In the World of Diabetes, Nancy Heinrich is a Hero

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( — September 8, 2015) –When it comes to diabetes, Nancy Heinrich is one of the top advocates and educational specialists. Nancy is an experienced epidemiologist who spends her days spreading information about diabetes with the intent of truly changing lives. 

I find Nancy Heinrich to be heroic in her efforts because she uses her educational and experiential background in a way that is altruistic. Her background is one that includes extensive experience with communicable diseases including HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, hepatitis and a variety of sexually transmitted diseases. 

Among her many efforts, Nancy is the founder of “Growing Healthy Kids”, an organization founded solely with the intention and efforts of teaching young children about healthy eating, thus stopping the childhood obesity epidemic that is rampant in the United States. Nancy continues to extend her efforts to educate those with diabetes by writing books and conducting numerous educational seminars as well. Two of her most influential contributions include “Healthy Living with Diabetes: One Small Step at a Time” and “Healthy, Living, Healthy Eating, Healthy Diabetes”. 

In her own words, Nancy professes her lifetime goal of helping to make a difference in the lives of those with diabetes by teaching them to live with the disease. By teaching healthy living habits, Nancy strives to lower the incidence of diabetes and assist those with diabetes so that the disease is not a controlling factor in life. By helping people control their weight as well as many of the predisposing factors of diabetes, Nancy takes a very proactive approach to the issue. Simple changes in diet, exercise and simple daily habits can make a vast difference when it comes to the incidence and/or severity of diabetes. Nancy is truly heroic in her efforts to make diabetes a daily, household word that is not only comfortable in conversation but understood. 

I believe that there are very few people who extend their lives to the cause of truly making a difference in the lives of others. Nancy Heinrich is one of those people. Rather than using her knowledge and experience to make money in healthcare, she has dedicated her life in the pursuit of impact extending into the realm of actually making a difference in the lives of those who are affected or are potentially affected by diabetes. Nancy Heinrich is able to educate and inform those with diabetes and help to empower them, not only bettering the quality of life but allowing for a quality of life that would not have been possible without her.


To me that is the is the definition of a hero, that Nancy Heinrich deserve to be recognized for.