Archive for August, 2013

August 29, 2013

More Tour Teams for 2014 Tour de Cure!

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Tour de Cure chair Jim Cadorette and Tour committee member and Red Rider Lew Alexander mann a health fair table at the Container Store and signed up almost 20 people for a corporate Container Store Tour team for 2014.

August 28, 2013

American Diabetes Association Spreads Awareness at Special RoughRiders Game

American Diabetes Association Spreads Awareness at Special RoughRiders Game
Executive Director Throws Opening Pitch to his Son
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FRISCO, TEXAS — The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Sanofi Aventis teamed up with the RoughRiders last Saturday to spread the word on the risk of diabetes at a very special game-special because executive director of the ADA North Texas office, Quin Neal, threw the opening pitch to his son, Zach Neal, pitcher for the opposing team the Midland Rockhounds.
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“It was a pleasure to be representing the American Diabetes Association by throwing out the first pitch,” Neal said. “And it was a treat to be throwing to my son, of whom I’m very proud.”

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RoughRiders personnel say that there is no prior record of a father throwing the first pitch to his son at one of their games. The final score: Midland 8, Frisco 3.

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The ADA and Sanofi Aventis handed out information to spectators about preventing and managing diabetes as part of a collaboration to Stop Diabetes, a national campaign which began four years ago.

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Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

August 22, 2013

Live Empowered Wins Award

The Texas Health Resources Live Empowered! program presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas was recently selected to receive a Stop Diabetes Community Award for 2013. The award is presented to communities that have demonstrated a significant and ongoing commitment to a signature program  of the American Diabetes Association that expands the Association’s outreach and educational opportunities. Evidence of outreach and adherence to data collection guidelines is a consideration in determining award winners. In addition, the effort should have exhibited a strong volunteer/staff partnership.

During the 2013 Community Volunteer Leadership Conference (CVLC) in November, the Association will recognize our volunteers for going above and beyond in our fight to Stop Diabetes.

“We are very proud of what we have been able to achieve in North Texas with this program,” said Quin Neal, Senior Executive Director. “Our success is directly tied to the financial support from Texas Health Resources and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and our strong strategic partnership.”

August 22, 2013

Feria de Salud September 21, 2013!


August 22, 2013

Only 86 Days Until Step Out!

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THANK YOU to all who came out Tuesday night for the 2013 DFW Step Out Kick – Off Party!

Over 150 of you came out to the Rangers Ballpark to learn more about Step Out, network with some great people, eat some great food and watch the Texas Rangers play the Houston Astros!

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August 15, 2013

Health and Wellness with Diabetes

American Diabetes Association participated in two Latino healthfairs recently: Viva Dallas and the Hispanic Health and Wellness Festival in Fort Worth. Over 20,000 thousand people attended both events.

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August 15, 2013

FC Dallas and Diabetes Association Team Up Once Again

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FRISCO, Texas – The American Diabetes Association (ADA) in partnership with FC Dallas, Novo Nordisk and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, offered educational information about the risks and effects of diabetes, particularly within the Latino community, on Aug. 11th at the FC Dallas vs. Galaxy game.

The initiative called, “La Buena Salud es Vivir,” aims to increase awareness among soccer fans of all ages about the risks of diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, one in eight Latinos have diabetes, almost twice the rate of non-Latino whites, and one in two Latino children will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

“It is critically important for people to become aware of the risks and learn how to prevent or manage diabetes,” said Quin Neal, executive director of the ADA in North Texas. “This collaboration will help educate fans on the importance of nutrition and exercise and what to do if one is at risk.”

Hundreds of fans participated in educational games, giveaways, and picked up information in English and Spanish inside the concourse at FC Dallas Stadium. The game and fireworks display followed. Kids spun a “diabetes wheel” in which they had to answer questions about diabetes management correctly. They jump roped and exercised and parents took part in a raffle.

“It was great fun for the whole family,” said Gina Perales Hethcock, director of communications and Hispanic Initiatives at the ADA.

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 Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

As the largest, most experienced health care benefits company in the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) provides its members with access to affordable, quality health benefit plans. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas serves 4.8 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.
Novo Nordisk is a global health care company with an 87-year history of innovation and achievement in diabetes care. Our portfolio of diabetes pharmaceuticals and delivery systems is the most comprehensive available. In addition to diabetes care, Novo Nordisk has a leading position within areas such as hemostasis management, growth hormone therapy, and hormone therapy for women.

August 8, 2013

Come check out the next YADA monthly meeting!!

YADA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday August 21st at 6:30pm

9400 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX

RSVP by August 20, 2013

Like us on Facebook to get your dose of YADA in between meetings!

and follow us on Twitter! @dallasYADA

YADA stands for Young Active Diabetic Adults. This group was formed for diabetics by diabetics. YADA’s mission is to offer a support network for people interested in discussing issues we face. We learn from others successes in hopes to better our lives. IT may be a simple suggestion or encouragement to alter ones treatment. We all have a variety of experiences to share and show the complexity of this disease. Holding an unbiased and directed discussion we focus each meeting on important subjects. The goal is for each attendee to gain one relative fact to better their life.

August 8, 2013

You Rode for a Reason and Look What Happened!!


This year’s Tour de Cure accomplished so much with your help!! Tour de Cure 2013 set records by raising just under half-million dollars, with 1,200 participants, more than 250 volunteers and 70 teams riding! We also added premier rest stops featuring misters and a spa-like atmosphere to this years’ event.

Team Red has set a Tour de Cure DFW record raising almost $90,000!

Two of the top National Corporate Teams and Presenting Sponsors were Lockheed Martin and Trinity Industries.

August 8, 2013

Volunteer Training!

Volunteer Training!

When: Friday 8/16/13 from 10:30-2:30

Where: at our office: 4100 Alpha Rd, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75244 in the conference room

Topic: Covering general volunteering, health fairs, and doing speaking engagements for the ADA.

Healthy lunch provided.

Invite your friends!

RSVP to Andrea Brashier at by WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013 to guarantee your spot.


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