Local Residents Make Every Step Count as Part of the Stop Diabetes Movement
DALLAS ─ This year, more than 2,000 area residents will come together to be part of the Stop Diabetes movement at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Airhogs Stadium in Grand Prairie, TX. Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is a one-day signature fundraising walk benefiting the American Diabetes Association. Every dollar raised through Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes plays an important role in supporting the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
“Diabetes is a devastating disease that touches us all,” said Quin Neal, Senior Executive Director, American Diabetes Association – North Texas. “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is such a wonderful event for friends and co-workers to come together and help change the future of diabetes, not only in their community but nationwide. The camaraderie and spirit that we see at this event is priceless.”
Today, 1,707,000 Texans have diabetes, or 9.8% of the Texas population —over half a million of those reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Annually, there are more than 200,000 hospital admission attributed to diabetes in Texas, the cost of which exceeds $3.5 billion. Some experts project the total number of diabetes cases in Texas will increase to nearly 3 million by 2040 – others predict 4 million by 2025. If current trends continue by 2050 one in every three American adults will develop diabetes by age 50.
Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes provides an opportunity for local companies, employees, friends and family to come together for a fun, healthy activity. This is a FREE, family friendly event with an attached health expo and fair, a kid’s zone and much more. It’s an event for anyone who wants to support the Association and help raise the critical funds needed to help Stop Diabetes. To register, volunteer or find out more information, please visit diabetes.org/stepoutdfw. For media inquiries or interview requests please contact Gina Perales Hethcock. Together we can stop diabetes. One step at a time.
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 – North Texas at 972-392-1181 or visit http://www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.