Dominique Wilkins shared his experiences with Type 2 diabetes with local students and the community, Tuesday.
The man dubbed "The Human Highlight Film" was in Ross County today to share his diabetes experience. NBA Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Hawks all-star Dominique Wilkins said he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when he was 40 years old and has since learned to manage his condition to lead a healthy life.
"You can't sit back and wait for somebody to work out for you; you can't wait for somebody to change foods for you," he said. "You've got to be proactive."
Wilkins said the first change started with his diet: "I haven't drank orange juice in 13 years because orange juice for a diabetic is pretty bad for you."
He added that a positive attitude can help anyone overcome the challenges he/she faces. In fact, one of his most memorable experiences came from overcoming an obstacle.
"When I got hurt and came back and had my best all around year, that's my best experience."
Wilkins spoke at the "Slam Dunk Diabetes" event at the PACCAR Center and at Chillicothe High School to shed light on the prevalence of diabetes in the community as 10.8% of Ross County residents are diabetic, 95% of which have Type 2 diabetes.
(Wilkins, pictured left, at the PACCAR Center)