Tampa and Southwest Florida

Floridians are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as thousands of people 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.


  • 17 Oct 7:30 AM

    2015 Step Out: Tampa Bay

    Tampa, Florida
    Step Out participants are committed to walk and raise money in this inspirational event not because more than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because they walk among us in our lives and at the event. Register today and join us at Amalie Arena this fall.
  • 14 Nov 8:00 AM

    2nd Annual State College of Florida Community Walk

    Bradenton, Florida
    Organized, coordinated and implemented by local Volunteers – your friends and neighbors – who are passionate and proud to do their part to Stop Diabetes®. Come walk with us this November at State College of Florida's Bradenton Campus and help us take a pro-active role to change the future of diabetes!
  • 10 Apr 6:30 AM

    Southwest Florida Tour de Cure

    Lakewood Ranch, Florida
    Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. Join us as we celebrate 25 years of this event with day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. Come take the Ride of Your Life and sign up today!

Program Info

African American Initiatives

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This community and faith based education programs and workshops aims to increase awareness of the rates of diabetes among African Americans. The initiative educates this audience about the seriousness of diabetes and its complications by teaching the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices and educating those with or at risk for developing diabetes about prevention and management. Educational programs and workshops, such as "I Decide to Fight Diabetes Day at Church" and "Project POWER" are important components of Live Empowered.

For more information, please contact Alisa Barksdale at abarksdale@diabetes.org.

Family Link and Youth

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Learning to live with diabetes does not happen overnight – and our message to parents and children is you do not have to do it alone. Family Link connects families with other families of kids with diabetes. Our goal is to help connect parents with mentors who understand how they are feeling, and through fun and social diabetes education events, offer families an opportunity to learn more about diabetes and meet other families of children with diabetes.

If you would like to be part of our Family Link Program, please contact Alisa Barksdale at abarksdale@diabetes.org.

Safe at School

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The American Diabetes Association is the leading advocate for the rights of children and adults with diabetes. Children spend most of their time at school. The Association provides parents with resources and training modules to help them work with their child's school to create a medically safe learning environment for your child. Parent "Safe at School" workshops are offered twice a year.

For more information, please contact Alisa Barksdale at abarksdale@diabetes.org.

Work Place Prevention

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Stop Diabetes at Work is a program of the American Diabetes Association, which provides the resources for employers to use in the workplace to help employees need to live healthier lives — whether they are working to prevent diabetes or to manage diabetes if they have already been diagnosed. 

For more information on how to get your company involved, please click here.

Volunteer Center

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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.

Find volunteer opportunities in our area through the Volunteer Center.