March 10, 2011

American Diabetes Association North Texas Community News, Updates and More!

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August 27, 2015


American Diabetes Association – North Texas Office  is accepting application for the Community Health Worker Certification class. The DSHS certified training program consists of 160 hours of instruction via classroom and service placement.

Location: 4100 Alpha Road, Suite 100 Dallas, Texas 75244

Days: Thursdays 5:30p-9:30pm, Saturdays 8:30a—4:30pm

(Classes conclude December 12, 2015)

Cost: $500 (payment plan available)

Register: Send contact info to

Contact: Sherry D. Hill, Director of Education

American Diabetes Association, North Texas Area Office

972.392.1181 x6097

Click the Fall Classes_2015  link for more details!

This course will be taught in English.

August 27, 2015

Little Joe Y La Familia Will Perform at Feria de Salud

Oak Cliff Health Festival raises awareness about diabetes

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Five-time Grammy Award winner and Tejano recording artist Little Joe Hernandez and his band, La Familia, will perform live at Feria de Salud sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Saturday Sept. 19 at Kidd Springs Park in Oak Cliff.

Little Joe was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes six years ago and has been touring the country in order to raise awareness about the disease, especially among Latinos.

“We are honored to bring Little Joe y La Familia to Dallas-Ft. Worth, not only to help raise awareness about diabetes prevention, but to let our community know that even with diabetes thousands of people, like Little Joe, can manage their condition and lead happy successful lives,” said Catherine Oliveros, director of community investments at Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Research shows that one in two Latinos will develop diabetes in their lifetime, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Feria de Salud will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Little Joe y La Familia performing at noon and signing autographs after the performance.

More than 2,000 Dallas residents are expected to attend. The health fair is sponsored by Texas Health Resources and Novo Nordisk and features free health screenings including diabetes, cholesterol, vision, dental, foot and blood pressure.

“I am very excited about the event, and I think it’s a great event for the Oak Cliff community,” said Esteban Mojica, co-chair.  “This is an event that brings unity and outreach all in one.” Over 500,000 North Texas residents have diabetes. Diabetes is a serious illness that disproportionately affects Latinos. One in seven Latinos has diabetes in comparison to one in 20 non-Latino whites.

Participants will be able to attend bilingual education workshops focused on diabetes prevention and management.  “It’s important to know your risk for diabetes,” said Gina Perales Hethcock, communications director for the ADA North Texas. “Type 2 diabetes is preventable. But if you are diagnosed with diabetes, it’s critically important that you be able to manage it with healthy food and exercise.”

There will also be plenty of fun and prizes! The Feria de Salud’s entertainment will feature music by Latin House Krew.  The kids’ zone, sponsored by YMCA and the City of Dallas, will feature a rock-climbing wall, bounce house and face painting. This year’s event will also include an FC Dallas appearance, sponsored by Novo Nordisk. The Latino Culinary Institute will be conducting a food demonstration and providing healthy snacks, while Famisalud will teach about which foods are good for you.

Health screenings will be offered by Walgreens, Dallas Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center, Carter Blood Care, Prevent Blindness Texas, Parkland, and Women’s Specialty Center. Media sponsors are Univision Television and Radio.

For information about Feria de Salud, visit

For information about diabetes, please call 1-888-DIABETES, or visit

August 27, 2015

North Texas Giving Day


The American Diabetes Association is participating in North Texas Giving Day. Help us Stop Diabetes on Sept. 17!

North Texas Giving Day  is an online campaign (6AM – Midnight) event that provides non-profits the opportunity to gain exposure to – and start relationships with – new donors and for people in North Texas to come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. In just 6 years North Texas giving Day has pumped more than $86 million into the North Texas community. 

For more information go to

August 18, 2015

Hanging with ADA’s new CEO!

Lew Alexander (left) and Jim Cadorrette (center) CEO Kevin Hagen (right)

Lew Alexander (left) and Jim Cadorrette (center) CEO Kevin Hagen (right)

Lew Alexander and Jim Cadorrette, members of the Tour de Cure DFW 2016 committee, rubbed elbows with the ADA’s recently hired CEO Kevin Hagen last week at Colorado’s Tour de Cure. Hagen said at the event, “I’m not a cyclist . . . yet.”

August 18, 2015

It is simple. Join the game. Improve your health!

Offered by Methodist Health System and designed by Fitness Interactive Experience:


A Step Ahead: Alien Invasion is a no cost 6-week game that tracks steps, diet and exercise along with additional daily challenges.

