The Fearless African Americans Connected and Empowered (F.A.C.E.) Diabetes campaign is a grassroots movement empowering African Americans to help individuals, families, and neighborhoods overcome key barriers to success in living with diabetes. The disease affects more than three million African-Americans nationwide.
Supported by Eli Lilly and Company, corporate partners, national advocacy groups and local community organizations, the campaign's goal is to help foster behavioral and attitudinal changes in areas critical to success in managing diabetes such as nutrition/cooking, physical activity, health, and overall well- being. Lilly and the F.A.C.E. Diabetes campaign are helping African Americans with diabetes learn to better manage a disease that can lead to devastating complications if left uncontrolled.
Grammy-nominated R&B singer Angie Stone is partnering with the American Diabetes Association in their efforts to raise awareness about the diabetes epidemic facing the African-American community. She has been traveling to cities around the country since 2007 to inspire others by sharing how she personally manages the day-to-day challenges of living with diabetes.
On August 29th, the 11th Annual Victory Over Diabetes event will kick off in Atlanta with a performance by Angie Stone. This free day-long event, also supported by Aetna, educates and empowers African-Americans living with diabetes to better manage the disease by providing educational tools and culturally relevant resources.
Victory Over Diabetes will take place from 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 29 at the Georgia International Convention Center (2000 Convention Ct. Concourse, College Park, GA 30337). Features include: A series of diabetes-focused workshops, keynote speakers, and free health screenings; "Fearlessly Fit with Diabetes" special session featuring Angie Stone and highlighting the importance of physical activity as part of overall diabetes management; and a $50,000 check presentation by corporate sponsor Aetna in support of the Atlanta ADA's African-American-focused initiatives.
"I'm thrilled to bring the F.A.C.E. Diabetes movement back to my hometown of Atlanta as part of Victory Over Diabetes," said Stone. "Due, in part, to what I've learned through the campaign, I've made some great strides in better managing my own diabetes. I hope my story can motivate others, which is why I'm encouraging everyone to come out to this free event."
For additional information about the F.A.C.E. Diabetes campaign and events, visit http://www.face-diabetes.com/.
Sources: Press Release (PRNewswire) and Website