More than 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

People who are overweight are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats, and LDL cholesterol, all risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

In 2010, African-Americans were 70 percent less likely to engage in active physical activity than whites.

Deaths from heart disease and stroke are almost twice the rate for African-Americans as compared to whites.

African-Americans are 1.4 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to have high blood pressure.

African-American adults are twice as likely as non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.

African-American adults are 60 percent more likely to have a stroke than their white adult counterparts.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health