March 10, 2011

American Diabetes Association North Texas Has Gone Social

We have recently launched our blog, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

Whether you want to ‘like‘ us on Facebook, ‘follow‘ us on Twitter, check out our blog, website or watch our videos on YouTube, it’s your choice! Pick your favorite way to stay in touch.

We will be providing updates on local and national events, volunteer opportunities, ways to donate, education on diabetes and much more. Please join us in the fight to find a cure for diabetes.
July 23, 2014

World Diabetes Day is November 14th!

WDD

The World Diabetes Day Committee is pleased to announce the following award winners!

They will be recognized at the 2014 World Diabetes Day Luncheon on November 14th, at Lone Star Park. 

Please Congratulate this year’s Award Winners and plan to attend the Luncheon on November 14th.

 

J. Denis McGarry, - Outstanding Healthcare Professional or Community Advocate

Dr. Joyce Repa, UT Southwestern

 

‘J. Denis McGarry – Outstanding Corporate Partner

Lockheed Martin – Rick Lloyd & Roderick McLean

 

Sylvia & Gary Luskey - Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award

Debbie Gregor, Keller ISD

 

Living Proof Ambassador Awards

Jim West, Tour de Cure Volunteer

 

Congratulations!!!!

July 15, 2014

Women Celebrating and Cycling Together to Stop Diabetes®

The American Diabetes Association Kicks Off their Tour Women’s Series

The American Diabetes Association kicks off their Tour de Cure Women’s Series with two events this year happening in Southern California on Saturday, September 13 and in Northern California on Sunday, October 26. Whether an avid cyclist or just a beginner, the Tour de Cure Women’s Series is a chance to ride in sisterhood to celebrate all women living with diabetes and all those affected by the disease.

The Tour de Cure Women’s Series is the Association’s vision to show the world the passion and commitment that women have to help change the future of diabetes. The Tour Women’s Series is a chance to have an active weekend getaway with friends or family in either Santa Barbara or the San Francisco East Bay area.  Participants will be invited to attend our women-focused Expo and activities where they can meet other women who will be riding in the event. It is a chance to feel empowered, make a difference and even make new friends. Our goal is to get more women on bikes and increase the riding experience and confidence for women, but people of all ages, backgrounds and gender are welcome to ride in support of women’s cycling and the American Diabetes Association’s movement to Stop Diabetes.

Joining this year’s Tour de Cure Women’s Series is Robin Farina, professional cyclist and President, Women’s Cycling Association.  Robin began her cycling career over 10 years ago after graduating from the University of Tennessee and is the 2011 National Road Race Champion and a 2012 Olympic long team member. Robin owns an elite coaching company, RF Training, where she trains cyclists and tri-athletes of all levels. She is also the co-owner of Uptown Cycles in Charlotte, NC, one of the premier bike shop/training centers in the country.

“I am so thrilled to be part of the Tour de Cure Women’s Series this year” said Robin. “The Women’s Cycling Association and I are truly passionate and committed to women in cycling and feel that the women’s series will help encourage women to get involved in cycling and, at the same time, raise critical funds to stop this growing epidemic.”

Of the nearly 30 million children and adults with diabetes in the U.S., 13.4 million of them are women.
While an estimated 21 million Americans have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are unaware that they have the disease.  Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

Special thanks to Primal Wear Jerseys, Kay Jewelers, Go Macro, Dannon® Light & Fit® Greek and the Women’s Cycling Association for sponsoring the Tour de Cure Women’s Series this year.

For more information on the Tour de Cure Women’s Series or to register, please visit diabetes.org/womenstour or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).

- See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/newsroom/press-releases/2014/women-celebrating-and-cycling-together-to-stop-diabetes.html#sthash.QAcraT6B.dpuf

July 15, 2014

American Diabetes Association is Collaborating with Walgreens on its Balance® Rewards Program

I am pleased to announce the American Diabetes Association’s collaboration with Walgreens, a National Strategic Partner of the Association, and its Balance® Rewards program to help further the movement to Stop Diabetes.

