Chicago Hospitality Workers Learn About Diabetes

June 17, 2013

WHAT: The American Diabetes Association is hosting their 73rd Scientific Sessions®, the largest diabetes conference in the world, in Chicago June 21-25.  As a way of engaging with the Chicago community, the Association will reach out to hospitality employees of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, and other participating hotels, to educate them about diabetes prevention and management.

There will be six interactive educational events, which are supported by Sanofi, and each will include information about diabetes, a discussion about how to improve nutrition and a cooking demonstration to show ways to eat healthy.  To date, over 275 hospitality workers will be in attendance at the events.

WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013

           Hyatt Regency Chicago

           Educational Event: 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

           Press conference: 3 p.m.

WHO: 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.

WHY: Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States.  A quarter of those with diabetes – seven million – do not even know they have it.  An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing 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.



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)