American Diabetes Association and Meijer Join Forces to Stop Diabetes®

September 5, 2012

The American Diabetes Association (Association), the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in the fight to Stop Diabetes®, is pleased to announce that Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, has signed a five-year agreement as a regional sponsor of the Association’s Stop Diabetes Movement.

Meijer is a family-owned company that has a strong tradition of supporting the communities where its customers and team members work and live.

Meijer will support the Stop Diabetes movement by sponsoring key Association activities in the retailer’s five–state region: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Activities include but are not limited to Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, Diabetes Camps and Live EMPOWERED. In addition, the company will provide its customers with diabetes educational information from the Association.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Meijer and increase our efforts to Stop Diabetes,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “It is with sponsors, such as Meijer, that we are able to extend our outreach and vision to bring awareness to the communities we serve every day.”

“From healthy foods to athletic gear and exercise equipment to pharmacy services, Meijer is committed to providing healthy living solutions to our customers storewide,” said Karen Mankowski, vice president pharmacy operations for Meijer. “This partnership with the American Diabetes Association is just one more way Meijer is helping keep our customers’ health top-of-mind.”

This collaboration is the latest initiative that Meijer has launched in the fight against diabetes. In November, Meijer launched a chain-wide effort to increase its pharmacy expertise by training more than 200 pharmacists as diabetes specialists. In 2010, Meijer began offering the most commonly prescribed treatment for type 2 diabetes, called metformin, at no cost to those with a prescription.

Stop Diabetes is the American Diabetes Association’s movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on the lives of millions of individuals across our nation. Its goal is to inspire and mobilize the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around our cause and our call to “share, act, learn and give.” Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 199 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at Follow Meijer on Twitter or become a fan at

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)