Buffalo in South Dakota

Giving Back: $3 Million Dollar Wellness Campaign

Not many people think a lot about Indian reservations. Nonetheless, about 1 million people live on them and there are 12 reservations in the United States bigger than the state of Rhode Island.

If you didn’t know these facts, you may also not know how devastating diabetes is to Native Americans, particularly those living on a reservation. In fact, the diabetes rate is almost twice the rate found in non-white Hispanic populations,. Fully, 15 percent of adult Native Americans have diabetes.

Well, Novo Nordisk knows all about these devastating statistics and they have decided to try and do something about it on one reservation in South Dakota.

This year they donated $3 million dollars to establish a 13,000 square foot wellness center on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. The wellness center will feature a workout room, classrooms to offer healthy eating courses and a test kitchen to show people how to prepare healthy meals.

Because the reservation is such a large place, not everyone can enjoy the benefits of the center easily. So, the company also donated a specially equipped RV that will visit remote areas and offer health care including diabetes diagnosis and education.

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company headquartered in Denmark. Amongst other medical items and treatments, they produce a large product line of insulin and insulin injection devices. To read more, visit NJ.com