CO-WORKERS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS HELP STOP DIABETES

Triangle Residents Make Every Step Count as They Join the Movement to Stop Diabetes

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Story Updated: Aug 18, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.diabetes.org/stepoutnorthhills

Raleigh, NC (August 17, 2011) -- This year, more than 1300 area residents will come together to join the movement to Stop DiabetesSM at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on October 15, 2011 at North Hills Mall in Raleigh, the one-day signature fundraising walk benefiting the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Every dollar raised through Step Out plays an important role in supporting the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

“Diabetes is a devastating disease that touches us all,” said Jim Straight, Executive Director of the ADA in Eastern North Carolina  “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is such a wonderful event for friends and co-workers to come together and help change the future of diabetes.  The camaraderie and spirit that is enjoyed by participating in this event is priceless.”

Today, there are nearly 24 million Americans who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 5.7 million people are unaware that they have the disease. In North Carolina alone, 1.2 million people have diabetes or prediabetes. If present trends continue, one in three Americans, and 1 in 2 minorities, born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. 

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is an event for the whole family, or for anyone who enjoys the feeling of being part of a community. It’s an event for those who want to join the Association’s family and help change the future of diabetes.  National sponsors include Cary's® Sugar Free Syrup, Equal® 0 Calorie Sweetener, and PureVia® All Natural Zero Calorie Sweetener, Hill and Valley and Walmart Foundation (national sponsor of Step Out and the Red Strider Program). Local Sponsors include Novo Nordisk, LabCorp, Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina, K&L Gates, Williams Mullen, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, Kelley Drye, Ciber, Accenture, Poyner & Spruill, Wake Med, Lilly and Capstrat. Together we can stop diabetes. One step at a time. To register, volunteer or find out more information, please visit www.diabetes.org/stepoutnorthhills or call 1-888-DIABETES.

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. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish

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