Press Release

American Association of Diabetes Educators Joins National Collaboration to
STOP Obesity

For Release May 6, 2009


Chris Martin, 630.670.2745,
Diana Pihos, 312.601.4864,

CHICAGO—May 6, 2009— Obesity costs the United States $116 billion in direct and indirect costs, making it one of the nation’s top public health threats.  As the government debates various health care reform strategies, several national health care groups—including the American Association of Diabetes Educators--have teamed up to develop strategies to curtail the damaging effects obesity has on America’s health.

Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance is a collaboration of consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurers and quality-of-care organizations united to drive innovative and practical strategies that combat obesity.

“As our leaders attempt health reform, they need informed guidance on obesity’s effect on the nation and the health system,” said Lana Vukovljak, MS, MA, chief executive officer of the AADE. “ AADE members provide a unique perspective that is derived from being on the front lines of helping those with diabetes battle obesity, and can bring fresh, but practical solutions to the table.”< /p>

Based at The George Washington University Department of Health Policy, the STOP Obesity Alliance is run by a steering committee that includes 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D.; American Diabetes Association; the American Heart Association; American Medical Group Association; America's Health Insurance Plans; Canyon Ranch Institute; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO); DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance; National Business Group on Health, National Quality Forum; Partnership for Prevention; Service Employees International Union; National Business Group on Health; Reality Coalition; and Trust for America's Health.

In its role as an associate member, AADE will participate in efforts to remove the barriers preventing greater national progress on managing and preventing the obesity epidemic.

About the AADE:
Founded in 1973, AADE was created by and for diabetes educators.

We are dedicated to providing our members with the tools, training and support necessary to help patients change their behavior and accomplish their diabetes self-management goals.

As a multidisciplinary professional association, AADE represents and supports the diabetes educator by providing members the resources to stay abreast of the current research, methods and trends in the field and by offering opportunities to network and collaborate with other healthcare professionals.

AADE is constantly working towards our vision of successful self-management for all people with diabetes and related conditions.