(Orlando, Florida) November is National Diabetes Awareness Month a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to the impact of Diabetes. Nearly 30 million Americans have one form of diabetes - the primary types of Diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational, Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and an estimated 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
· The Orlando nonprofit Dancing for Diabetes focuses on Type 1 (once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes), an autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone that allows the body to get energy from food. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle and there is no cure. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
· Type 2 Diabetes is when the body doesn’t use insulin properly—which is known as insulin resistance. As a result, the pancreas makes extra insulin to compensate, but over time it is unable to keep up.
· In honor of World Diabetes Day on November 14th, Dancing for Diabetes is activating downtown Winter Garden with store front signage, special offers, promotions and an Instagram hashtag campaign. November 14th is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
· Dancing for Diabetes has raised over half a million dollars for Type 1 Diabetes research through their annual Dancing for Diabetes Show held each November. The 19th Annual Dancing for Diabetes Show will be held on Saturday, November 9th at the Bob Carr Theater in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for the show range from $15 to $35 each and may be purchased online at www.drphillipscenter.org.
“For those who have been diagnosed, diabetes impacts nearly every decision they make daily—from what they'll eat, wear, do and how they'll take care of themselves. Yet the 24/7 burden of diabetes management is often misunderstood. The goal of National Diabetes Awareness Month is to demonstrate the everyday reality that so many are living with and to offer support to those who have been diagnosed.” Elizabeth Forrest Founder, Dancing for Diabetes.
Dancing for Diabetes is a nonprofit organization based in Central Florida with a mission to spread awareness through the art of dance to better educate the community, raise funds to find a cure and inspire those with type 1 diabetes to live healthy and active lives.
· Set Interview with Elizabeth Forrest - Founder Dancing for Diabetes - Press Kit