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American Diabetes Association Holds Step Out Walk To Stop Diabetes

by Lorena Flores and Lucia Flores

Saturday, November 2nd the American Diabetes Association held their Annual Step Out: Walk To Stop Diabetes event in Los Angeles. The event took place at the picturesque Griffith Park and is an annual fundraiser held to raise money and awareness for the ADA’s mission to prevent, cure, and improve the lives of those living with diabetes.

Attendees participated in a 5K (3.2 mile) walk that began at Griffith Park and continued around the park’s golf course and equestrian trails.  Walkers were greeted along the trail with snacks, beverages, and volunteers who cheered them on.

At the end of the walk, participants were able to browse through booths set up with information ranging from healthy eating choices to pet care. Local sponsors included Western University of Health Sciences, Wells Fargo, Pfizer, Anthem Blue, Nestle, Aetna, Colgate, Blue Shield of California, United Transportation Union, and NBC Channel 4.

Celebrity guests at the event included many cast members from the MTV television show Awkward and other various actors/actresses from NBC shows.

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes was a successful event for all who participated, as it provided a great opportunity for the community to come together and support the fight to prevent and stop diabetes.  It has been estimated that about 1 in 7 adults in California have diabetes (California Department of Public Health, University of California, San Francisco).  About 11.4 million Californians are also estimated to have pre-diabetes.

For more information on the American Diabetes Association and future fundraising events, please visit or call 1.800.DIABETES.

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