Local Restaurants Go Healthy 2-14-2011 - KCTV5

Local Restaurants Go Healthy 2-14-2011

What you eat tonight for dinner could be putting you at risk for diabetes, but there are some restaurants in Kansas City you can go to and avoid the risk.
Restaurant owners are finding ways to change their menus to help people who suffer from diabetes. Geri Gosa was the picture of perfect health 30 years ago when she started as news reporter for KCTV5. Unknown to her, she was living with a disease that nearly took her life.
"I was found unconscious, I guess I had been there a couple of days." Gosa said.
Gosa went into an induced coma for over a month after suffering from diabetes. She temporarily lost the use of her arm and had to relearn how to walk and talk. It was at that time she also learned to eat differently.
When it comes to eating out, diabetics are limited. One restaurant owner is trying to change that.
Suliaman Salaam is the owner of Salaam Cafe near 69th Street and Prospect, a restaurant specializing in soul food cuisine. He was recognized Monday by the Black Health Care Coalition for creating a menu just for diabetic patrons. Something he said is missing in many soul food restaurants.
"I had to be selective and slide some healthier options and show consumers healthy food can be tasty as well." Salaam said.
The Kansas City Health Department states that Kansas City has three times the death rate to diabetes in the black community than the white community."
Gosa encourages others to pay attention to the warnings, tingling of extremities, and blurred vision.
The Black Health Care Coalition hopes other area restaurants to develop diabetic menus in the community.
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