American Diabetes Association Celebrates 75 Years with the 23rd Annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes Campaign October 10, 2015
Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is the ADA’s fall signature campaign and has been taking place for 23 years in support of the mission of American Diabetes Association. Walk day is a huge celebration of the fundraising efforts of the Savannah community and their dedication to finding a cure for diabetes. Step Out will take place at Forsyth Park for the 2nd year and music, food, kids’ activities, local entertainment and most importantly, the company of hundreds of people who truly understand the impact of diabetes will fill the park. To register as a team captain, individual walker, or virtual walker people can go to diabetes.org/stepoutsavannah.
Sponsors of Step Out: Walk To Stop Diabetes are Hugh H. Armstrong Foundation, Amerigroup, Gulfstream, Memorial, Thomas & Hutton Engineering, YMCA, Wound Care Clinic, Seacrest Partners, Southern Motors, Cheetah Container Chassis, The Evans Network of Companies, JIT Warehousing & Logistics, Morgan Corporation, Port City Logistics, Savannah Morning News, WSAV Television, WRHQ Radio.
According to Step Out Chairman, Terry Lemmons, with Optim, “Creating diabetes awareness and engaging the community in the work of ADA is what Step Out is all about. The 3-mile paddle during Kayak for a Kure and the 5K walk reinforces the message to engage in physical activity to prevent type 2 diabetes and to manage diabetes, whether you have type 1 or type 2. We use this campaign as a way to educate people and raise funds for research, education and advocacy. We urge the community to get involved as we celebrate 75 years of continuous progress in the fight against diabetes, the silent killer.”
Step Out 5k Walk
On Saturday, October 10th at Forsyth Park registration and continental breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m. After a warm-up from a high energy instructor on the stage, walkers will travel around outer pathways of the Park and enjoy the beauty Historic Savannah has to offer. Families and pets invited!
The Step Out event will also feature a large Health & Fitness Festival from 9:00am-
12:00pm with several free blood glucose & blood pressure screenings, fitness information and professional on-site advice on medications along with free literature on a variety of health topics. Kids’ activities and face painting will be taking place. Funds raised from the
Step Out event benefit the mission of the American Diabetes Association.
Diabetes affects 30 million children and adults and is a leading cause of death by disease in the United States. 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes. One in three Americans and one in two minorities will develop diabetes in their lifetime. In Georgia, diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death among adults. Locally, funds raised by Step Out and other events pay for initiatives such as American Diabetes Month, ALERT campaign to find the undiagnosed through risk tests and screenings, health fairs, speaker’s bureau, Stop
Diabetes @ Work, Living with Type 2, Live Empowered African American program, and Camp Jada, children’s summer camp. November 3rd, for American Diabetes Month, Savannah ADA will launch a support group for people living with diabetes and their family and friends. The American Diabetes Association encourages people to learn the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. ADA also wants people to learn about prevention through a diet that includes vegetables and fruits and getting moderate physical activity.
ADA encourages early detection if you are at risk because you have a family history, are over the age of 45, and/or are overweight and live a sedentary lifestyle. ADA also focuses on management of diabetes to prevent the devastating complications that can result from poorly managed diabetes, including blindness, lower limb amputation, end stage renal failure, cardiovascular disease and death. With proper treatment and management, diabetes can be controlled.