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The American Diabetes Association and Eli Lilly and Company Encourage African Americans to Learn About Diabetes Through a Familiar Face

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 9:43am
Bio-Medicine.Org

ATLANTA, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 14th annual Victory Over Diabetes event, hosted by the American Diabetes Association (the Association), will take place in Atlanta on August 20, featuring educational workshops, free health screenings and resources designed to encourage African Americans to take control of their health and better manage their type 2 diabetes. In attendance will be Eli Lilly and Company's Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered (F.A.C.E.) Diabetes initiative spokesperson, award-winning actor and comedian Anthony Anderson(1).  

As the newest face to join Lilly's F.A.C.E. Diabetes initiative, Anderson is traveling to major cities around the United States to raise awareness of the type 2 diabetes epidemic among African Americans, a population disproportionately affected by the disease. In fact, according to the Association, African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.(2) Anderson will be at Victory Over Diabetes to share his personal testimonial during the lunch break between 12:30–1:15 p.m. Anderson will also be available for a meet-and-greet with attendees in the F.A.C.E. Diabetes booth.

"Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is life changing, but with the help of a team of medical professionals, I've taken control of my disease," said Anderson. "I'm eager to share my story at Victory Over Diabetes and hope to encourage the African American community in Georgia to feel empowered to take control of their own health."

Diabetes is a common and serious chronic disease in Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, one in seven adults is living with diabetes, with as many as one-third of adults unaware they have the disease.(3) Through community-based events such as Victory Over Diabetes, the Association and Lilly hope to provide useful information and solu

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