Floridians are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as over 2.3 million residents 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. In South Florida, approximately half of a million adults are currently living with diabetes.
That is why the American Diabetes Association's South Florida 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.
Diabetes Resource Center
To address the diabetes epidemic on a local level, the American Diabetes Association, in partnership with the Leo Goodwin Foundation, will pilot the South Florida Diabetes Resource Center. The "South Florida DRC" is designed to be a neighborhood place for health and wellness where residents of all ages can come for nutrition and cooking classes, diabetes and prediabetes education, information on local resources, support groups, testing referrals and more. Scheduled to open in early 2018. More information to come soon!
Camp Gene is a lifeline for children with diabetes to develop the critical skills needed to thrive while managing this disease. Camp gives kids the opportunity to meet other kids just like them while fostering independence, building self-confidence and gaining an awareness of a healthy lifestyle through education, nutrition, exercise, emotional well-being and glucose control.
For more information on any of the programs above, please contact Shaunte Young SYoung@diabetes.org.
Diabetes Prevention Programs
In collaboration with the Florida Department of Health and local Diabetes Prevention Programs throughout Florida, the American Diabetes Association wants all people with prediabetes to know that getting type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be a sure thing. In fact, prediabetes can often be reversed. Join a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change program to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
The program can also lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, improve your health overall, and help you feel more energetic
Become a Diabetes Advocate!
Life isn't fair for people with diabetes. First, there is the simple fact of coping with a chronic illness. Second, there are the barriers that prevent people with diabetes from enjoying the same opportunities as the rest of the population. Our Advocacy efforts work to bring down the barriers and fund critical diabetes research. Take action and become a Diabetes Advocate today!
Volunteer With Us
Your involvement as an American Diabetes Association volunteer—whether on a local or national level—will help improve lives of everyone impacted by diabetes, maybe even someone close to you. There are many ways for you to get involved—a little time can have a big impact.