THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES A BOLD NEW ATTACK AGAINST THE GROWING THREAT OF DIABETES

Alexandria,
April 2, 2007

In order to keep pace with the growing number of Americans with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) invites communities nationwide to Step Out to Fight Diabetes in their brand new fund-raising walk. Registration opens on April 2 at diabetes.org/stepout.

Formerly known as America’s Walk for Diabetes, Step Out to Fight Diabetes is a one-day walk in more than 200 cities this fall. With 20 million Americans living with diabetes, ADA created Step Out to Fight Diabetes as an aggressive attack against the disease—and a cry of hope for those affected by it.


“Step Out to Fight Diabetes has a wide appeal and a fresh look,” said Darlene Cain, Chair of the Board. “With so many Americans affected by diabetes, we want to reach out to them, educate them and bring a new generation of people into the ADA family. Working together is the only way we will find a cure for this disease.”


At a Step Out to Fight Diabetes event, routes range from two to six miles and are accessible to people of all ages and levels of mobility. Along the walk, participants are supported by volunteers offering water, snacks, entertainment and encouragement. The event draws a large contingency of individuals and teams, comprised of families, friends and corporations, all walking and raising money in support of ADA.


National sponsors of the event include Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup, Diet Rite and Kmart Pharmacy. All funds raised from Step Out to Fight Diabetes are used in support of the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.


Diabetes is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States. Since 1987 the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45 percent, while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke, and cancer have declined. Due to the fact that diabetes manifests itself in two types, Type 1 and Type 2, the disease is often misunderstood by the public.


To be a part of the cure, visit diabetes.org/stepout or call 1-888-DIABETES. Step Out to Fight Diabetes offers an exciting event experience for volunteers, participants and all those who enjoy the feeling of being part of a community.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.