Walgreens purpose is to help people get, stay and live well, which inspired the organization to create its Balance® Rewards program. It’s the first loyalty program that rewards consumers for their healthy choices made every day such as walking, running, weight management and testing blood pressure and blood glucose.  In addition, for every person that joins the Balance Rewards program viadiabetes.org/pr-rewards, Walgreens will donate $1 to the American Diabetes Association through December 31, 2014, up to $50,000.

“Walgreens plays an integral role in the advancement of our mission and our movement to Stop Diabetes. Leading a healthy and active lifestyle are key components for those who are at risk for or live with type 2 diabetes,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “We are proud to be collaborating with Walgreens to get the word out about such an exciting program that will not only get people to make better choices, but it will help the Association raise critical funds to help further our movement to stop this deadly disease.”

The year-round relationship with Walgreens and the American Diabetes Association, which kicked off in November during American Diabetes Month®, continues with Walgreens participating in the Association’s educational event – American Diabetes Association EXPO – in seven cities nationwide.  They also help raise awareness about American Diabetes Association Alert Day® by encouraging their customers to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes.  Walgreens also promotes the importance of physical activity by participating in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® events across the country.

Special thanks to Christine Feheley, Managing Director, Communications and the rest of the Marketing Communications team that includes Anna Baker, Senior Manager, Communications/Social Media, Quyen Dinh, Manager, Integrated Marketing, Angela Murray, Associate Director, Field Communications and Christina Schnoor, Manager, eCampaigns for their work in promoting this collaboration. Thanks also to David McShea, Managing Director, Special Events, for guidance related to Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and to Jo Diehl, Director, Client Services for project coordination.

Sincerely,

Nancy Stinson Harris
Vice President, Corporate Alliances & Associate Publisher

July 15, 2014

You’re Invited to the 2014 DFW Step Out Kickoff

Tuesday, August 19th – QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie

Diner, Parking, and minor league game tickets included for FREE
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See the Grand Prairie Air Hogs vs. Laredo Lamurs

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July 15, 2014

Senior Resource Day

Seniors enjoyed resource day at West Dallas Senior Center July 14, 2014.

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July 15, 2014

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF TEXAS DONATES $45,000 TO AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION IN NORTH TEXAS

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX)recently donated $45,000 to the American Diabetes Association in North Texas to promote African-American and Hispanic diabetes education programs in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.

“We are pleased to continue supporting community partners like the American Diabetes Association who share our commitment to the goals of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative,” said Catherine Oliveros, Director, Community Affairs, BCBSTX.  “Through our collaboration, we look forward to seeing measurable improvements in childhood obesity and related chronic conditions, like diabetes.”

The African-American program called Live Empowered includes educational workshops in which people learn to control or prevent diabetes. It also includes an awareness campaign in over 406 churches in Dallas and Fort Worth as well as a health and wellness tea for African-American women.

The Latino program called Por Tu Familia is a fun, activity-based, educational program within a series of four, easy-to-understand workshops available in both English and Spanish. It includes Diabetes Days, which is held in 40 churches throughout Dallas and Fort Worth as well as a health and wellness fair called Feria de Salud. Feria will be held Sept. 20, 2014, in Dallas at Kidd Springs Park, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Together, both programs reach over 100,000 African-Americans and Latinos in the metroplex.

Diabetes is a serious illness that affects Latinos and African Americans in disproportionate numbers: one in two ethnic minority children born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Diabetes is an incurable disease caused by the inability of the body to produce insulin or for cells to absorb it correctly.  As a consequence, abnormal levels of glucose accumulate in the body causing complications.  The complications of diabetes include kidney failure, heart disease, vision deterioration, and lower limb amputations.  Early diagnosis of diabetes helps to control glucose levels, and with the assistance of proper medical care, diet, exercise, insulin and oral medications, the complications of diabetes can be prevented or delayed.

As the largest, most experienced health care benefits company in the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas continues to provide its members with high quality health benefit plans.  The company serves 4.6 million members in all 254 Texas counties, which includes employer groups, individuals and government units.  BCBSTX is well known for its broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products, including medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, and medical management/behavioral health services.

