SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Visionworks and Davis Vision are participating in the American Diabetes Association's (Association) Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes for the second year. On Saturday, November 5, 2016 the eyewear retailer and managed vision care provider will continue their support of the Association's walks by enlisting associates to promote the importance of healthy vision for people living with diabetes at their station located at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Additionally, walk participants can pick up informational materials and special promotional coupons at Visionworks Healthy Vision Station.
"Last year, we had several teams participating across the country to raise money and awareness for diabetes in their local communities. This year, we're taking it a step further and encouraging our employees and their families, company vendors, friends, and neighbors to join the cause and support our teams in their fundraising efforts in Philadelphia," said Jim Eisen, president and CEO of HVHC Inc., and president of Visionworks. "We like that Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes is a fun, healthy event that brings co-workers and their families together outside of work to help the American Diabetes Association stop diabetes and it's a cause our team is passionate about."
Visionworks and Davis Vision's goals are to educate and encourage both children and adults to get annual eye exams in an effort to protect their eyes and overall health. According to the American Diabetes Association, the leading cause of blindness in working-age American adults is diabetes. However, most people do not realize that a yearly eye exam is a critical component to regular diabetes care.
"This year, we are celebrating 25 years of our Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes events, which support our ongoing efforts to improve the lives of people with diabetes through research, advocacy and education," said the American Diabetes Association Chief Development and Stewardship Officer Corey Gordon. "Our goal is to help the more than 29 million Americans living with diabetes, and the nearly 86 million Americans living with prediabetes. Thank you, Visionworks and Davis Vision, for your continued participation in Step Out and helping us share this valuable message—annual eye exams are critical to diabetes care."
Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes in Philadelphia is providing a fun 5K walk or timed 5K run in addition to the day's festivities. Meet at the steps at of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the fundraising accomplishments of participating teams, walkers, and runners as well as an opportunity to promote awareness, health, and wellness about diabetes in the local community of Philadelphia. There will be sunrise yoga as the perfect pre-run and pre-walk warm up. Register online at stepout.diabetes.org/ to support the millions of Americans living with diabetes.
At the 20 locations in the Philadelphia area, Visionworks maintains a large selection of eyewear to promote healthy sight such as UV-treated lenses, polycarbonate impact-resistant lenses, polarized sun lenses, flexible frames, and Optomap ultra-wide digital retinal imaging system.
About the American Diabetes Association
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, the Association's 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 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).
Visionworks is a leading provider of eye care services with more than 700 optical retail stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Visionworks is committed to providing our customers with an excellent shopping experience and high quality products and services with the best value and selection in the industry. All of our stores offer famous fashion brands and our own exclusive brand frames, lenses, sunglasses and accessories along with leading technology in vision correction. Our comprehensive service offerings include contact lens dispensing, in-store labs which provide one-hour service on many prescriptions at many locations and doctors of optometry at or next to every store. Visionworks also sells contact lenses online at visionworkscontacts.com. Visionworks is a wholly owned subsidiary of HVHC, Inc. For more information about Visionworks, visit www.visionworks.com.
About Davis Vision
Davis Vision's unique benefit structure through its state-of-the-art labs, comprehensive provider network, key retail partnerships and exclusive collection of frames is why they are trusted by over 22 million members. Davis Vision members have access to a nationwide provider network of optometrists, ophthalmologists and dispensing locations at more than 55,000 points of access across the U.S. For more information about Davis Vision, visit www.DavisVision.com.
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