American Diabetes Association, Maryland celebrates second year of Fabulous YOU! Program

The American Diabetes Association of Maryland has announced that a second cohort of women have completed Fabulous YOU! — a year-long, interactive learning experience designed to address diabetes management for women who are living with or are at high-risk for diabetes.

To honor their accomplishments, ADA Maryland will bring together over 150 powerful community business leaders for a luncheon celebration on November 10 at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.

“Our goal is to give women in Maryland the tools they need to take charge of their own health and live well with diabetes,” said David McShea, Executive Director of ADA Maryland. “We are tremendously proud of the 60 women who have participated in this year’s program. They have lost weight, reduced their A1C levels, started exercising regularly and changed their eating habits. Making those purposeful changes will not only impact their lives but also the lives of their family, friends and community.”

Currently, 12.6 million women in the U.S. are affected by diabetes and more than double that number are at high risk. In Maryland alone, over 600,000 residents are living with diabetes. The incidence of type 2 diabetes is more than double in the African American and Hispanic communities, putting these communities at a significantly higher risk than non-Hispanic whites.

Launched in 2015, Fabulous YOU! aims to address the health needs and challenges of women at-risk for diabetes by helping them understand that their health not only affects themselves, but the health of others. In its inaugural year, program participants saw a reduction in their A1C levels and lost up to 16 pounds during their journeys to healthier lifestyles.

As part of the Fabulous YOU! program, ADA Maryland provided interactive, educational diabetes sessions, which were complemented with cooking demonstrations, supermarket tours, fitness demonstrations, motivational talks and incentives. Participants were also connected to lifestyle coaches who supported them throughout the program. Additional health education was provided by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Johns Hopkins.

Anticipated program outcomes include:

  • A .5 reduction in A1C results for at least 25 percent of participating women
  • A 5 percent reduction in weight for at least 25 percent of participating women

Program partners include the University of Maryland — Midtown Campus, Johns Hopkins, Keswick and Reinvent U Boot Camp as the fitness partner. Sponsors of the Fabulous You gala include Cigna Health Insurance as presenting sponsor, Amerigroup, Bon Secours and the University of Maryland Medical System.

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About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) 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, the Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org.

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