Tampa and Southwest Florida
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.
That is why the American Diabetes Association's Southwest Florida office is committed to educating the public about how to stop diabetes and support those living with the disease.
We are here to help.
Diabetes Prevention Program
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.
To find a program near you, visit the Nation Diabetes Prevention Program website.
The Morning Mile®
The Morning Mile® is a before-school walking and running program that gives children the chance to start each day in an active way while enjoying fun, music, and friends! Participating children enjoy the benefits of a healthy body, how exercise makes them feel, and the opportunity to socialize with friends. The Association has launched a collaborative partnership with Fitzness International, LLC. to broaden the reach while adding a nutrition and education component. In Southwest Florida, currently, 30 schools are actively engaging with The Morning Mile through the support of Florida Hospital and BayCare. See the full listing of participating schools here.
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 at 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.
Contact your local office at 1-888-DIABETES (888-342-2383) or read about ways you can volunteer.