More than 800 walkers ‘Step Out’ to raise awareness about diabetes

More than 800 walkers ‘Step Out’ to raise awareness about diabetes

Members of Coral Gables Woman’s Club support ADA Step Out to Stop Diabetes Walk. Pictured (l-r) are Gloria
Burns, Jessie Francisco, Carol Rosenau, Lauren Chiara and Kate Swain.

More than 800 Miami-Dade residents helped Stop Diabetes by participating in the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Sept. 21.

More than $100,000 was raised and will be used to support the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

“Thanks to the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of our Red Striders, teams, volunteers, and sponsors, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes was a resounding success!” said Russell Benford, Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County. “The money they raised will make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes and their loved ones.”

Local sponsors included Navarro Discount Pharmacy, Baptist Health of South Florida, Pizza Hut, Assurant, Florida Blue, FedEx, Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, South Florida Times, Toyota, Jessie Trice Community Health Center, CarePlus, Leon Medical Centers, Hogan Lovells, Trivest, Life4Diabetes, Medtronics, Publix Pharmacies, Becker & Poliakoff, Kaufman Rossi & Company, Nestle, Harvey, Covington and Thomas, and Perform Studios.

National sponsors included Novo Nordisk, Walgreens, Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup, Equal 0 Calorie Sweetener and PureVia All Natural Zero Calorie Sweetener.

Today, nearly 26 million Americans — including 200,000 in Miami-Dade — have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7 million people are unaware that they have the disease. If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise for people with diabetes and helps to control glucose levels, and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes provides an opportunity for people to come together for a fun, healthy activity.

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.

For more information call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit

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