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.
May 21, 2015

Board Highlight

JanuariJanuari Lewis is a pharmacy director for Walgreens and President-Elect for the American Diabetes Association Leadership Board of North Texas. We had a chance to interview her recently.

How did you get involved with the ADA?

About 6 or 7 years ago I was approached to do a scannable campaign to purchase for $1 (at the cash register of Walgreen stores.)  This is back before Walgreen’s was doing it nationwide. In two weeks we raised $20,000.  The next year we decided to take it market wide and run it for an entire month. Now it’s a companywide initiative.

About 30 percent of the patients I care for are affected by diabetes. And it actually becomes more personal – my Pomeranian developed diabetes succumbed to it last June.

Where are you from?

Originally from Dallas. Born and raised.

What would you like to see more of this year as far as ADA goals?

More money raised. I would like to see more grassroots outreach effort. Everyone knows someone affected by diabetes and can bring people to the fold to spread awareness.

What is your favorite part about being a volunteer with the Ada?

There are so many good parts. I like to see many people of all different walks coming together to make a difference with a common connection.

May 21, 2015

The United Family® of Stores to Help Raise Funds for Diabetes Research, Education and Patient Support

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The United Family® of stores in West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth and New Mexico today announced an in-store promotion offering guests the opportunity to raise funds to increase diabetes awareness and ultimately end the disease.

From May 20 – June 3, guests at all United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos and Albertsons Market stores can help end diabetes by adding a donation of $1 or more at checkout, with proceeds benefiting diabetes research, education and patient support in their local communities. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 29 million people suffer from diabetes in the U.S. with more than 8 million undiagnosed.

Funds raised in each community will go to the following organizations respectively:

 Abilene – Hendrick Health System Diabetes Program

 Amarillo – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Amarillo

 Dallas-Fort Worth – American Diabetes Association of North Texas

 Lubbock – American Diabetes Association

 Midland-Odessa – American Diabetes Association

 New Mexico – Eastern New Mexico Medical Center Diabetes Program

 San Angelo – Shannon Medical Center

 Wichita Falls – United Regional Health Care System Diabetes Program


“Diabetes continues to be one of the leading causes of death among Americans,” said Robin Hawkins, MS, RD, LD, health and wellness director for The United Family. “The United Family is committed to health and wellness in our communities, and we encourage guests to join us in this effort by making donations to help end diabetes and by using in-store resources to make nutritious selections.”

Guests of Market Street stores can also sign up for Easy Diabetes in-store shopping tours by visiting These free tours are hosted by dietitians and educate attendees on foods that help improve glucose levels and foods to avoid. The tours are designed to help guests make healthier selections when grocery shopping, aid in the management of blood sugar, understand carbohydrates and how they impact blood glucose, and reduce risk of diabetes-related complications.

About The United Family® In its 99th year of operation, United Supermarkets, LLC – d.b.a. The United Family® – is a Texas-based grocery chain with stores in 36 communities in West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth and New Mexico. A self-distributing company with headquarters in Lubbock and distribution centers in Lubbock and Roanoke, The United Family currently operates 67 stores under five unique banners: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express, along with ancillary operations R.C. Taylor Distributing, Praters and Llano Logistics. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albertson’s LLC. For more information, please visit

May 21, 2015

How Quest Diagnostics Celebrated National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day

Quest Diagnostics celebrated national Get Fit Don’t Sit earlier this month with various activities throughout the day. Take a look!

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May 13, 2015

Volunteers needed for the 2015 DFW Tour de Cure!

On Saturday, June 20th, cyclists from all over North Texas and beyond will gather at Texas Motor Speedway to participate in the 2015 DFW Tour de Cure! Our goal this year is to raise $700,000 to support diabetes research, education and advocacy. To make this event the best it can be we will need a small army of energetic and caring people. We can’t do it without you!

To sign up or get more information, please visit the DFW Tour de Cure Volunteer page at and complete our online registration form. Training will be provided prior to or at Tour de Cure.

Learn more about Tour de Cure at:

May 13, 2015

Senior Signature Series Event

The American Diabetes Association is offering a Senior Series Health & Wellness Resource fair sponsored by Scott & White Health Plan and hosted at Jubilee Park Community Center. The event is geared toward our seniors and will offer services from screenings, to cooking demos and caregiver workshops. Please bring your seniors out on Friday, May 29 from 9am to noon to Jubilee Park, 907 Bank Street, Dallas 75223. For more information or to register as a vendor, please see the attached flyers or contact Shenekqual Robertson at or 972.392.1181 ext. 6019.

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2015 Jubilee Senior Day Local marke vendor form

May 13, 2015

Parkland awarded ADA grant to improve, expand diabetes care

One of three facilities in the nation selected for pilot program

DALLASWith diabetes reported at rates higher than the national average in Dallas County, Parkland Health & Hospital System is launching a collaborative quality improvement project called “Diabetes INSIDE” with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Intelligent Medical Decisions, Inc. (iMD) to identify patients for earlier intervention and better management of type 2 diabetes.

