To raise awareness for diabetes testing, the American Diabetes Association and Mayor Michael Coleman are hosting events for "Step Out to Fight Diabetes" this fall.
On Oct. 10, the ADA and Coleman are hosting a free lunch for people who get free diabetes testing on the statehouse lawn at Broad St. and High St. (or RiffeCenter lobby in case of rain).
This event will run from until with food and music. There will be the opportunity to get diabetes blood testing and hear personal thoughts and stories from Mayor Coleman and Walk Youth Ambassadors Jeanette Anderson, age 9, and Austin Ellington, age 13.
Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, with nearly 21 million Americans and over 1 million in Ohio alone. Diabetes has the highest rate of death anywhere in the country due to complications. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 out of every 3 children born after the year 2000 may develop diabetes in their lifetime. Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in , killing more people than AIDS or breast cancer.
Each year, Step Out to Fight Diabetes is the premier fund-raising walk of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). All funds raised from Step Out to Fight Diabetes are used in support to find a cure for all people affected by diabetes.