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Be a Champion of Change for the 2016 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes By Laura Kirchhoff, American Diabetes Association T eams are now forming for the 2016 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, the one-day signature fundraising walk benefiting the American Diabetes Association on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at Six Flags Magic Mountain located at 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia. Every dollar raised through Step Out plays an important role in supporting the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Participants are changing the future and making a positive impact in the lives of those affected by diabetes. Become a team captain and inspire others to become Step Out participants. Whether physical walkers or virtual supporters, your team will raise money in this inspirational event not only because nearly 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because everyone more than likely knows someone who is living with the everyday challenges of this disease. Public health officials estimate that nearly 10% of adults in Los Angeles County have diabetes. Researchers in a recent UCLA health study found an additional 46% of California adults have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetic. Early intervention via lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and increased physical activity, can help delay or prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. “Diabetes is a devastating disease that touches us all,” said Cassie Shafer, region vice president of the Southern California Region. “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is such a wonderful event for friends and co-workers to come together and help change the future of diabetes. The camaraderie and spirit that is enjoyed by participating in this event is priceless.” This year, more than 4,000 area residents will come together to be part of the Stop Diabetes® movement during the walk at Six Flags Magic Mountain. We need your help to achieve our goals! Once you register, you’ll be given your very own Step Out Center webpage with access to lots of tools to help fundraise. You’ll be able to customize the page with your reason for walking, send emails to ask others to join you or donate, and even download Facebook and Smartphone apps for online fundraising ease. And, of course, your Step Out specialists (Association staff ) will be here to help all along the way! There is no fundraising minimum to participate, but there are perks available at various fundraising levels. Raise a minimum of $100 and receive an event t-shirt and a FREE ticket to Six Flags Magic Mountain to be used on the day of the event. Register at www. diabetes.org/StepOutMagicMountain. Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes provides an opportunity for employees, friends and family to come together for a fun, healthy activity. It’s an event for anyone who wants to support the Association and raise critical funds that will help Stop Diabetes once and for all. ABOUT THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www. diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish. 21