November 3, 2008

American Diabetes Association to Be Honored With 2008 FREDDIE Award for Outstanding Public Service

The American Diabetes Association has received top honors in the 2008 FREDDIE Award for Public Service. This honor is given to individuals and organizations that create a greater public awareness of health-related concerns.

The American Diabetes Association was selected for its more than 65 year history and mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Association's strength comes from its cadre of passionate volunteers across the country that represents researchers, clinicians, health care providers, parents, children and loved ones united in the fight against diabetes.

"The American Diabetes Association is honored to receive this distinguished award and our success is a testament to our volunteers across the country who are unwilling to sit on the sidelines and are joining us to stand up to the greatest public health crisis of the next quarter century," said Larry Hausner, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association. "Every 20 seconds, someone is this country is diagnosed with diabetes, so our mission is an urgent one. With nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States living with diabetes, we must never lose sight that we are working to meet the needs of individuals across the country, each with their own struggle."

Through the commitment of its volunteers and staff, the American Diabetes Association continues to secure numerous victories on behalf of people with diabetes. One recent achievement was the Association's work with Congress to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. This legislation becomes effective in January 2009 and helps to protect people with chronic illnesses like diabetes from discrimination.

This is the first FREDDIE Award for outstanding public service awarded to the American Diabetes Association. The FREDDIE Awards honor the best in the year's health and medical productions and are considered the "Oscars of Health and Medicine." The MediMedia Foundation will host the awards with a star-studded black tie affair to honor award winners.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes 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 credit information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940 our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and 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 Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

 Contact: Tressa Kirby 703-253-4367 ext. 4367 [email protected]

SOURCE: American Diabetes Association