The term “diabetes” describes a group of conditions resulting from the body’s inability to make insulin and/or use insulin effectively.  The District will focus on Type 2 diabetes which is 95% preventable with regular physical activity and healthy weight management.  This phenomenon is reflected in the District’s tri-annual needs assessment that found the occurrence of Type 2 diabetes in the District is 31%, which is almost two-thirds higher than the State of California and the U.S. at 25%.  Contributing factors in the District include obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet, older age, family history, and race/ethnicity.  The Sierra Kings Health Care District aims to invest in strategies to impact obesity rates throughout the District.