Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes Is Coming to L.A. County
Virtual kickoff event today opens portal for team registrations, launches outreach and fundraising opportunities
A focus on diabetes awareness, prevention, and risk management is coming to Los Angeles County as the American Diabetes Association® officially kicks off its Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes event campaign this evening.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who successfully introduced a motion that proclaimed September as the County’s designated month to support the American Diabetes Association’s hallmark event, has led efforts to rally L.A. County resources in support of diabetes fundraising and advocacy efforts.
As noted in the motion, nearly 50% of Los Angeles County employees and their families are living with diabetes or prediabetes – and that number is expected to rise. The L.A. County Department of Public Health’s website notes that in Los Angeles County, one out of 10 adults has type 2 diabetes.
“Tackling diabetes requires a united front and partnerships that call attention to this health issue,” stated Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “Designating September as ‘Los Angeles County Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes Month’ is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of adopting healthy lifestyles to prevent and effectively manage diabetes. This is more than just promoting an event. This is about cultivating a shared commitment to supporting people living with diabetes, and about building a supportive community.”
The Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes will take place on Saturday, September 30 at 9:00 a.m. at Rainbow Lagoon, located at 400 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. There is no registration fee, and individuals can also register as a virtual participant as of today. Youth 17 years old or younger who raise $30 or more receive recognition gifts at varying levels. More information is available here.
Anita Dominguez, Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association in Los Angeles, expressed her profound connection to the cause, underscoring the emotional resonance of the forthcoming event. “Behind the statistics are the stories of individuals and families impacted by diabetes,” said Ms. Dominguez. “Our Step Out event on September 30 stands as a moment of unity and resolute determination to enact positive change. With Supervisor Barger’s backing and the united effort of County Departments, we’re taking a substantial stride toward cultivating a healthier future for all.”
More information about Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes is available here.