A Bite of Hope
What is the Problem?
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States and presents a major public health challenge. Complications from diabetes such as coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease, stroke, diabetic neuropathy, amputation, renal failure and blindness are resulting in increased disability, rising health costs and reduced life expectancy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control over 100 million adults in the United States have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Of the 6.4 million people living in Houston and Harris County, it is estimated that 15.6% of the adult population has diabetes. Obesity, a risk factor to type 2 diabetes, is the most common chronic condition in Houston affecting 32% of adults.
HOPE Clinic believes that re-framing the way communities see food and eating will be a major benefit in how we manage the burden of chronic disease.
What is Our Solution?
HOPE Clinic has developed an important partnership with Cities Changing Diabetes, a program launched in 2014 by pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, University College London and the Steno Diabetes Center to address the social and cultural determinants that can increase vulnerability to type 2 diabetes.
Through innovative and empowering educational tools and prevention programs, this public/private partnership strives to reverse this health crisis and its long-term dire projections, ultimately freeing Houston of diabetes and its complications and reducing the health and economic burdens of this disease.
A Bite of HOPE’s strategy is to leverage the experience of local chefs and culinary instructors for their in-depth knowledge of local communities. The program’s coordinator and lead chef has vast experience designing culinary programs and instructing new chefs to lead this effort. His background includes experience managing restaurants in Europe, South America, the Caribbean and the United States. He was the founder of the restaurant that pioneered the gastronomic revolution in Bolivia and is now the force behind this game-changing program.