Kansas Diabetes Advocate to Visit Capitol HIll

For Immediate Release: Contact: Marta Howell mrshowell2007@gmail.com; (816) 838-5725

Kansas Diabetes Advocate to Visit Capitol Hill to Urge Congress to Take Steps to Stop Diabetes®

Gardner, Kansas, Feb 27, 2013 – More than 200 American Diabetes Association (Association) volunteer advocates from across the nation will join together in Washington, DC on March 5-7 for the Association’s premier national advocacy event, Call to Congress. During this time, Marta Howell, a Diabetes Advocate from Gardner, Kansas, will meet with her Members of Congress asking them to make diabetes a national priority and support efforts to Stop Diabetes here in Gardner.

Attendees will include children and adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, family members of individuals living with diabetes, researchers and health care professionals. All participants are deeply committed to diabetes advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels. Mrs. Howell has a personal connection to diabetes: her mother, father, sister and mother-in-law all have type 2 diabetes. This is her second time participating in Call to Congress.

During scheduled meetings with Members of Congress, Mrs. Howell and the other diabetes advocates will urge Members to make a strong federal investment in the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. Specifically, advocates will ask Members to allocate funding for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, provide funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation and support funding for the National Diabetes Prevention Program—all programs grounded in research and dedicated to fighting the nation’s diabetes epidemic.

“Call to Congress provides diabetes advocates from across the nation with an opportunity to shine a spotlight on this deadly epidemic and urge Congress to make meaningful investments toward the fight to Stop Diabetes,” said Gina Gavlak, RN, BSN, Chair, National Advocacy Committee, American Diabetes Association. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that by 2050 as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes unless steps are taken to prevent this. Congress must act now to fund vital diabetes research, treatment and prevention programs that could curb the trajectory of this disease and ultimately save lives.”

With nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes, and another 79 million with prediabetes, this disease affects every community across the nation. During Call to Congress, Diabetes Advocates will share their story with Members of Congress to put a name and a face to this epidemic and urge Members to join the Congressional Diabetes Caucuses. The Senate and House Diabetes Caucuses educate Members about diabetes and support legislation that improves diabetes research, prevention, education and treatment.

While in Washington, DC, in addition to meeting with Members of Congress, Mrs. Howell will participate in a series of trainings with other Call to Congress participants that will help enhance advocacy efforts back home in their local communities.

For more information about Call to Congress, please visit http://www.diabetes.org/advocate/events/call-to-congress.html

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.

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