Unfortunately, Knox County has a high rate of diabetes and it is the 8th leading cause of death in Knox County. 13% of Tennesseans have diabetes and 20% don’t know they have diabetes. 38% or 1.5 million Tennesseans have prediabetes. Near the end of the article, Ms. Nelson referred to Type II diabetes as a reversible condition. When I drive around Knox County, I see a lot of fast-food restaurants and not a lot of sidewalks. Some parts of Knox County are very pedestrian friendly but many are not. As your HD 89 Representative, I hope to make the district more pedestrian friendly, enhance the community to promote outdoor activities and make sure we don’t get overwhelmed with busy roads boarded by fast-food chains. Let’s reverse the diabetes death statistic in HD89!!!