Former NBA All-Star Dominic Wilkins’ father and grandfather both had Type 1, and the one time Atlanta Hawks star is himself a Type 2 diabetic.

To help save others from the disease, Wilkins has been working with Novo Nordisk and Victoza to spread awareness and to encourage younger folks to exercise often and watch their diet.

“I’m trying to tell these kids, you have to have physical activity and eat the best that you can now, so you don’t have these problems later in life,” said Wilkins, who is now the Vice President of Basketball for the Atlanta Hawks. “You want to have some preventive measures, so you don’t have to go through the things that your parents or grandparents went through.”

Read this great coverage in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of a recent visit by Wilkins to educate youth about the dangers of diabetes.