The American Diabetes Association Kicks Off the 6th Annual I Decide to Stop Diabetes Campaign to Reduce the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Communities of Color

Alexandria, Virginia
November 13, 2015

During American Diabetes Month®, the American Diabetes Association® (Association), is continuing its efforts to reduce health disparities and Stop Diabetes® through the power of community in minority groups through the annual I Decide to Stop Diabetes (ID Day) campaign.

The campaign asks faith and community-based organizations to encourage their members to take the pledge and download the Association's new and FREE e-toolkit in English and Spanish to start living well. The tool offers numerous resources to help people prevent and manage their diabetes. It includes downloadable educational factsheets, posters, sample press materials to promote the campaign, bulletin inserts and flyers to use at local events, sample digital banners, and much more. To download the resources, visit diabetes.org/idday.

Today, nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. are living with diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes, putting them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Because minority populations are disproportionately affected by diabetes, increasing awareness and access to education are key in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.

"Diabetes is a growing epidemic in America and globally. Yet, it does not have to be this way. Type 2 diabetes can be a preventable and controllable disease," said Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, President, Medicine and Science, American Diabetes Association. "During American Diabetes Month, we are encouraging communities to join the I Decide to Stop Diabetes campaign. We ask everyone to encourage a friend or loved one to join them in taking steps to prevent or manage diabetes by engaging in regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet, monitoring blood sugar levels as appropriate and taking medications as prescribed. Change starts with support and accountability. Together, we can work 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 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)