15. Perfect Soldiers

Gabriel Cortez creates a historical bridge between Panama and growing up Panamanian-American, and the “arsenal of ways to self-destruct” that unite the intergenerational effects of Type 2 diabetes.


   Type 2 diabetes has changed from a disease of our grandparents…to a disease of our children.

   Most children who develop type 2 diabetes have a close family member with the disease.

   Since the start of the wars…

   Nearly 1 in 2 children of color will get diabetes in their lifetime.


Perfect Soldiers Lesson Plan

Leading Questions:
What are your cultural customs around food? Where did they come from? How does your ethnic and cultural background affect your diet? How does your parents upbringing affect your dinner table?

Create a family tree of eating habits. Start with your generation. List your family members and what they eat then track back. What about the generation before? And before? When was there a change? What happened to your families journey that affected that? Did someone move? Change jobs? When did the family tree of eating habits mean good health? Did it change? What factors were involved in that change?


What wars are we still fighting when it comes to food and health? What role do we play in that war? What battles do we have to fight? Who are the soldiers and what team are they on? Who started the war and what do they want to accomplish?

Finish this sentence, “There is a war going on outside…” What is happening in that war? What are all the factors to that war? Who are the people involved? Who are the targets? Soldiers? What is the motivation to fight, win, lose?

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Wrap Up:
How can we recruit our peers and family into the pursuit of healthy living and the war against Type 2 Diabetes? What are the benefits?

The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture