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American Diabetes Association Kicks 0ff Hispanic Heritage Month
Date:9/10/2008

ADA Feria Introduces New Resources to Combat Diabetes in Local Community

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To celebrate the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month and to recognize those in the Hispanic/Latino population who have, or are at risk for, diabetes, the American Diabetes Association is hosting Feria de Salud, Por Tu Familia on Saturday, September 13 at St. Mary's Park in the South Bronx from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Actor Tony Plana, who currently stars as Ignacio Suarez, the widowed father in the ABC series "Ugly Betty" will be on hand to support ADA's outreach

Feria de Salud is an outdoor community event that captures the elements of a festive street fair while communicating the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices for the entire Hispanic/Latino family. Elements of this event include music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, nutritional information, and speakers on topics related to diabetes. For more information and directions visit http://www.diabetes.org/feria.

Through a grant from the Abbott Fund, a new Adult Prevention Toolkit has been designed specifically for Hispanic/Latino communities. Each toolkit contains educational materials, including bilingual brochures, recipe samplers, posters, and healthy lifestyle tip sheets. Community-based and faith-based organizations conducting outreach to Hispanic/Latino communities can order a free copy of the Adult Prevention Toolkit by calling 1-800-DIABETES.

Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States, affecting nearly 24 million children and adults across the country. This serious illness disproportionately affects Latino populations, who are nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes over the course of their lifetime as non-Hispanic whites. If present trends continue, nearly 1 in 2 minorities born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

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