March is National Nutrition Month, an annual event created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.
To celebrate National Nutrition Month, we are highlighting one of our young donors. Meet Maria, she is a blood donor, a high school student, a student-athlete, and she has Type 1 diabetes. But she isn’t letting that slow her down, Maria runs an Instagram page called @typeonewithoutlimits to teach others how to thrive with diabetes.
Why do you donate blood?
Donating blood or platelets is something my parents have always done since I was little. I feel like I am doing my part by donating blood for others, it just takes a couple of minutes and you could be saving someone’s life.
What inspired you to get into nutrition and working out?
When I got diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes back in 2017, I started becoming more conscious of what I put in my body, what I eat and what I can do to help my body with Type 1 diabetes. I do what I can to keep my body healthy, to help it absorb insulin better I do weightlifting to keep myself in the weight I’m supposed to be.