SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

July 07, 2014 09:00 ET

American Diabetes Association and Walgreens Support Efforts to Stop Diabetes®

American Diabetes Association Is Collaborating With Walgreens on Its Balance® Rewards Program

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - Jul 7, 2014) - The American Diabetes Association (Association) announced today its collaboration with Walgreens, a National Strategic Partner of the Association, and the Balance® Rewards program to help further the movement to Stop Diabetes.

Walgreens purpose is to help people get, stay and live well, which inspired the organization to create its Balance® Rewards program. It's the first loyalty program that rewards consumers for their healthy choices made every day such as walking, running, weight management and testing blood pressure and blood glucose. In addition, for every person that joins the Balance Rewards program via diabetes.org/pr-rewards, Walgreens will donate $1 to the American Diabetes Association through December 31, 2014, up to $50,000.

"Walgreens plays an integral role in the advancement of our mission and our movement to Stop Diabetes. Leading a healthy and active lifestyle are key components for those who are at risk for or live with type 2 diabetes," said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. "We are proud to be collaborating with Walgreens to get the word out about such an exciting program that will not only get people to make better choices, but it will help the Association raise critical funds to help further our movement to stop this deadly disease."

The year-round relationship with Walgreens and the American Diabetes Association, which kicked off in November during American Diabetes Month®, continues with Walgreens participating in the Association's educational event -- American Diabetes Association EXPO -- in seven cities nationwide. They also help raise awareness about American Diabetes Association Alert Day® by encouraging their customers to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Walgreens also promotes the importance of physical activity by participating in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® events across the country. 

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health epidemics facing the nation, with nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States living with the disease. Another 86 million have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

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.

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