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Independence Blue Cross Announces Its Second Year Sponsorship of Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes
Date:9/9/2009

those suffering from diabetes, as well as those who are at risk of developing it. With nearly 200 Step Out walks throughout the nation, IBC hopes the Philadelphia event is an eye-opener for the region about the risks of diabetes.

Last year when more than 2,000 walkers participated in Step Out, the ADA raised nearly $400,000. This year the association hopes to recruit 2,500 walkers and to raise $415,000. The donations are critical to the ADA funding for research, education, and advocacy.

Championing people, programs, and services to help fight diabetes

IBC encourages associates, members, and the community to join the fall walk, and also continues to support its diabetic members through a variety of programs. The Connections(SM) Health Management Program targets members with diabetes and other chronic conditions through one-on-one support with health coaches. In addition, IBC offers six free nutritional counseling visits and fitness reimbursements for logging time at the gym to help members form or maintain healthy eating habits and exercise routines -- both of which can help members better manage, control, and prevent chronic diseases like diabetes.

"IBC's presenting sponsorship of Step Out truly demonstrates their dedication not only to their members who suffer from diabetes and other chronic diseases, but to the family and friends who care for them, and to the entire community," said Russell Moore, ADA executive director of the southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey region. "Step Out is a wonderful event for people across the area to come together and help raise money for a good cause. Each walker and every dollar raised will bring us one step closer to a cure."

    Join Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes

    Date:          Saturday, October 3, 2009.
    Route:         The 5k walk begins and ends at the Philadelphia Museu
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