During American Diabetes Month®, the American Diabetes Association is continuing its efforts to reduce health disparities and Stop Diabetes® in minority communities through the annual I Decide to Stop Diabetes campaign.
Because minority populations are disproportionately affected by diabetes, increasing awareness and access to education are key to the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. The campaign is a three-week effort asking faith and community-based organizations that reach minority populations to encourage their members to take the pledge to live a healthier lifestyle.
“Diabetes is a growing epidemic in minority populations. Yet, type 2 diabetes can be a preventable and controllable disease,” said Dr. Magon M. Saunders, MS, RDN, LD, a member of the National Diabetes Education Program’s African American Stakeholder Group. “During American Diabetes Month, all Americans are encouraged to join the I Decide to Stop Diabetes campaign and take steps to prevent or manage diabetes, by engaging in regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet, monitoring blood sugar levels as appropriate and taking medications as prescribed. Only then, can we truly stop diabetes.”
During the I Decide to Stop Diabetes campaign, and throughout the year, the American Diabetes Association offers numerous resources to help people prevent and manage their diabetes. From the Living with Type 2 Diabetes Program, to Recipes for Healthy Living; and the Association’s signature events, including Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, and Tour de Cure; there are valuable programs and activities available offering support and motivation for those living with, or at risk for developing diabetes. Click here for more information and resources.