ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes Association (Association) has teamed up with 46 current, former, and top draft pick professional football players representing all 32 teams for Team Tackle. Details about the new campaign will be announced during a press conference on Capitol Hill featuring 34 Team Tackle players, the co-chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus and the Association's leading patient advocates.
Who: Team Tackle members from across the nation, including Dont'a Hightower, Mike Golic, Lorenzo Alexander and Duane Brown (Team Captain)
Senate Diabetes Caucus Co-Chair U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
American Diabetes Association Leadership and Patient Advocates:
Kevin L. Hagan, CEO, American Diabetes Association
Margaret Powers, PhD, RD, CDE, President, Health Care and Education, American Diabetes Association
Gina Gavlak, National Advocacy Chair, American Diabetes Association
Michelle Foster, member of the National Advocacy Committee, American Diabetes Association
Aidan Dine, patient advocate, 11-year old boy with type 1 diabetes
What: The official kick-off of Team Tackle, the Association's newest initiative to draw attention to America's fastest growing chronic disease over the past 20 years—diabetes. Immediately following the event, Team Tackle members, Association leadership and advocates will visit with members of Congress to discuss the importance of diabetes prevention, treatment and research.
Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center SVC-215
When: Thursday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT
More: Select Team Tackle players and patient advocates will be available for media interviews from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. by request only. Team Tackle players in addition to those listed above may be available.
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, our mission has been 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 sources is available in English and Spanish.
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SOURCE American Diabetes Association