Christie Hust teaches diabetes awareness to scouts
Christie Hust doesn’t mind telling scouts about diabetes.
It’s her job. Diabetes also is a disease Hust understands on a personal level.
Hust, who volunteers with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, also is an instructor and director of the Diabetes Education Center at Texas Tech University.
Hust’s father, grandfather and aunt were diagnosed with diabetes. When Hust was pregnant, she suffered from gestational diabetes, which is high glucose levels while carrying a child. It can lead to overweight babies and injure the child’s shoulders during birth.
“It’s something I know a lot about,” said Hust.
Diabetes affects up to 20.8 million people nationwide, or 7 percent of the population, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate. About 14.6 million people are diagnosed and another 6 million go undiagnosed, stated the report.
In Lubbock County, about one in 10 people have some form of diabetes, according to a 2007 Texas Department of State Health Services report.
Hust is the leader for Girl Scout Troop 6013. She stresses diabetes education in the Girl Scouts’ first aid training.
“I made sure they know because it is so prevalent in this community,” said Hust. “We just make sure we touch on diabetes and make sure they understand it. If there is a diabetic, they know how to treat it and what to look for.”
Hust also said a Boy Scout in Troop 140 was diagnosed with the disease several years ago. She explained diabetes to the scouts.
“We went all the way through what diabetes is, how to treat it and what’s going on,” said Hust.
She became involved as a parent in scouting when her son, Trevor, was a Cub Scout at North Ridge Elementary.
“We just inherited a pack at North Ridge, grew it and loved it,” she said. There are about 20 to 25 scouts, she said, for Troop 140.
When her daughter, RaeLeigh, became involved in Girl Scouts, Hust took on an active role. She leads a troop of about five Scouts.
“I went from a great big group (of boys) to a little bitty core group (of girls),” said Hust. “They love scouting. They are fixing to go into high school. It’s really hectic, but they always seem to make time for that program. It really impresses me with today’s youth. They are pushed in so many directions.”
She plans to stay in scouting “As long as I am able to. I always tell my children that.”