A grant awarded to Parkland by ADA and utilizing information tools and training developed by iMD will analyze patient data and develop quality improvement initiatives to improve diabetes care for Parkland patients. The project focuses on interventions at the primary care level, targeting patients with type 2 diabetes, age 18-75, with A1C levels greater than 9 percent who are at highest risk for chronic complications of diabetes The A1C is a blood test that indicates a person’s average blood glucose level, and can be used to diagnose and treat diabetes. A normal A1C level for someone without diabetes is in the 4.5 to 6 percent level.

Approximately 10,000 current Parkland patients could be impacted by the Diabetes INSIDE program. More than 50,000 Parkland patients are currently diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause in the U.S. of heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and amputations (not caused by trauma).


According to Robert E. Ratner, MD, FACP, FACE, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer of the ADA, “Diabetes INSIDE is an initiative that will examine patient-level data and provider and staff attitudes toward diabetes management and insulin therapy with a goal toward quality improvement. The American Diabetes Association is pleased to announce that Parkland is one of three sites in the U.S. selected to participate in this project.”

Nearly 30 million Americans, almost 10 percent of the population, have diabetes, and it remains the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. The number of people with diabetes in Texas is projected to quadruple from 2 million to nearly 8 million by 2040, according to the Texas Health Institute.

Diabetes disproportionately affects different ethnic groups. Approximately 13 percent of all African-American and Hispanic adults live with diabetes, the ADA reports. The total estimated cost for patients with diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. was $256 billion in 2012, according to the ADA, up more than 40 percent from 2007, and an estimated $18 billion in Texas.

The primary goal for the 18-24 month initiative at Parkland is to improve the percent of patients achieving target glycemic goals compared to baseline. Secondary goals include identifying barriers to optimal diabetes management, screening and prevention, and developing appropriate intervention for patients with type 2 diabetes. Using the electronic medical record (EMR), a baseline assessment will identify opportunities for optimizing care delivery and inform provider and staff-led quality improvement initiatives to positively impact patient outcomes, as recommended by the ADA Standards of Medical Care. The program will include three continuing medical education programs over the course of a year, follow-up assessment and a full, detailed analysis of patient outcomes.

“Diabetes is one of the most significant healthcare challenges facing the nation and in Texas, the incidence of the disease is at even higher levels than in other parts of the country,” said Fred Cerise, MD, MPH, Parkland’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Parkland has committed substantial resources towards tackling the burden of diabetes in our community. This collaboration with the ADA and iMD underscores the importance of our commitment to combating a serious chronic disease affecting so many people in Dallas County.”

“This grant presents an exciting opportunity for Parkland to implement meaningful innovations for the improvement of diabetes care, and ultimately improve the quality of life for our patients,” said Luigi Meneghini, MD, MBA, Professor and Executive Director of the Global Diabetes Program at Parkland and Professor, Division of Endocrinology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Ratner is scheduled to speak in Dallas on May 5 and 6 to Parkland primary care providers, including physicians, nurses, social workers, and pharmacists, to announce the quality improvement project. He will also launch the first of a series of educational meetings for Parkland staff that will feature expert speakers from the ADA, iMD, and staff from Parkland and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

In 2013 Parkland launched the Global Diabetes Program (GDP) with the help of funding provided by the state’s 1115 waiver, in collaboration with Parkland’s Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) health centers and the Division of Endocrinology at UT Southwestern. Using a patient-centered and multidisciplinary approach, the GDP focuses a team of physicians, nurses, psychologists, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers and financial experts to “rotate around the patient, instead of making the patient adjust to the needs of the care providers,” Dr. Meneghini said. GDP’s goal is to address social, psychological, financial and medical barriers that get in the way of patients receiving the care they need.


For more information about the Global Diabetes Program at Parkland, please call 214.590.5675. For more information about the American Diabetes Association, visit

The American Diabetes 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, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Intelligent Medical Decisions, Inc. (iMD) is a company focused on improving healthcare quality. iMD collaborates with clinical practices to improve care processes and patient outcomes. iMD partners with academic medical centers, health delivery systems, medical education companies and professional societies to design and facilitate Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives in any therapeutic area. iMD’s mission is to advance quality in healthcare with data-driven education and process-improvement programs.


Parkland Health & Hospital System, Department of Corporate Communications

5201 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas TX 75235, 214.590.8054

May 7, 2015

Stars of Texas – HUGE Success

Thank you to Amy and Jay Novacek for their Leadership for this year’s Going Back to our Roots event.  The Event Raised over $340,000.  A huge success was the Kiss A Pig Stickers.

Over 900 people attended with Celebrities, Ryan Palmer, Johnny Quinn, Doug Free, Dixon Edwards, Roy Cooper and lots more enjoying the night.

Silent Auction use of a Cell phone system was also a success bringing in more than $12k more than prior year.  Everyone enjoyed the laughing/rolling pigs at their tables.  Thanks to all the Executive Committee, the Stars of Texas Society and volunteers who made this event possible.

