ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - Oct 25, 2012) - The American Diabetes Association is pleased to announce that Walgreens has reaffirmed its commitment as a National Strategic Partner and will continue to help Stop Diabetes by supporting the Association's type 2 diabetes prevention initiative for consumers called CheckUp America. The company will support activities designed to help those at highest risk for type 2 diabetes become aware and take action to Stop Diabetes before it starts. In addition, Walgreens will support the expanded distribution of patient education materials and the development of a transit advertising campaign in select markets to encourage consumers to find out their risk for diabetes.
The relationship kicks off this November during American Diabetes Month® as Walgreens will be conducting a pin pad donation campaign when a debit or credit card is used for payment at their nearly 8,000 locations across the United States. Walgreens will also be continuing its commitment to education by participating in select American Diabetes Association EXPOs, which is a free event for the public educating them about healthy eating, active living and changing the future of diabetes. In addition to its commitment in educating the public, Walgreens will once again be a national sponsor of Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and will also encourage its employees to get out and walk as part of the Walgreens nationwide team for Step Out.
"Education is crucial for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. We are excited about our continued collaboration and having Walgreens on board to help us further our mission in stopping this deadly disease," said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. "Since the alliance was formed in 2011, Walgreens has raised more than $1.6 million for the Association and has helped us reach out to communities with critical information through our educational initiatives."
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
"Through our commitment to health and wellness for our customers and employees, we have been delighted to help support the American Diabetes Association over the past year in raising critical awareness about type 2 diabetes prevention," said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens, president of pharmacy, health and wellness. "We are, once again, committed to continuing our educational and fundraising efforts with the Association in 2013 and are excited to be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes."
About the 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. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.