There are 25.8 million children and adults in the United States who live with diabetes. More than 1.9 million of those were diagnosed in 2011 alone.
Costs to care for all types of diabetes in the United States – including undiagnosed, pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes – averages $218 billion a year.
In San Antonio, we are double the national average with 14 percent of the community living with diabetes and growing at an alarming rate.
These startling numbers highlight the fact that diabetes is a major issue in our country that continues to grow. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) aims to stop diabetes, and it is implementing many programs to help reach that goal.
One of the biggest programs the ADA has developed to reach its target audience is the ADA EXPO, which has become a cornerstone of the ADA’s Stop Diabetes campaign. Across America, the EXPO’s main goals are community education and fundraising for diabetes research.
This year, 11 cities have been chosen to host the ADA EXPO in their region … and San Antonio is not only among them, but the only hosting city in Texas.
San Antonio has hosted the EXPO for many years, and it has seen positive outcomes increase over the years. In 2011, over 4,300 people attended the event, receiving information from more than 60 vendor booths. It is extremely important to keep this event in San Antonio and offer our community the resources and tools to manage diabetes.
The ADA EXPO committee has opted to keep many of the things that make the EXPO so effective. You will recognize several “zones” from previous EXPOs, including free health screenings, the Healthy Eating Mercado, cooking demonstrations, the Active Living Zone and Ask the Expert, among others.
This year, the EXPO will also introduce “pathways,” which will guide attendees through the event to receive information specific to their interests and needs. Through “pathways,” the ADA plans to provide even more education and information tailored to the specific situations of the attendees, including diabetes prevention, Type 1 information and Type 2 information.
Attendees will be able to receive valuable information about diabetes care from local companies such as Sole Support, One Source Medical Group, the San Antonio Food Bank and many more.
Without commitment from our community, this event could not take place. The ADA EXPO committee would like to thank all of our participants and volunteers. We look forward to a very successful 2012 EXPO.
The 2012 ADA EXPO will be held on April 14, 2012, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B. EXPO times are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and admission is free.
Other upcoming ADA events are Tour de Cure on May 19 and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on November 3. The ADA hosts “Por tu Familia” every year, along with “Project Power” for different cultural groups disproportionately affected by diabetes.
For more information on any of these events, feel free to visit the website at www.diabetes.org/sanantonio. You can also join the members of the Stop Diabetes movement and volunteer or make a small contribution to support the cause by calling your local office at 210-829-1765.