Walgreens District Manager Scott Sutton Commits to Chairing the American Diabetes Association's 2015 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

For Immediate Release: February 2015
Contact: Leslie Lam
Phone: 808-947-5979

Honolulu, Hawaii – Scott Sutton, District Manager of Walgreens in Hawaii, is "Stepping Out" this year to become the Corporate Recruitment Chair of the 2015 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes slated for Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Queen Kapiolani Park. Sutton is confident that with the support of the leadership team and its committed sponsors, the American Diabetes Association will be able to impact the nearly 500,000 individuals with prediabetes or diabetes living in Hawaii. In order to do this, Sutton 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. Diabetes affects most of our population 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 Sutton.

This year's walk is particularly special as it celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the American Diabetes Association. The Association will honor 75 years of progress in diabetes treatment, management and quality of life, and the Association's role in these advancements.

"We've come a long way since 1940 in our research achievements, leadership in diabetes advocacy, as well as our programs and resources to help provide those living with diabetes and their families with a better way of life," said Mia Noguchi, Co-Chair of the American Diabetes Association's Marketing and Communications Committee. "We encourage everyone to join with the American Diabetes Association this year to celebrate and continue efforts to help Stop Diabetes," said Noguchi.

"Diabetes is a very serious disease," said Sharlene Tsuda, 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, Executive 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. 390,800 adults in Hawaii over 20 years old are estimated to have pre-diabetes. 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 find out more information about the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes or to volunteer please visit the local American Diabetes Association website: www.diabetes.org/Hawaii, or the Step Out website: www.diabetes.org/stepouthawaii. Please feel free to contact the Hawaii office directly by calling 808-947-5979 or 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.