It is developed by video game designers, and brings a thrilling story to life in which your activity and steps help you escape an army of alien invaders chasing after you. This is not just “another steps challenge.”

Be a part of this socially connected, team-based experience that includes leaderboards, activity feeds, group chats, and a lot of fun while improving your health and well-being.

The goal: Escape the advancing aliens through daily steps and health activities.
The aliens are closing in and the challenge begins on September 14th.

Team size 5 – 15

Registration is open!

To join or start a team, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Select ‘Create An Account’
  3. When prompted, enter Group Code: US_MHS_ADA

We think this will be a great way to have fun and get fit.

May the best team win!


August 17, 2015

New Diabetes Fighter Joins ADA North Texas

Last week we posted this picture on our Facebook:

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Yes a new diabetes hero has joined our forces to fight diabetes. His name is J.R. May he started June 15, 2015, as the manager for School Walk to Stop Diabetes.  For the past two years he was an elementary P.E. teacher and before that a special education aide. Welcome J.R.!

August 17, 2015

Save the Date! Register Now!

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’s Feria de Salud Health Festival will be Sept. 19th at Kidd Springs Park. Please fill out the info above and email or fax back at 972-392-1366. And please share!

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Some highlights:

  • Event presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and sponsored by Texas Health Resources
  • We expect 2,000 people
  • FC Dallas Soccer Player will be on hand for two hours (we don’t know who it will be yet)
  • Educational classes including nutrition presented by FamiSalud
  • Cooking demo by Lydia Gonzales from the Latino Culinary Institute
  • Climbing wall for kids and grown ups
  • Family fun walk around the lake sponsored by NovoNordisk
  • Vendors and non-profits
  • Screening including glucose, blood pressure, vision, cholesterol and foot
  • Entertainment presented by Clear Channel’s Latin House Krew
  • BCBS Blue Bear
  • YMCA activities
  • Giveaway and prizes


Check out our FB page at


August 17, 2015

Success with ADA and Our Partners at the FC Dallas Game

Check out the ADA along with its partners Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Novo Nordisk at the FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy game!

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August 13, 2015

How to Stop Diabetes® Through Advocacy!

Join the American Diabetes Association® Friday, October 2 in San Antonio or Friday, October 9 in Dallas for a fun workshop on how to Stop Diabetes® through Advocacy!

You can register for the San Antonio workshop here, or the Dallas workshop here. These free events will cover:

  • Legislation that makes a difference in the lives of  people with diabetes
  • How to get federal and state laws passed
  • Becoming a trusted source on diabetes with your elected officials
  • How to have successful meetings with elected officials
  • Resources available to you free of charge
  • Texas-specific information relevant to diabetes issues

Advocacy is a powerful tool in the fight to Stop Diabetes® this is a great opportunity for people with diabetes and those who care for people with diabetes to learn how to be an empowered Diabetes Advocate.

Choose one of two dates:

San Antonio Diabetes Advocate Workshop

WHEN: Friday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Plaza Club San Antonio, 100 W. Houston – Suite 2100, San Antonio, TX 78205


Dallas Diabetes Advocate Workshop

WHEN: Friday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: 4099 McEwen Rd., Suite 660, Dallas, TX 75244

Click here to register for the Oct. 2 San Antonio training, or click here for the Oct. 9 Dallas training. There is no charge to attend this event, parking is free and lunch will be provided. After registering, you will receive information about the parking.

Please register by September 25.

If you have questions about registration or the event, email Veronica De La Garza at

We look forward to seeing you on either October 2 or October 9.

Veronica De La Garza
Texas Advocacy Director
American Diabetes Association

August 6, 2015

Research Topic: Kidney disease

In 2011, 228,924 Americans were living on chronic dialysis or with a kidney transplant due to diabetes-related kidney failure.

Research supported by the American Diabetes Association is investigating what causes kidney disease in people with diabetes. Recently, the Association convened a consensus conference of experts focused on chronic kidney disease in people with diabetes. The consensus report was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Diabetes Care, and the outcomes from the conference are currently being leveraged to advance the field and address unmet needs through a targeted research initiative. Grants funded through this initiative are studying how kidney disease increases the risk of hypoglycemia, determining how the kidney tissue changes during chronic kidney disease, and examining whether limited oxygen supply to the kidney in diabetes leads to chronic kidney disease. The goal of these and other kidney-related studies is to provide optimal treatment and prevention strategies for both diabetes and kidney disease.


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