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Step Out Walk with Atlanta City Council

Join the City of Atlanta in fighting against diabetes. Captained by Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1999, city employees have routinely stepped out and gone walking with the American Diabetes Association at its annual fundraiser and awareness walk at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 25 at Grant Park (840 Cherokee Ave SE).

 “After I was diagnosed with diabetes, a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, I made a commitment to educate my community about the effects of this disease and to do all I could to prevent diabetes from hurting anyone else,” Councilman Bond said.

It’s estimated that 10% of Georgians have been diagnosed with diabetes. And that diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in Georgia. Nationwide there are more than 23.6 million people, or 8% of the population, who have diabetes.

The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors appear to play roles.  Walking is one of the easiest, most relaxing forms of exercise for many people, but especially for those living with diabetes. Walking helps control blood glucose levels in people with diabetes and improves overall quality of life. It is also an activity that can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people at risk. Walking can give you more energy and help relieve stress. You don’t need expensive equipment — just a good pair of walking shoes!

Please join the City of Atlanta in the fight against diabetes on September 25th at 8:00 A.M. at Grant Park as city employees walk for the American Diabetes Association’s signature event, “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.”