Angie Stone fights diabetes with dinner

    Angie Stone and Anthony Anderson are teaching people all over the country how to stay healthy by reworking their at-home menu.







    Angie Stone and Anthony Anderson are teaching people all over the country how to stay healthy by reworking their at-home menu.

    During the month of November, soul singer Angie Stone and comedian Anthony Anderson are tracking across the country with the F.A.C.E. Diabetes’ “Make Over Your Sunday Meal” campaign to help every Black-American community connect the dots of how eating habits can effect their chances of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. 
    Both Angie and Anthony were aware that one in seven Black people have the disease far before they were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes themselves.
    “My mom had a stroke because of her diabetes, her sugar level went close to 300 and she had three mini-strokes,” said Angie. “Being diagnosed myself with Type 2 diabetes for the last 11 years has been a big wake-up call for me. What I have done is channel all of my celebrity and energy into making sure my people are aware that they need to get checked.”
    Anthony has witnessed both parents being impacted by the disease.
    “My father passed away from diabetes and a couple of years ago my mother was diagnosed with diabetes as well,” he said. “So, because of how it has affected me and my family, I asked if I could be a part of this program to spread the word that it is important for us all to get checked out.”
    Angie and Anthony keep the memories of what their families have gone through in the forefront of their minds as they tour the country. The pair hope to educate the Black community and, ultimately, to help save another life.
    “When I was out in Chicago,” Angie recalled, “an entire family came to shake my hand and the only one that was a diabetic was the nine year old daughter who was obese. The sadness and pain that I saw in the little girl’s face was too much to handle.”
    She continued, “Just hearing about the things that she go through at school and day-to-day was just hurting. Her family was talking about how they are trying to eat better for her well being.”
    For Anthony, it was another one of his family members that helped him to see that everything he is doing definitely has an impact.
    “My aunt has breast cancer, and was getting chemo [therapy] a few weeks ago. And you know what was sitting on her nightstand while she was in the hospital? A diabetes pamphlet with me on the cover,” said Anthony. “She sees me talking about it, and in the midst of everything she’s going through, she asked the doctor to check her for diabetes as well. Stuff like that makes this all worth it.”
    Both Angie and Anthony continue to battle with diabetes while trying to maintain a family and a career. Although they both will be the first to say they aren’t sure how their health will progress, one thing they are sure of is that they will do all they can to continue to live a healthy lifestyle.
    “I will continue to manage my food intake and that of my family,” Angie promised. “You can still eat great, tasty food, you just have to prepare it properly. A lot of [people] are so spoiled and accustomed to eating out that they lose track of exactly what they are eating.”
    “You can eat great food, combine them the proper way and not have any problems,” Angie reiterated.
    For more information on how to make over your Sunday meal and the F.A.C.E. Diabetes initiative, please visit



    – Marcus A. Williams




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