The Fearless African Americans Connected and Empowered (F.A.C.E.) Diabetes campaign is a grassroots movement empowering African Americans to help individuals, families, and neighborhoods overcome key barriers to success in living with diabetes.
Supported by Eli Lilly and Company, corporate partners, national advocacy groups and local community organizations, the campaign’s goal is to help foster behavioral and attitudinal changes in areas critical to success in managing diabetes such as nutrition/cooking, physical activity, health, and overall well-being.
Lilly and the F.A.C.E. Diabetes campaign are helping African Americans with diabetes learn to better manage a disease that can lead to devastating complications if left uncontrolled. Lilly is committed to helping individuals achieve greater success in managing their disease by complementing therapeutic advances with campaigns like F.A.C.E. Diabetes that provide practical tools and local and culturally relevant community programs.
The web site www.FACE-diabetes.com, will help you learn more about your diabetes journey, and offer ways you can take control of your health through nutrition, exercise, and overall wellness.
Angie Stone’s personal story
Ten years ago when Angie was diagnosed with diabetes, she was shocked. She never knew her race and family history put her at such a high risk for the condition. Since her diagnosis, she has come to learn a great deal about diabetes and understands that African Americans are especially hard hit by the disease. That’s why she’s encouraging the community to come together to face diabetes!
Two years ago, Angie joined the F.A.C.E. Diabetes campaign because she wanted African Americans with diabetes to better understand how to control their disease. She recognizes the importance of connecting with diabetes educators and registered dieticians and arms herself with the tools and resources needed to effectively manage and treat her diabetes.
Angie knows the key to managing her diabetes is to eat healthy and stay active. Maintaining a regimen works for her. Now, more than ever, Angie is aware of how she treats her body. She monitors her sugar, salt, and starch intake and tries her best to watch what she eats. Angie chooses healthier options including salads, baked, not fried, chicken, and fish to satisfy her appetite. She also makes it a point to include fitness into her daily routine and prefers to walk for exercise.
Angie believes that you will find these simple changes are an easy start to begin embarking on a healthier lifestyle. If you’re unsure about changing your diet or exercise routine, talk to your healthcare professional about your personal diet or exercise regimen. Join Angie in her quest to fearlessly face diabetes!