National Sponsors

Our National Sponsors play an important role in helping the American Diabetes Association raise much needed funds to bring us closer to finding a cure for the disease, increase awareness and improve the lives of people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

We thank the following National Sponsors for their valuable support; and we urge other companies to support the diabetes community through the programs and events of the American Diabetes Association.


Catherines, a chain of more than 420 specialty fashion stores for plus sized women, is a proud Stop Diabetes supporter since 2009. Empowering Americans to prevent and manage diabetes is the goal initiative between American Diabetes Association and Catherines. During November through December 25, Catherines donates $5.00 for the sale of each specialty designed "Generosity Tee" to the American Diabetes Association.



Cigna, a global health service leader dedicated to helping people improve their health, is a proud supporter of the American Diabetes Association and our efforts to Stop Diabetes. Joining the Association as a National Stop Diabetes Supporter, Cigna is resolute in educating people on the importance of preventative care and getting their annual physical through their "Check-ups Count" campaign. The campaign goal is to help save 100,000 lives a year and aligns perfectly with Cigna's ongoing commitment to helping customers achieve optimal health results.


Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt

As part of their efforts to encourage people to choose healthy foods and include yogurt as part of a nutritious meal plan, The Dannon Company, Inc. and its Light & Fit® yogurt have joined in the fight to help Stop Diabetes. Dannon® supports two of the Association's important healthy living programs: Recipes for Healthy Living and Living With Type 2 Diabetes. Dannon is also helping us promote the importance of healthy lifestyle choices in preventing/managing diabetes by providing a variety of delicious recipes as well as tips and tools for healthier eating.


Davis Vision

Davis Vision, a wholly owned subsidiary of HVHC, Inc., is a managed vision care company that serves more than 21 million vision care members from businesses and organizations. As a National Promotional Sponsor of Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, Davis Vision will help raise awareness about the connection between diabetes and eye complications alongside Visionworks, another division of HVHC, Inc. Together they will develop a National Step Out Team.


Hass Avocado Board

The Hass Avocado Board, an agriculture promotion group established to promote the consumption of Hass Avocados in the United States, has joined forces with the Association to help increase awareness about the risk factors of diabetes, particularly amongst Hispanics - a community disproportionately impacted by the disease. Through their "Fresh Avocados – Love One Today®" and "Aguacates Frescos – Saborea Uno Hoy®" ( programs, the Board will work with the Association to elevate their messaging around the nutritional benefits of fresh avocados and the importance of eating healthy to help prevent and/or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. To help accomplish this, new recipes and educational materials will be developed in English and Spanish and distributed through Association channels such as events, social media and


Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Janssen Pharmaceuticals and James Earl Jones are working together to inspire millions of people to take control of their type 2 diabetes and imagine loving their numbers. Through this national program, Janssen Pharmaceuticals is supporting the American Diabetes Association's education, research, awareness, and advocacy initiatives. Additionally, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and the Association have collaborated with the Washington Redskins on the health and wellness initiative "Teaming Up to Take On Diabetes." Janssen Pharmaceuticals is also a Patron Sponsor of the Scientific Sessions, the world's largest meeting on diabetes, supporting two awards presented at the meeting including the Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes, and the Outstanding Physician-Clinician Award In Diabetes. The company also supports American Diabetes Month.


Larry H. Miller Group of Companies

The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies is supporting the movement to Stop Diabetes through its special book promotion "BEHIND THE DRIVE:99 Inspiring Stories from the Life of an American Entrepreneur", the book is a compilation of uplifting and untold stories about masterful entrepreneur, self-made billionaire and philanthropist Larry H. Miller, his battle with diabetes and quiet acts of service. The Larry H. Miller Group has generously donated $100,000 to support the Stop Diabetes® movement and local efforts in the Association's Utah Area Market.


Merisant Company

Merisant Company and Whole Earth Sweetener Company LLC, the makers of Equal® Sweetener and PureVia® All Natural Zero Calorie Sweetener promote 0 calorie options for people living with diabetes. Equal® has been a national sponsor of the American Diabetes Association for more than 23 years and is recognized as the Association's Stop Diabetes® Nutrition Sponsor. In addition to their financial commitment Equal® and Pure Via® support educational content for the Living With Type 2 Diabetes program, Recipes for Healthy Living resource tool, the Education Recognition Program, and participates in Diabetes EXPO and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® in Chicago. In addition to supporting nutrition content and Association events, Merisant promotes awareness of the Stop Diabetes movement in their national print advertising campaigns and trade shows.



SodaStream, a manufacturer and distributor of home sparkling water makers, has teamed up with the Association as a National Supporter of Stop Diabetes in a strategic effort to encourage healthy beverage choices, that is, calorie-free beverage consumption. As part of this relationship, SodaStream supports the Association's efforts to raise awareness during American Diabetes Month throughout November and National Healthy Lunch Day℠ on the third Tuesday in November.


Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial, a leader in employee benefits and stop-loss solutions in the U.S., is working with the American Diabetes Association to help raise awareness of the impact of diabetes and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. As the exclusive* National Sponsor of Wellness Lives Here℠ initiative, Sun Life will help us inspire employers to make a positive impact on the overall well-being of their employees–encouraging them to take actions in preventing and controlling diabetes and empowering them to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.

*Sun Life Financial is the National Sponsor of the Association's Wellness Lives Here℠ initiative, with exclusivity in the national corporate group benefits industry category.



Visionworks, a wholly owned subsidiary of HVHC, Inc., is a national optical retailer with more than 650 optical stores in 40 states and D.C. Visionworks will work in conjunction with sister company, Davis Vision, to raise awareness about eye complications with diabetes and the importance of ensuring eye health through regular eye exams as a National Promotional Sponsor of Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Visionworks will participate, alongside Davis Vision, at many local Step Out events and work together to build a national team. Visionworks will also provide special promotions for Step Out participants as well as eye health-related content for people with diabetes through digital and social media channels.


  • Last Reviewed: November 8, 2013
  • Last Edited: October 10, 2014