Interview: Rev Run And Daughter Vanessa Simmons Urge Women To Get Screened For Diabetes


Women who are planning pregnancy should know their risk for diabetes before trying to conceive. If left untreated, diabetes can affect a mother’s whole body, including her unborn baby, and can lead to a host of complications.


That is why hip hop legend Rev Run and his daughter, new mom Vanessa Simmons, have partnered with Novo Nordisk and its Ask.Screen.Know.TM initiative. The campaign is a national education program that challenges Americans to find out about their risk of type 2 diabetes and raise awareness of the need for early screening.


Vanessa’s father Rev Run has been passionate about spreading the important message of knowing your diabetes risk because he is at-risk, and has since made health a priority for his entire family. Because of his continued involvement in Ask.Screen.Know. TM, Vanessa learned how important it is to be screened for diabetes.


At first, she didn’t realize that she needed to be screened for diabetes before becoming pregnant. Now Vanessa wants to encourage other women who are thinking of having a baby to take the Diabetes Risk Factor Assessment at, and learn their risk factors of type 2 diabetes before becoming pregnant.


Rev Run and his daughter Vanessa Simmons joined me recently to discuss more about their personal journey that lead to diabetes screening, and why they encourage others to do the same. The two also shared the importance of knowing your risks and ways to help the whole family stay healthy, especially women who are thinking of becoming mothers. Take a look below.



If you have diabetes risk factors like me, talk with a health care professional, such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist, about being screened.


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ask-screen-know-logoVisit to learn more about diabetes screening, and to take the Diabetes Risk Factor Assessment. There’s also free printables and guides for questions to ask your doctor, talking to your family about living a healthier lifestyle, and recipes for healthy living.



Meet Our Guests:


rev run vanessa simmons diabetesRev Run is one of the most iconic figures in music. The front man of hip hop group RUN DMC and an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide and is widely credited for ushering rap music into mainstream culture. Rev remains a dynamic figure in entertainment today; he starred in MTV’s Run’s House, co-authored several books, and is a sought-after deejay and public speaker.
Vanessa Simmons is a 31 year old American television personality. Daughter of Joeseph “Rev” Run Simmons, Vanessa appeared on MTV’s Run’s House and the spin-off Daddy’s Girls from 2006-2010. As an actress, Simmons has appeared on the CBS iconic soap opera The Guiding Light as well a number of independent features. In 2015 Vanessa filmed Happiness alongside Darrin Dewitt Henson while serving as the Host for Project Runway:Threads on Lifetime. Vanessa is involved in many charities and feels her life purpose is to inspire empower and encourage women to be all they can be through her philanthropy work.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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