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.

July 15, 2014

Elmquist receives ADA’s 2014 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award

Dr. Joel Elmquist, Director of the Center for Hypothalamic Research at UT Southwestern Medical Center, was awarded the American Diabetes Association’s Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award at the 74th Scientific Sessions last month.

The ADA recognized Dr. Elmquist for his identification of critical signaling events in specific neurons in the brain that underlie the coordinated control of food intake, body weight, and carbohydrate metabolism.

“His work has contributed in major ways toward our understanding of how the nervous system regulates feeding, body weight, and carbohydrate and lipid homeostasis. All of these processes are exceptionally important for our understanding of the causes and for the development of treatments for obesity and type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Philipp Scherer, Director of the Touchstone Center for Diabetes Research at UT Southwestern.

Elmquist

Dr. Elmquist, 47, officially accepted the award at the ADA’s 74th Scientific Sessions June 13-17 in San Francisco. UT Southwestern faculty members who have previously won this award include Dr. Scherer in 2005, and Dr. Roger Unger, Professor of Internal Medicine, in 1964.

“I am truly honored to be selected by the ADA for this award,” said Dr. Elmquist, who lives in Southlake with his wife and two sons.  “It’s been very humbling and also an exciting process. I gave a major lecture to a crowd of 6,000.”

Dr. Elmquist, also Chief of the Division of Hypothalamic Research and Professor of Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, and Psychiatry, has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles on energy homeostasis and its regulation. His study of the pathways that regulate body weight and glucose homeostasis began as a postdoctoral fellow investigating central nervous system targets of the hormone leptin. His work mapping neurons responsive to leptin was among the first in the field.

“Diabetes is very personal for me,” Dr. Elmquist said. “My father and grandparents had it.”

The award is the second of recent honors for Dr. Elmquist. On April 4, he received the NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates Inc. 2014 Mentor Award from the National Postdoctoral Association. That award recognized mentoring, professional development, and career-launching lab opportunities provided to postdoctoral scholars.

“My greatest achievement professionally so far was being able to start the research center from scratch and watching a number of faculty and trainees have success here at UTSW.”

Dr. Elmquist earned his Ph.D. in veterinary anatomy at Iowa State University. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, later accepting a faculty position there and rising to the level of Associate Professor of Medicine and Neurology. In 2006, he joined UT Southwestern as a faculty member.

UT Southwestern Medical Center contributed to this story.

July 10, 2014

American Diabetes Association is Collaborating with Walgreens on its Balance® Rewards Program

I am pleased to announce the American Diabetes Association’s collaboration with Walgreens, a National Strategic Partner of the Association, and its Balance® Rewards program to help further the movement to Stop Diabetes.

Walgreens purpose is to help people get, stay and live well, which inspired the organization to create its Balance® Rewards program. It’s the first loyalty program that rewards consumers for their healthy choices made every day such as walking, running, weight management and testing blood pressure and blood glucose.  In addition, for every person that joins the Balance Rewards program viadiabetes.org/pr-rewards, Walgreens will donate $1 to the American Diabetes Association through December 31, 2014, up to $50,000.

“Walgreens plays an integral role in the advancement of our mission and our movement to Stop Diabetes. Leading a healthy and active lifestyle are key components for those who are at risk for or live with type 2 diabetes,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “We are proud to be collaborating with Walgreens to get the word out about such an exciting program that will not only get people to make better choices, but it will help the Association raise critical funds to help further our movement to stop this deadly disease.”

The year-round relationship with Walgreens and the American Diabetes Association, which kicked off in November during American Diabetes Month®, continues with Walgreens participating in the Association’s educational event – American Diabetes Association EXPO – in seven cities nationwide.  They also help raise awareness about American Diabetes Association Alert Day® by encouraging their customers to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes.  Walgreens also promotes the importance of physical activity by participating in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® events across the country.

