SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

November 12, 2013 09:00 ET

Walgreens Named National Strategic Partner of the American Diabetes Association in Recognition of Its Commitment to Help Stop Diabetes®

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - Nov 12, 2013) - The American Diabetes Association (Association) announced today that Walgreens has been named a National Strategic Partner of the American Diabetes Association, in recognition of its commitment to support the mission and the Association's movement to Stop Diabetes®.

Walgreens is committed to helping the Association educate the public about their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, providing support for tools and resources to help those with the disease better manage it as well as help raise critical funds to help stop this deadly disease. 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 more than 8,000 locations across the United States. In addition, Walgreens will be in seven cities across the country participating in the Association's educational event -- America Diabetes Association EXPO. They also will raise critical awareness about American Diabetes Association Alert Day® and encourage their customers to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Walgreens also will be promoting the importance of physical activity by participating in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® events across the country. 

"Through its support of the American Diabetes Association, Walgreens is helping to further our movement to Stop Diabetes and plays an integral role in the advancement of our mission," said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. "Education and awareness efforts are critical for those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes, as it helps to enhance the importance of leading a healthier lifestyle."

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the nation, with nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States living with the disease. Another 79 million, or one in three American adults, 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.

"We are honored to be recognized as a National Strategic Partner of the American Diabetes Association and we are committed to helping people get, stay and live well by raising awareness among our customers about the prevention and detection of type 2 diabetes," said Kermit Crawford, president of pharmacy, health and wellness, Walgreens. "We are excited about the efforts and activities we have planned for next year with the Association to help raise critical funds in support of their mission, and help educate our consumers about knowing their risk for diabetes and taking steps to prevent and manage their disease."

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.

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