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.


Program Info

American Diabetes Month

American Diabetes Month, takes place each November, it's designed to focus the nation's attention on issues surrounding diabetes and the people who are impacted. This year's theme, "Eat Well, America!" can show our nation how easy and joyful healthy eating can be. Download American Diabetes Month tools and resources for your company or organization at www.diabetes.org/adm.

For more information about American Diabetes Month activites in Southwest Florida, please contact our local office at 813-885-5007.

Healthy Sarasota Week
We have collaborated with LECOM & the Sarasota community for the first annual Healthy Sarasota Week. Join our call to action to increase awareness by providing events for citizens and businesses to make critical healthy life changes. All Sarasota Week actives are free, please reserve your spot today!

I Decide to Stop Diabetes (ID Day)
In concert with the other American Diabetes Month activities, churches across the country are engaging their communities in celebration of ID Day at Church, a nationwide movement to Stop Diabetes®.

African American Initiatives

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

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

Family Link and Youth

Learning to live with diabetes does not happen overnight – our message to parents and children is you don't 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

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

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.


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