Students from several Buffalo public schools met NBA Hall-of-Fame basketball legend Dominique Wilkins at the Independent Health Foundation’s Fitness for Kids Challenge 2013-14 kick-off. The health and wellness initiative, now in its sixth year, is offered to elementary school-aged children throughout western New York. This year’s program challenges elementary school children to increase their physical activity and make good nutrition choices through May 2014.
Wilkins, a Type 2 diabetes patient, partners with Novo Nordisk as a Diabetes Ambassador to help raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. At the event, Wilkins spoke to approximately 200 fourth and fifth graders about his life with diabetes and how he combats the illness with fitness and nutrition.