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May 7, 2015

The American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association and the YMCA of the USA Applaud the Introduction of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act

Alexandria, Virginia
April 30, 2015

The American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, and the YMCA of the USA applaud the introduction of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (S. 1131/H.R. 2102). Sponsored by Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) and Representative Peter King (R-NY), the legislation would provide coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) to Medicare beneficiaries at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Avalere Health estimates the legislation will save $1.3 billion over 10 years.

“Currently, half of all Americans age 65 or older have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In addition, an estimated 10.9 million Americans over age 65 have been diagnosed with diabetes, a figure that will continue to increase if we do not act to prevent diabetes in this population,” said David G. Marrero, PhD, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association. “Providing coverage of the National Diabetes Prevention Program through the Medicare program will help reduce the number of beneficiaries who develop type 2 diabetes and its dangerous and costly complications, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, blindness, lower-limb amputation and kidney disease.”

The program originated from the successful Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial carried out by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. The clinical trial found individuals with prediabetes can reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes by 58 percent with lifestyle changes including improved nutrition, increased physical activity and weight loss of 5-7 percent. The results were even stronger for seniors. Participants over the age of 60 reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by 71 percent. Further research translating the clinical trial to a community setting showed these results can be replicated in a group for a cost of about $300-$400 per participant.

The Y offers the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – based on the federally funded Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial. As of the end of February this year, the program had served nearly 30,000 participants at more than 1,150 sites in 43 states.  “Through our work delivering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program in communities across the country, we know that individuals over 65 have outstanding weight loss and attendance outcomes,” said Matt Longjohn, National Health Officer of YMCA of the USA. “Providing Medicare coverage for programs like the Y’s not only saves the health system money, but it will ensure that more people will have the chance to improve their health and live longer.”

The American Medical Association (AMA) is partnering with the YMCA of the USA to increase the number of physicians who screen and test patients for prediabetes and refer them to diabetes prevention programs offered by local YMCAs that are part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National DPP recognition program. “Prediabetes is a serious medical condition in our country that must be addressed. With more than 50 percent of America’s seniors currently at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, we must act now to ensure our nation’s seniors have access to these proven diabetes prevention programs,” said AMA President Robert M. Wah, M.D. “We urge Congress to join us in tackling this public health epidemic that continues to strain our health care system and act swiftly to cover these important programs under Medicare.”

“Diabetes is not only a physical burden, but also a financial burden to this country. The annual cost of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes, gestational diabetes, and prediabetes has skyrocketed to $322 billion in 2012, a 48 percent increase in just five years. This includes one out of three Medicare dollars being spent on someone with diabetes,” said John Anderson, MD, Past President, Science & Medicine, American Diabetes Association. “The National Diabetes Prevention Program is based on an effective low-cost community model and providing coverage of this program through Medicare will help move us closer to stopping this epidemic.”

The American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, and the YMCA of the USA will continue working together to call on Congress to pass the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act and make the diabetes prevention program available to all Medicare beneficiaries—thereby reducing the incidence of diabetes and its toll on patients suffering with this chronic disease.

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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April 29, 2015

FC Dallas, NovoNordisk and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Partner Up

Once again FC Dallas has partnered with the ADA, NovoNordisk, and BCBS to help spread health messages at their game on April 18th. There were lots of giveaways including water bottles and a signed soccer ball. Participants learned about exercise and their risks for diabetes. Our next game is Friday June 26. Hope to see you all there!

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April 29, 2015

ADA North Texas Board Highlight


Dr. Noel Santini

President, American Diabetes Association

North Texas Leadership Board


Dr. Noel Santini began volunteering with the ADA two years ago and is the Medical Director and Chief of Adult Medicine and Geriatrics at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems. Currently he serves as President of the ADA NorthTexas Leadership Board. Dr. Santini lives in Dallas with his partner and two-year-old daughter.


We had a chance to talk with Dr. Santini earlier this week about his role with the ADA.


What do you like most about volunteering?  I’ve always had a passion for diabetes. In primary care and in my division, diabetes is the top diagnosis along with hypertension.  I’ve been very involved with diabetes education since I started working as a resident. I did outreach with health fairs. The next step was with working with diabetes coordinator involved with ADA’s recognized program. I think it’s the work that’s being done for the community with patients, the education. And the different resources the ADA has available for patients to self manage their diabetes.


Where are you from?  San Juan, Puerto Rico


Do you have diabetes in your family? No, there isn’t any diabetes in my family, but in many of our patients.  I see a large number of Hispanics who have no place, no resource, and have language barrier, and socio economic obstacles. They identify with me because I can identify with their culture and language. I have a relationship with them. Knowing that this medical condition you can control the comorbidity and complications, so working with patients and involving them in their care of diabetes means a lot to me.


What kinds of trends would you like to see with diabetes?

I would like to see the trend going down in the nation. My biggest concern right now is adolescents coming down with diabetes. Do more education on physical activity and losing weight. I think the most important thing is to prevent diabetes from happening. Work on the interventions to make a change and prevent diabetes.


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