American Diabetes Association's Step Out - Walk to STOP Diabetes
What is Step Out and how does it work? “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes is a family event for those who want to become involved in the community and help change the future of diabetes. Participants can walk as an individual or create a team and walk with friends, family, and co-workers.”
The annual walk educates, raises awareness and raises money to help fight diabetes and to help find a cure. The Red Stride program is made up of people who have diabetes these people become the “faces” of the disease. It has proven to be an effective manner in helping raise awareness when you can put a face or several with diabetes. It makes it more real for those who do not have diabetes.
The Red Striders wear a red ribbon during the walk so people know who has diabetes and who doesn’t. A message from Christine a founder of one of the Red Strider Programs - "On the day of Step Out, it is very important to recognize all of the people with diabetes," said Christine Schaeberle, founder of one of the first Red Strider programs in Colorado. "By wearing red hats that signify that we are living with diabetes, we are able to recognize people with diabetes who are taking steps to stop diabetes." Join Christine and other Red Striders in the movement to Stop Diabetes as they 'Step Out' this year wearing their Red Strider red hats.