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.

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)