People in New England are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as thousands of people suffer from the disease, and many others may have diabetes and not know it! It is estimated that one out of every three children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes.
That is why the American Diabetes Association's Boston office is so committed to educating the public about how to stop diabetes and support those living with the disease.
We are here to help.
The New England office serves Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut.
Kingston, Rhode Island
Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems the African American community faces today. Twenty-five percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have diabetes. One in four American women over 55 years of age has diabetes. The American Diabetes Association's African American Initiatives are a targeted approach to increasing the awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and emphasizing the importance of making health lifestyle choices such as moving more and eating healthier.
Por tu familia
Designed specifically for the Hispanic/Latino community,Por tu familia ("for your family" in English) is a fun, activity-based, educational program about the prevention and management of diabetes. Included in the American Diabetes Association&'s Por Tu Familia program are a series of nine easy-to-understand workshops available in both English and Spanish. The workshops may be taught by trained volunteers at faith based organizations, schools or other community centers. Materials included in the workshops are free.
Awakening the Spirit
Our Native American targeted initiatives serve to carry a message of hope to Native people that diabetes is treatable and preventable through culturally competent diabetes education initiatives such as:
- The importance of physical activity and weight loss
- Making healthier food choices for yourself and your family
Additionally, we advocate for Native people specifically around keeping optimal funding through the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.
The Family Link program advocates and provides educational programming for children and the parents of children who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The New England area office offers programs such as Camp Carefree, Winter Weekend, Safe at School and countless social events that provide opportunities to learn about diabetes management and meet other families whose lives have been affected by diabetes.
We welcome your help.
Your involvement as an American Diabetes Association volunteer — whether on a local or national level — will help us expand our community outreach and impact, inspire healthy living, intensify our advocacy efforts, raise critical dollars to fund our mission, and uphold our reputation as the moving force and trusted leader in the diabetes community.