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Stacy Hammer
Registered Dietitian, Lower Sioux Health Care Center

It’s no secret the diabetes rate is high in many of Minnesota’s Native American communities. The Lower Sioux Community, where Stacy Hammer works, is no exception. Hammer, the first registered dietitian with the Lower Sioux Health Care Center, runs a culturally-specific diabetes program as well as an elder nutrition program. She says people in their 30s and 40s are on dialysis. When she asked young people at a summer camp how many knew someone with diabetes, all the hands went up. “Their parents and their grandparents have it. They assume they will have it,” she said. She’s working hard with …

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