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.


  • 10 Jun 6:00 PM

    Getting to know the American Diabetes Association

    Tampa, Florida
    We are inviting all volunteers, committee members and new friends to find out more about our organization. Light refreshments & snacks provided.
  • 13 Jun 10:00 AM

    American Diabetes Association Tour & Mission Meeting

    Sarasota, Florida
    We need a few good men and women to donate time and talents in order to expand our reach and help all those affected by diabetes! Light refreshments & snacks provided.
  • 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 nearly 30 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.

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.