Children Living with Diabetes Recognized at “One Shot Away” Event in Dallas

In coordination with the Dallas Mavericks and the North Texas Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, MED-CARE Diabetic & Medical Supplies, Inc. hosted “One Shot Away,” a special event held on November 22, 2013 that recognized children living with diabetes and hope for a cure.

Children making a shot on the basketball court after the Mavericks game during the “One Shot Away” event.

Children making a shot on the basketball court after the Mavericks game during the “One Shot Away” event.

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As part of the event, 50 area children and their families attended a Dallas Mavericks game, courtesy of MED-CARE.   Each attendee received a “One Shot Away” t-shirt and the children had the opportunity to make a shot on the basketball court after the game. The children and families who attended “One Shot Away” were recognized for their contributions and support of the American Diabetes Association’s School Walk to Stop Diabetes, an educational fundraiser that promotes healthy lifestyles, research advocacy and education efforts.

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MED-CARE Diabetic & Medical Supplies, Dallas Mavericks and American Diabetes Association celebrate “One Shot Away.”

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Honorees receiving their “One Shot Away” t-shirts.

MED-CARE also donated one-year of diabetic supplies to 200 children without insurance. The supplies will be distributed by the American Diabetes Association to school nurses in North Texas.

“This event was a wonderful day to recognize children who are living with diabetes and bring awareness to a disease that impacts more than six million children in the U.S.,” said Steven Silverman, founder and CEO of MED-CARE. “With further research, we are one shot away from a cure.”

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ABOUT MED-CARE:

MED-CARE Diabetic and Medical Supplies is a leading medical and pharmacy mail order supply company, founded on the highest principles of patient care and service. MED-CARE helps patients manage their chronic conditions by providing cost-effective, high-quality products and services delivered directly to their homes.

Established in 1999 by Dr. Steve Silverman, the company has more than 500 employees and serves more than 250,000 patients from its headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida and distribution centers in Florida and Tennessee. MED-CARE is accredited by The Joint Commission (T.J.C), the most prestigious accrediting organization recognized by Medicare. Since its inception, MED-CARE has been an accepted provider for Medicare, Medicaid and hundreds of private insurance companies nationwide. The company follows Medicare billing guidelines meticulously. For more information on MED-CARE, visit http://www.medcareinc.com or call 1-888-777-0737.

ABOUT AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION:

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 www.diabetes.org.

Shop for a Cause Holiday Style!

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Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 19th from 11am – 1pm, because we’re having a Stella & Dot Holiday Fundraiser Trunk Show for the American Diabetes Association.  Swing by 4100 Alpha Rd #100 to see the brand new holiday collection and don’t forget that gift list because it’s never too early to think about holiday shopping! Our personal Stylist, Kelly Wenzel will be there to let you play with some style options for the season. Can’t wait to see the collection? Guys it will be a perfect opportunity to buy that special holiday gift for your special GAL!

Take a sneak peek here: http://www.stelladot.com/ts/syit5

I am looking forward to seeing you there! Share with a friend, the more the merrier!  If you can’t make it, you can always shop online, too! Call Sandy at 972-392-1181 x 6030 to order if you would rather order by phone!

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF TEXAS INCREASES DONTATION

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF TEXAS INCREASES DONTATION

TO AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION’S OUTREACH INITIATIVES

 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) recently donated $45,000 to the American Diabetes Association in North Texas to grow its Hispanic Outreach program and sustain its thriving Africa American initiatives in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. This marks a $15,000 increase over last year’s total donation, with the Hispanic Outreach program benefiting from the boost.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is pleased to increase our commitment to the American Diabetes Association’s African-American and Hispanic education and prevention initiatives,” said Margaret Jarvis, senior manager of Media & Public Relations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.  “It’s part of our commitment to disease prevention and management, which helps to stop diabetes before it grows even more significantly in these high-risk communities.

The African-American program called Live Empowered includes educational workshops in which people learn to control or prevent diabetes. It also includes an awareness campaign in over 300 churches in Dallas and Fort Worth as well as a health and wellness tea for African-American women.

The Latino program called Por Tu Familia is a fun, activity-based, educational program within a series of six, easy-to-understand workshops available in both English and Spanish. It includes Diabetes Days, which is held in 50 churches throughout Dallas and Fort Worth as well as a health and wellness fair called Feria de Salud.

Together, both programs reach over 200,000 African-Americans and Latinos in the metroplex.

“Thanks to Blue Cross, we at the American Diabetes Association will be able to increase our outreach in the Latino community with programs that educate people on how to eat healthily and exercise safely,” said Gina Perales Hethcock, director of communications and Latino outreach.

Diabetes is a serious illness that affects Latinos and African Americans in disproportionate numbers: one in two ethnic minority children born will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Diabetes is an incurable disease caused by the inability of the body to produce insulin or for cells to absorb it correctly.  As a consequence, abnormal levels of glucose accumulate in the body causing complications.  The complications of diabetes include kidney failure, heart disease, vision deterioration, and lower limb amputations.  Early diagnosis of diabetes helps to control glucose levels, and with the assistance of proper medical care, diet, exercise, insulin and oral medications, the complications of diabetes can be prevented or delayed.

As the largest, most experienced health care benefits company in the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas continues to provide its members with high quality health benefit plans.  The company serves 4.6 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.

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

FC Dallas Celebrates Diabetes Alert Day

FC Dallas along with the American Diabetes Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Novo Nordisk joined forces to celebrate American Diabetes Alert Day this past March 17th at the opening game against Houston.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 is the 25th Annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day.  Alert Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day, “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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Five thousand risk tests were handed out to soccer fans during the game. And the ADA gave vital information on the prevention and management of diabetes at a booth at the game.

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Take the test and share it with friends and loved ones on Tuesday by visiting us on Facebook, stopdiabetes.com or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).  Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.

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For every Diabetes Risk Test taken, Boar’s Head® – a leading provider of premium delicatessen products – will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association starting March 26 through April 9, 2013 up to $50,000.

November Walgreens Customer Giving Campaign

Make sure you visit your local Walgreen’s during the month of November as the entire month represents their customer pin-pad giving campaign.  All customers will be asked via the credit card terminal if they would like to donate to the American Diabetes Association.  All Walgreen’s in North Texas and nationwide will be conducting this campaign so the dollars raised represents a significant amount for the Association.  Please thank them for all of their support!