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The DFW Step Out Award Goes to…


Mike Brin and Chris Hensley

The DFW Step Out Award goes to Walgreens for their 2015 support!

Chris is the “District Manager, Pharmacy and Retail Operations” with Walgreens.  Walgreens raised $43,000 for the ADA/Step Out in 2015.

“We at the American Diabetes Association of North Texas are so grateful and appreciate all that Walgreens continues to do to help us fulfill our mission. Congratulations to Chris and his entire team for their tremendous support of the DFW Step Out: Walk/Run to Stop Diabetes in 2015.” – Mike Brin


Feature Your Business at The Stars of Texas: Racing Against the Odds

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Imagine goods/services from your business featured at The Stars of Texas: Racing Against the Odds, a premier fund-raising event.  Your donation will be viewed on our website before the event and displayed prominently the day of the event to more than 500 potential customers. The lucky bidder may become your best brand ambassador.  Please be generous and let’s work together to raise funds for research and education.  Contact Roxann Pishnick at 972-392-1181 ext. 6095 or simply send in your item by printing and filling out this form. You can scan and email to or fax to 972-392-1366.

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Congratulations to Jay Novacek, Chair of our Stars of Texas … Racing against the Odds

Congratulations to Jay Novacek, Chair of our Stars of Texas … Racing against the Odds, in being selected to the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team!  The Golden Team honors the best overall career performances in the Super Bowl.

Jay and his wife Amy have been Honorary Chairs of Stars of Texas for the past three years.  From 1991-95, Novacek played in five straight Pro Bowls, and was named NFL Tight End of the Year in 1993. During that stretch, the Cowboys won Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII and XXX. In those championship games, he combined for 148 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Novacek retired from football in 1997. He was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2014. Super Bowl 50 will feature the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers on Feb. 7.

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Stars of Texas … Racing Against the Odds will be held at Lone Star Park on Thursday, April 21, 2016.  Contact Roxann Pishnick or for tickets

Texas Health Resources Live It Up! Health and Wellness Tea

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Tea at Tiffany’s a Diabetes Empowerment Event

Live It Up! Tea fosters a strong support for women affected by diabetes. The tea empowers and inspires women to make healthy choices to prevent diabetes or complications. Research shows moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Women have been the change agent for families— when women adopt positive healthy behaviors, the enre family will benefit. With motivational speakers, health exhibits, vendors, prestigious awards, silent auction, a fashion show, and the coveted Hatude Contest, participants leave motivated to change!

2016 Tea Sponsor Brochure

American Diabetes Association North Texas Announces J.D. Kennedy as Chairman for 2016

McKinney ISD Superintendent J.D. Kennedy (from left); Chaurcley Cook, MISD coordinator of secondary science; Jill Brooks of Raytheon; Elyse Hogan of Raytheon; Steve Fortenberry, MISD chief financial officer; and Nancy Cowlishaw, MISD partners in education specialist, participated in the Raytheon check presentation.

J.D. Kennedy

The American Diabetes Association North Texas has named J.D. Kennedy as chair of its community leadership board.  As chair, J.D. Kennedy will provide leadership and direction to North Texas to support annual ADA goals and objectives. Kennedy has been an active volunteer for the ADA’s North Texas Office since 2012. Kennedy is a retired McKinney ISD superintendent who first became involved with the ADA by spearheading a district-wide School Walk for Diabetes fundraiser.

“It’s become my mission to reduce the childhood obesity in this country,” Kennedy said in an interview this week. “We had been seeing more kids with symptoms for type 2 diabetes. It’s amazing to me that elementary and middle school kids would be developing those symptoms, not to mention type 1 diabetes and its effects on children.”

Kennedy has been an educator for the past 40 years, earning his doctorate in education after attending Baylor University as an undergraduate.

“I bleed green and gold,” he joked.

Kennedy moved to the Dallas area during the 80s and spent 17 years as a superintendent at various districts, including five years in McKinney.

He said his mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and passed away at age 82.

Speaking of his goals as chair, Kennedy said, “Personally there needs to be a focus on educating the public about the effects of diabetes. We need to work on corporate involvement in the DFW Metroplex as is has several national headquarters in the area.”

Kennedy lives with his wife in McKinney and is a grandfather of three.


Do I Have Prediabetes?

The numbers don’t lie—1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes.

With a little exercise and a change in diet, it can be reversed. Let’s face it, there are millions of reasons why we don’t find the time to make healthy lifestyle choices. Kids, jobs, cat videos on the Internet – we’re busy. But whatever your reason, prediabetes is real. So find out if you have prediabetes by taking the test now. You won’t regret it.