New York, New York
Did you know that here in New York an estimated 2 million people, or 12.3% of the population now have diabetes. Of these, 517,000 of them have diabetes and simply do not know it. In addition, 5,412,000 people in New York or a staggering 36.2% of the population, have prediabetes. Every year an estimated 66,000 people in New York are diagnosed with diabetes. It is our mission to educate those living with diabetes and prediabetes as well as to prevent more New Yorkers from getting diabetes.
The impact of diabetes hits Latino/Hispanic and African American New Yorkers even harder. Of those diagnosed with diabetes 28% are Latinos/Hispanics in the New York City market, and 31% are African Americans. In New York City during 2007, 22 African Americans and 23 Latinos/Hispanics of every 100,000 died from diabetes.
That is why the American Diabetes Association's New York 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 American Diabetes Association's Greater New York office serve the community with a variety of FREE programs, workshops and awareness campaigns for people living with diabetes, their friends and family.
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 research to Stop Diabetes®.
Advocacy in Action
Lily has lived with diabetes and down syndrome, for almost all her of life. She and her mother, Katherine, form a powerful advocacy duo for the Association. This month, they've shared their story with Project BINK to help spread awareness, and to support diabetes education and research.
View her inspiring story and submit your own at http://community.projectbink.com/vote.
Por tu familia
Our flagship Latino Intiatives program, Por tu familia ("for your family" in English) includes publications on topics ranging from cooking with Latin flair, to be being more physically active, to maintaining a healthy weight as well as a variety of community-based events, workshops and activities which focus on learning more about diabetes and the importance of making healthy food choices and being physically active on a regular basis. To learn more and get your community involved, contact Helene Velazquez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Focusing on the African American community, Live Empowered offers a number of programs including the faith-based Project POWER and Choose to Live, a diabetes awareness toolkit targeting African American women, ages of 35-55. Community-based activities and workshops are also available. To learn more and get your community involved, contact Daphney Quinones at email@example.com.
Our Senior Signature Series targets older adults across the nation. Our goals are to address the needs of this group of constituents and increase the level of awareness about the high prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes among our seniors. To schedule the series or learn more, contact Daphney Quinones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.