Kirchhofer: Governor signs new law to help combat diabetes

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, July 30, 2018 3:43 pm

STATEHOUSE (July 30, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday ceremonially signed into law legislation co-authored by State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) tasking state agencies with developing a strategic plan to reduce diabetes in Indiana.

Kirchhofer said Indiana has the 11th-highest rate of diabetes in the United States. Under this new law, she said the Indiana State Department of Health will collaborate with the Family and Social Services
Administration to create a plan to identify and reduce the high rate of diabetes and prediabetes in the state.

“With more than 700,000 Hoosiers living with diabetes and approximately 1.7 million at risk, it is critical we take steps now to begin lowering these rates,” said Kirchhofer, chair of the House Committee on Public Health. “Unfortunately, low-income and minority communities are disproportionately affected by this disease. This statewide strategic plan will ensure we are working with accurate data and our efforts are targeted in areas most in need.” 

According to Kirchhofer, Type 2 diabetes, a disease that affects the body’s blood sugar levels, can be prevented and managed by making healthy lifestyle choices like eating healthy and regular exercise.

Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about House Enrolled Act 1175.

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Rep. Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents House District 89,

which includes portions of Marion County.

PHOTO CAPTION: Gov. Eric Holcomb signs legislation co-authored by State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) into law at the Indiana Minority Health Coalition on Monday, July 30, 2018. This new law requires state agencies to develop a strategic plan to reduce diabetes in Indiana. Pictured left to right, State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indiana Minority Health Coalition Vice President of Policy and Public Engagement Tony Gillespie, and State Rep. Vanessa Summers.