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.
Wellness Lives Here
The American Diabetes Association Wellness Lives Here is a free program that offers employers timely resources to promote wellness in the workplace. We are now accepting applications for our Health Champion Designation. This designation is designed for companies and organizations like yours that inspire and encourage culture of wellness. For more information please visit, wellnessliveshere.
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 in July and August, and a school nurse diabetes update will be offered in time for back to school this summer.
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 https://nccd.cdc.gov/DDT_DPRP/Programs.aspx
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 listsing of participating schools here.
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.