Stop Diabetes Initiative

The American Diabetes Association's Stop Diabetes Initiative (SDI) aims to educate and empower families to take ownership of their health, increase their knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices and use available resources to prevent diabetes and the serious complications of diabetes.

Participation in the Stop Diabetes Initiative is FREE! The Association is currently partnering with individuals affected by type 2 diabetes and their families, health providers, employers, pharmacies and schools in South Snohomish County to increase awareness of the risks for type 2 diabetes, preventing diabetes and related complications, and improving confidence in diabetes self-management.

Stop Diabetes FmailyIndividuals and/or families who live, work or attend school in South Snohomish County and have one or more family members enrolled in the Association's free Living with Type 2 Diabetes program are invited to participate. Enrolled individuals and their family members (adults and children), including those not affected by diabetes, are eligible to participate in free workshops and access free resources available through the Stop Diabetes Initiative.

Employers registered in the Stop Diabetes @ Work program are invited to attend the Stop Diabetes Awards Breakfast in November. Note: priority seating will be available for employers located in South Snohomish County.

South Snohomish County (Washington State) includes the cities of Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Brier and Woodway. Download the Stop Diabetes Initiative brochure for more information.

Stop Diabetes Initiative Events

  • Educational workshops led by diabetes experts (see below)
  • Cooking classes
  • Grocery store tour
  • Walking group
  • Access to great local resources
  • Support from those who understand

Walking Group

Having others to be active with makes it more enjoyable. The SDI Walking Group meets twice a week at a variety of different locations throughout South Snohomish County. We've explored wooded trails and walked on paved paths at neighborhood parks. This is a great way to do something positive for your health with a fun and supportive group.

Workshop Series

Join us for a series of fun, interactive workshops led by diabetes experts. Healthy snacks will be provided at each workshop. Children 5 years and over are welcome to attend and will enjoy separate activities focusing on healthy habits.

Registration is now open for the 2015 Fall/Winter workshop series that begins in September.

Location: All workshops are held at The Verdant Community Wellness Center (4710 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036).

To sign-up for the workshop series, please contact Lynne Armstead, or 206-300-3343.

Stop Diabetes @ Work

Diabetes accounts for 15 million work days absent, 120 million work days reduced performance, six million reduced productivity days for those not in the work place, and an additional 107 million work days lost due to unemployment disability attributed to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures that are approximately 2.3 times higher than those without diabetes.

The Association partners with Northwest employers to provide access to on-site health education and resources to detect, prevent, and manage diabetes in the workplace. More than 10,000 employees have benefited from this workplace program. For more information about the Stop Diabetes @ Work program, please contact us.

Living with Type 2 Diabetes

"You have diabetes" is a statement that 1.7 million Americans will be stunned by this year alone. The Living with Type 2 Diabetes program is designed to provide free resources to individuals that are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes and for caregivers of those with type 2 diabetes.

Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes? Take the Risk Test!

For more information about Stop Diabetes Initiative events or to register, please contact Lynne Armstead, MPH at or 206-300-3343.

The Stop Diabetes Initiative is made possible with support from the Verdant Health Commission.

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