Special thanks to Christine Feheley, Managing Director, Communications and the rest of the Marketing Communications team that includes Anna Baker, Senior Manager, Communications/Social Media, Quyen Dinh, Manager, Integrated Marketing, Angela Murray, Associate Director, Field Communications and Christina Schnoor, Manager, eCampaigns for their work in promoting this collaboration. Thanks also to David McShea, Managing Director, Special Events, for guidance related to Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and to Jo Diehl, Director, Client Services for project coordination.

Sincerely,

Nancy Stinson Harris
Vice President, Corporate Alliances & Associate Publisher

July 10, 2014

Would You Like to Coordinate a School Walk to Stop Diabetes?

Would you like to coordinate a School Walk to Stop Diabetes event at a school in your area? Register you’re a school by August 15th to be entered into a drawing for Beats by Dr. Dre In-Ear Headphones.

SchoolWalk to StopDiabetes

Since many students in North Texas attend public and private school establishments, the school environment inevitably plays a large role in their comprehensive health. Each year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with chronic diseases that may be preventable through modifiable behaviors and appropriate medical care. With the rate of students and school employees diagnosed with diabetes rapidly increasing, a surge in obesity, the acknowledgement of pre‐diabetes as a health priority, and the devastating effects of diabetes complications, there is an urgent need for targeted prevention and management efforts, effective information about the seriousness of diabetes, its risk factors, populations at greater risk and ways to help manage the disease is essential.

 

We can achieve these preventative measures by hosting a SchoolWalk to Stop Diabetes at schools in North Texas. School Walk to Stop Diabetes is an educational school fundraising program that promotes healthy living, school spirit and community involvement while raising money for diabetes research, education, and advocacy through the American Diabetes Association. If you are interested in being a School Walk Coordinator, Contact Sandy Peters, speters@diabetes.org (972)-392-1181 x6030.

July 10, 2014

Women Celebrating and Cycling Together to Stop Diabetes®

The American Diabetes Association kicks off their Tour de Cure Women’s Series with two events this year happening in Southern California on Saturday, September 13 and in Northern California on Sunday, October 26. Whether an avid cyclist or just a beginner, the Tour de Cure Women’s Series is a chance to ride in sisterhood to celebrate all women living with diabetes and all those affected by the disease.

The Tour de Cure Women’s Series is the Association’s vision to show the world the passion and commitment that women have to help change the future of diabetes. The Tour Women’s Series is a chance to have an active weekend getaway with friends or family in either Santa Barbara or the San Francisco East Bay area.  Participants will be invited to attend our women-focused Expo and activities where they can meet other women who will be riding in the event. It is a chance to feel empowered, make a difference and even make new friends. Our goal is to get more women on bikes and increase the riding experience and confidence for women, but people of all ages, backgrounds and gender are welcome to ride in support of women’s cycling and the American Diabetes Association’s movement to Stop Diabetes.

Joining this year’s Tour de Cure Women’s Series is Robin Farina, professional cyclist and President, Women’s Cycling Association.  Robin began her cycling career over 10 years ago after graduating from the University of Tennessee and is the 2011 National Road Race Champion and a 2012 Olympic long team member. Robin owns an elite coaching company, RF Training, where she trains cyclists and tri-athletes of all levels. She is also the co-owner of Uptown Cycles in Charlotte, NC, one of the premier bike shop/training centers in the country.

“I am so thrilled to be part of the Tour de Cure Women’s Series this year” said Robin. “The Women’s Cycling Association and I are truly passionate and committed to women in cycling and feel that the women’s series will help encourage women to get involved in cycling and, at the same time, raise critical funds to stop this growing epidemic.”

Of the nearly 30 million children and adults with diabetes in the U.S., 13.4 million of them are women.
While an estimated 21 million Americans have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are unaware that they have the disease.  Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

Special thanks to Primal Wear Jerseys, Kay Jewelers, Go Macro, Dannon® Light & Fit® Greek and the Women’s Cycling Association for sponsoring the Tour de Cure Women’s Series this year.

For more information on the Tour de Cure Women’s Series or to register, please visit diabetes.org/womenstour or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).

- See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/newsroom/press-releases/2014/women-celebrating-and-cycling-together-to-stop-diabetes.html#sthash.8wk0d1fn.dpuf

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