Walgreens Continues in the Movement to Stop Diabetes®

Alexandria ,
October 25, 2012

The American Diabetes Association is pleased to announce that Walgreens has reaffirmed its commitment as a National Strategic Partner and will continue to help Stop Diabetes by supporting the Association's type 2 diabetes prevention initiative for consumers called CheckUp America.  The company will support activities designed to help those at highest risk for type 2 diabetes become aware and take action to Stop Diabetes before it starts.  In addition, Walgreens will support the expanded distribution of patient education materials and the development of a transit advertising campaign in select markets to encourage consumers to find out their risk for diabetes. 

The relationship kicks off this November during American Diabetes Month® as Walgreens will be conducting a pin pad donation campaign when a debit or credit card is used for payment at their nearly 8,000 locations across the United States.  Walgreens will also be continuing its commitment to education by participating in select American Diabetes Association EXPOs, which is a free event for the public educating them about healthy eating, active living and changing the future of diabetes.  In addition to its commitment in educating the public, Walgreens will once again be a national sponsor of Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and will also encourage its employees to get out and walk as part of the Walgreens nationwide team for Step Out. 

“Education is crucial for the prevention of type 2 diabetes.  We are excited about our continued collaboration and having Walgreens on board to help us further our mission in stopping this deadly disease,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association.  “Since the alliance was formed in 2011, Walgreens has raised more than $1.6 million for the Association and has helped us reach out to communities with critical information through our educational initiatives.” Nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes.  An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for type 2 diabetes.  Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
 
“Through our commitment to health and wellness for our customers and employees, we have been delighted to help support the American Diabetes Association over the past year in raising critical awareness about type 2 diabetes prevention,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens, president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “We are, once again, committed to continuing our educational and fundraising efforts with the Association in 2013 and are excited to be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes.”

About the American Diabetes Association

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and every 23 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (Association) is the global authority on diabetes and since 1940 has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in 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 provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETESS (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)