Conquering Chronic Disease with Billy Mills

Over half of all Americans have been diagnosed with a chronic or long-lasting disease. This can affect anyone, even an Olympic champion like Billy Mills.

Billy Mills
  • Is an Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
  • Won the gold medal in the 10,000 meter race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
  • Was diagnosed with borderline diabetes (also known as pre-diabetes) before he won the gold medal.
In this video, Billy Mills shares his sense of hope through true grit as he continues to fight every day to live the most quality life possible no matter what the challenge.
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This publication was made possible by Grant Number 1C1CMS330996 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies. 
Olympic footage courtesy of the United States Olympic Committee/International Olympic Committee, USOC/IOC 36 U.S.C. § 220506. 
1964 Olympic 10,000 meter race commentary courtesy of NBC Olympics. 
“Amazing Grace (in Dakota)" from the album Walk In Beauty by Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike courtesy Canyon Records License # 2014-009. All rights reserved.
“Positive Thinking” by Earl Bullhead & Common Man. Courtesy of SOAR (Sound of America Record distributors). All rights reserved.