Painting By Disturbing Numbers

Sometimes it’s hard to get our minds around the staggeringly high statistics that are associated with many of America’s most prevalent, and devastating diseases.  When astronomical numbers are tossed around, it’s not always easy for us to visualize the real impact of these illnesses.

To transform the state of chronic disease from the abstract to something we can see with our own eyes, pharmaceutical maker Novo Nordisk (a Healthcare Leadership Council member) teamed with artist Mark Cline to create a mural in the middle of Washington, D.C.’s historic Union Station.  The mural illustrates the extraordinarily high cost of diabetes in different states, numbers that are rising as underscored by the CDC’s estimate that one in every three Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050.

Please take a look at this video chronicling the creation of the Union Station mural.  It’s a fascinating project that helps us better understand a very troubling subject.