Rick Williams wants to knockout diabetes.
For 20 years, Williams’ older brother, Terrence L. Williams, Sr. suffered from diabetes. Williams’ brother ultimately suffered from kidney failure and passed away. Terence L. Williams, Sr. was only 42.
Williams believes that if his brother had known how to manage his diabetes, he would have lived a far more productive life.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body processes sugar (glucose). It is estimated that 16 million people in the United States have diabetes mellitus. About half of these people aren’t aware that they have diabetes or receive care for the condition.
Diabetes is also a common chronic disorder among children in the United
States. About 123,000 children and teenagers age 19 and younger have
diabetes. Strategies, such as fitness and exercise benefit diabetes management
because they can help children lower their blood glucose levels.
Over two years ago, Williams, a fitness trainer, developed the idea for
Body Breaker board game as a way to make exercise fun.
To play, players first receive 10 energy bar cards. The players then select a
difficulty level of play. The levels of difficulty range from levels 1 -3. Players
roll dice and move their figurine according to the number of spaces shown
on the dice. Players must perform a workout according to the space where their
figurine lands on the board. The game also includes questions related to
health awareness. The last player that obtains their energy bars is the
winner, or the Body Breaker.
Body Breaker board game includes a game board, Energy Bar cards, Trainer
Command cards, Cheat cards, six figurines, and game instructions.
To honor his brother and to inform others about the importance of health
awareness, Williams, along with his wife Rosalyn, helped launch the
Stickman Fitness Terrence L. Williams Sr. Fight Diabetes Foundation
(TLWFDF). The goal of TLWFDF is to raise funds in order to purchase
Body Breaker board games and donate them to various schools.
In an interview with Power 99 FM, Williams said that his aim is “to
[instill] in children the importance that if they eat right, if they exercise,
they can live a long and healthy life.”
Williams was given the opportunity to present Body Breaker board game
in several Philadelphia charter schools in 2014. Williams said that his goal
is to present the board game in more charter schools as well as public
schools in the Philadelphia tri-area.
Body Breaker board game can be purchased at
www.bodybreaker.net for $34.99.