is an estimated $174 billion dollars annually. Type 2 diabetes impacts all races, ages, and sexes, however the incidence is disproportionally higher among the Native American population and the numbers of children and adolescents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes continues to rise. Children at the Bdote Learning Center in Minneapolis, MN are at high risk for developing this deadly disease before they reach adulthood. Preventative measures for type 2 diabetes has predominantly focused on tertiary measures of disease treatment and little focus has been on primary prevention such as childhood nutrition education and lifestyle changes. A shift in the paradigm is needed that will provide a culturally congruent preventative care to combat the rising statistics of type 2 diabetes in Native American children. Using Leininger's Culture Care Theory as a guide, this paper proposes an early childhood nutrition education program at the Bdote Learning Center as a means for combating type 2 diabetes that aligns cultural values and learning styles acceptable to the Native American population.
Partridge, Rebecca, "Early childhood nutrition education for Minnesota's Native American population" (2017). Theses and Graduate Projects. 49.