City Mill Co., Ltd. Commits to Charing the American Diabetes Association's 2016 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

For Immediate Release: February 2016
Contact: Leslie Lam
Phone: 808-947-5979

Honolulu, Hawaii – Steven Ai, CEO and President of City Mill Company, Ltd., is "Stepping Out" this year as the Chair of the 2016 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes slated for Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Queen Kapiolani Park. Ai is confident that with the support of the leadership team, Premier Sponsor, The Queen's Health Systems, and many other committed sponsors, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will be able to impact the nearly 600,000 individuals with prediabetes or diabetes living in Hawaii. In order to do this, Ai has a few major goals in mind: raise awareness of the impact of diabetes; raise $410,000 in corporate sponsorships and walker donations; and recruit 3,000 people to participate in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.

"By promoting an active lifestyle and generating awareness about prevention we can change the trend of diabetes and work towards a healthier Hawaii. Prediabetes and Diabetes affects most of our population, nearly one in three, and supporting the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is a way for us to join together in the community to fight the battle and to find a cure," said Ai.

"This year's walk is particularly special as it celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. The Association will honor 25 years of progress in diabetes treatment, management and quality of life. We highly encourage everyone to join with the American Diabetes Association this year to help celebrate and continue efforts to Stop Diabetes," said Colby Kisaba, Community Leadership Board Chair.

"Diabetes is a very serious disease," said Sharlene Tsuda, Vice President, Community Development, The Queen's Health Systems and Immediate Past Chair of the American Diabetes Association's Community Leadership Board. "The Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes is a great way for family, friends and co-workers to join together and raise money to fight this disease that impacts so many in our community. It's also a nice time to enjoy an educational and fun-filled morning," said Tsuda.

Participants, Red Striders and Champions will gather at 7:00 a.m. at Queen Kapiolani Park to walk a 2.3 mile course in support of raising diabetes awareness, concluding at 11 a.m. In addition, the event will feature a health expo led by health care professionals and other advocates promoting health and wellness.

"The vision of the American Diabetes Association is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens," said Dr. Mark E. Tafoya, President of the American Diabetes Association's Community Leadership Board. "Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes."

Leslie Lam, Market Director of the American Diabetes Association Hawaii office said, "In our community, diabetes is highly prevalent and some contributing factors may include ethnicity, diet and life choices. It is one of the most serious, common and costly diseases in the country. We are very grateful for all of the support we have received thus far and ask for the community's dedication and help as we take steps to increase awareness and Stop Diabetes."

To join the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes or to volunteer please visit the local American Diabetes Association website: diabetes.org/Hawaii, or the Step Out website: diabetes.org/stepouthawaii. Individuals may also contact the Hawaii office by calling 808-947-5979. Visit our Facebook page for news and updates at: facebook.com/ADAHawaii.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 808-947-5979, 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org/hawaii.