The American Diabetes Association Promotes Diabetes Prevention and Advocacy at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference

Alexandria, Virginia
September 18, 2013

The American Diabetes Association (Association) is proud to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), the premier conference on legislative and policy issues impacting the African American community. In alignment with the theme of this year’s conference: It Starts With You, the Association will offer educational resources to help prevent diabetes and encourage conference participants to get involved in the fight to Stop Diabetes®.

Diabetes strikes the African American community at an alarming rate, and is one of the most serious health problems affecting this population. In an effort to reduce the burden of this disease, the Association, along with special celebrity guests, comedian and Tom Joyner Radio Host, J  Anthony Brown, and WMMJ Majic 102.3 Midday Radio Host, Cortney Hicks will present: Diabetes – Now That You Know, What Will You Do? This educational session will provide simple tips and tools for individuals to improve their own health and invite participants to take the next step in changing the trajectory of the diabetes epidemic by getting involved in local and national diabetes advocacy efforts.

During CBCF’s ALC, the Association welcomes all conference participants as well as members of the public to participate in the free session to learn about the positive impact diabetes prevention and advocacy can have on the individual, the African American community and the nation as a whole. The session will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 1:30pm; registration is free and open to the public, onsite at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The Association is dedicated to ending health disparities among high risk populations. To address the growing instances of diabetes in the African American community, the Association’s Live Empowered African American Programs offer a wealth of educational resources, dedicated to raising awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and its complications among this population.

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. Since 1940, our mission has been 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 Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.