The American Diabetes Association Kicks Off Annual American Diabetes Month®

Alexandria,
November 1, 2012

Today, the American Diabetes Association launches American Diabetes Month® with a host of online and offline activities designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and those who live with it each and every day.

“Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes®. It is our responsibility to ensure that our youth have the right guidance and resources to get healthy,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “It is through our awareness activities surrounding American Diabetes Month that we hope to call greater attention to this epidemic that is facing our nation.”

We have major events happening nationwide:

• Facebook Photo Mosaic with CVS/pharmacy®:  The Association is asking people to upload images that represent what A Day in the Life of Diabetes means to them at facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation.  For every photo uploaded, CVS/pharmacy will donate $1 to the Association, up to $25,000.

• Large-scale Outdoor Mosaic Projection: The images uploaded to the mosaic on the Association’s Facebook page will be projected on the interior of Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13 and 14, coinciding with World Diabetes Day.

“Today, nearly 26 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes and an additional 79 million have prediabetes,” said Geralyn Spollett, MSN, ANP-CS, CDE, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association. “This month, we hope to raise the profile of this insidious disease in the hearts and minds of people here at home, and around the globe.”

“Every day in our pharmacies, we help patients with diabetes and caregivers on their path to better health,” said Papatya Tankut, RPh, VP Pharmacy Professional Services, CVS/pharmacy. “We are proud to be a part of an inspiring campaign that draws attention to the challenges people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes face on a daily basis.” 

American Diabetes Month is sponsored by the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes® savings program, a free offering that provides exclusive savings, prescription management services, recipes, and pharmacist tips developed exclusively for those living with the disease as well as their caregivers.  To sign up and learn more, visit www.CVS.com/diabetes.

Additionally, a number of corporate supporters will join the Association in its efforts this month including: The Biggest Loser Resorts®, Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly, Bumble Bee Foods, Boar’s Head, Catherines, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Merisant makers of Equal® and Pure Via®, Medtronics, Novo Nordisk, Nutrisystem®D®, Rite Aid Pharmacies,  Sanofi, Slimming World and Walgreens.

To learn more and submit your photo,visit facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation.

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.