American Diabetes Association Receives Grant from Aetna to Support African American Community Outreach

The American Diabetes Association received a check from Aetna for $17,500 on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, at the Second Arnold Baptist Church, 1427 East 37th Street, to support their African American Community Outreach Programs.

Southeast Georgia and Coastal South Carolina Leadership Board Chairwoman, Paula Kreissler, accepted the check on behalf of American Diabetes Association. Community leaders in attendance included representatives of 100 Black Men, Savannah and Chatham County elected officials, educators from the Historically Black College- Savannah State University, and local African American faith-based leaders.

On the heels of new statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control in June which revealed that almost 14% of African Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes, the American Diabetes Association announced the expansion of Project Power, an outreach program for the African American community in the Savannah area.

Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

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