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The City of Atlanta is Joining the Fight Against Diabetes
Posted Date: 9/25/2012 11:30 AM

Please join the City of Atlanta in the fight against diabetes on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Grant Park. Register today to walk in the American Diabetes Association’s signature event, “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes.” Registration and check-in begin at 7:30 A.M. The walk starts at 8:30 A.M.

A registration sheet is attached. Please fill it out and return it to Councilmember Bond’s office either by fax @ 404-658-7986, email it to mbond@atlantaga.gov or drop it off in Suite 2900 on the second floor of Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW.

The City’s team is captained by Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1999, city employees will step out and walk with the American Diabetes Association (http://www.diabetes.org/) at its annual fundraiser and awareness walk on Saturday, September 29 at Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE.

District 12 Councilmember Joyce M. Sheperd will co-captain the City’s team.
The Atlanta City Council adopted a resolution supporting city employee’s participation in the American Diabetes Association’s 2012 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes signature event.

“After I was diagnosed with diabetes, a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, I made a commitment to educate my community about the effects of this disease and to do all I could to prevent diabetes from hurting anyone else,” Councilman Bond said.

Said Councilmember Sheperd, “Diabetes is affecting a growing number of Americans. Whether you have been diagnosed, or someone close to you has, we must join together to bring greater awareness to this disease and support the work of the American Diabetes Association. I commend Councilmember Bond for taking the lead to build the City of Atlanta’s team.”

It’s estimated that 10% of Georgians have been diagnosed with diabetes. And that diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in Georgia. Nationwide there are more than 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the population, who have diabetes.

The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors appear to play roles. Walking is one of the easiest, most relaxing forms of exercise for many people, but especially for those living with diabetes. Walking helps control blood glucose levels in people with diabetes and improves overall quality of life. It is also an activity that can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people at risk. Walking can give you more energy and help relieve stress. You don’t need expensive equipment — just a good pair of walking shoes!

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN JOIN TEAM ATLANTA:
Contact the Office of Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond at 404-330-6770 or mbond@atlantaga.gov. For more information and to register for the walk, visit: http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/StepOut/AtlantaArea?pg=entry&fr_id=7834.

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