ALEXANDRIA, VA — The American Diabetes Association is pleased to announce that Walgreens will become a national strategic partner, and that the national drugstore chain is again working with the Association as one of its partner charities within “Walgreens Way to Well Commitment™” — a four year, $100 million health and wellness initiative.
As part of the initiative, Walgreens will continue to help Stop Diabetes by supporting the American Diabetes Association’s type 2 diabetes prevention initiative for consumers, CheckUp America. The company will support the Association’s community events in select markets across the country that are designed to help those at highest risk for diabetes become aware and take action to Stop Diabetes before it starts. In addition, Walgreens funding will support expanded distribution of patient education materials and the development of a new national public service campaign to promote consumer awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and heart disease.
“Education is crucial for the prevention of type 2 diabetes and we are excited to have Walgreens on board to help us further our mission in stopping this deadly disease,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “We have set a very comprehensive strategic plan and this initiative will helps us achieve those goals by expanding our reach and impact in the communities we serve every day.”
79 million Americans have prediabetes, but only 1 out of 10 of them knows they have it. The Association is working to double the number of people who are aware they have prediabetes by 2015 and Walgreen’s support will be a tremendous asset in that fight. Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
“Walgreens is proud to support the Stop Diabetes initiative and the American Diabetes Association, as we work to bring educational and preventive health care resources to thousands of communities nationwide,” said Bonnie Gordon, Walgreens director of cause marketing. “Prevention and early detection of today’s leading diseases, including diabetes, are the pillars of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment™. Working with the Association and other national health organizations, we hope to help people live longer, healthier lives by providing access to the resources they need to stay well.”
For additional details, visit CheckUpAmerica.org.
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion. The company operates 7,811drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.
About the American Diabetes Association
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. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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