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Seattle Defensive End Branden Jackson to speak at 2018 American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Champions Event - 04/30/18

Who:     Seattle Defensive End Branden Jackson
             2018 Tour de Cure Champions  
    
What:    Champions Dinner honoring top fundraising participants for the 2018 Washington Tour de Cure 

When:    Friday, May 4 • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Pacific time (Branden will speak around 7:10 p.m.)

Where:   Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 
               14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072
        
Why:        Today, more than 30 million people in America have diabetes, and more than eighty-four million people in 
the U.S. have prediabetes. Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes if lifestyle changes are not made to delay or prevent it, and nearly 90 percent of the people with prediabetes don’t know they have it. 

Seattle defensive end Branden Jackson will share his personal story and the impact diabetes has had on his life at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 2018 Washington Tour de Cure Champions Dinner on Friday, May 4. The event starts at 6:00 p.m., and Jackson will speak around 7:10 p.m. The Champions Dinner is held in advance of the 2018 Washington Tour de Cure ride, run and walk event, which will take place on Saturday, May 5. 

Jackson, whose grandmother has diabetes, is a member of the ADA’s Team Tackle initiative, which brings together current and former professional football players to increase diabetes awareness and support for the ADA’s mission. During the 2017 football season, Jackson selected to highlight the ADA during the league’s My Cause My Cleats initiative and auctioned off his game-worn shoes to benefit the ADA in honor of his grandmother, citing that, “never has the daily burden of living with diabetes broken her spirit. She’s where I get my grit.”

Tour de Cure is designed for participants of all fitness levels, with 10-mile routes for the occasional cyclist to 100-mile century rides for experienced cyclists, and a 5k that you can walk or run. Routes feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders along the way. Participants who have diabetes get VIP treatment and are celebrated as Red Riders and Red Striders. For more information, click here

The Tour de Cure is the signature fundraising event of the ADA. The Champions Dinner celebrates the top fundraisers who have each raised $1,000 or more to support the cause. More than 65,000 cyclists and volunteers from across the country participate in TDC events each year. More than 30 million battle diabetes every day and every 21 seconds someone new is diagnosed. 

About the American Diabetes Association
Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (Association) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Association drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the Association supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).
 

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Get Moving with the American Diabetes Association(R) on National Get Fit Don't Sit Day (Photo) - 04/25/18

Wednesday, May 2, marks the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA’s) annual National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day, an opportunity to increase awareness about the dangers of prolonged sitting and the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day. The ADA recommends breaking up sedentary time with three or more minutes of light physical activity—such as walking, leg extensions, or overhead arm stretches—every 30 minutes, in addition to getting the recommended 30 minutes a day (5 days per week) of moderate activity.

“We know that physical activity is good for you, however, what you may not know is that too much sitting is actually harmful for your health,” said Alison Bruun, American Diabetes Association. “That’s why it’s so important to get up and move throughout the day. National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is a day to encourage Oregonians to get up and moving at least every 30 minutes.”

To celebrate National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day, the Portland ADA team will be promoting physical activity at Menlo Park Elementary and Lincoln Park Elementary, as a part of the Let’s Play Portland project. 

Here are eight tips for incorporating more movement during the work day:

  • Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to get up every 30 minutes and stand, walk or stretch. 
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator at the office and in the parking garage.
  • Get up and stretch at your desk.
  • Swap out your chair for an exercise ball to engage your muscles.
  • Use part or all of your lunch break to take a walk.
  • Walk places that are within a reasonable distance instead of driving.
  • Try some chair exercises while at your desk.

National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is sponsored locally by National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is sponsored nationally by NRG Energy, Inc. and Freeze Tag, Inc. To learn more, visit diabetes.org/getfitdontsit.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).