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

Nov 13, 2015, 11:32 ET from American Diabetes Association

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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

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 minority populations. 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."

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. For the past 75 years, 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 (800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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SOURCE American Diabetes Association