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9 Year Old Martial Artist to Teach 1,000 People About Diabetes!

My name is Renuka Dabli. I am 9 years old. I am in 4th grade, and a student of Johnson’s Taekwondo. As part of my Black Belt Project Last Year I conducted a leadership project to educate people on how to prevent diabetes. I chose this topic because my dad has diabetes a,nd I am seeing very closely how tough life becomes when one has diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease in which a person gets high blood sugar. There are 2 types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Diabetes can seriously affect all organs of your body.

Because diabetes is a disease mostly caused by lifestyle and heredity, steps can be taken to prevent it. So I decided to spread the word about diabetes. I made slides and presented them at leadership hour. The people who helped me and motivated me were Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Lewitt, Mrs. Fernandez and my mom. All other instructors and people present at leadership hour also gave me suggestions.

Next, I improved my work and added additional slides in my presentation. I am still working on my project and my goal is to reach 1,000 people and make them aware of the disease. I am requesting my audience in each of my presentation to take my message forward to many more people who can still take it further. This way there will be a chain of messengers and the message will reach out to more than 1000 people. My target is to reach at least 1000 people to begin with.

I can’t tell when I will be reaching my goal, but I will keep trying. After all, perseverance is a quality that is a must for a Johnson’s taekwondo student.

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