R&B Singer-songwriter Angie Stone, whose debut Stax Records CD, “The Art of Love and War,” hits the airwaves this month, has teamed up with Eli Lilly and Company to launch the Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered (F.A.C.E.) Diabetes campaign to encourage African-Americans with diabetes to take control and learn how to manage their disease. Stone, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes eight years ago, will serve as the spokesperson for the F.A.C.E. Diabetes campaign, which launches in Chicago at Salem Baptist Church Children’s Ministry Building on November 10. Through a series of practical and sustainable programs in local communities, 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. “When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I was in total denial about my disease and its impact on my life. I didn’t understand the importance of following my doctor’s treatment program and making lifestyle changes to better manage my diet and my weight,” said Stone. “But through trial and error and working with my healthcare team, my diabetes is finally under control. I’ve joined forces with the F.A.C.E. Diabetes campaign because I want to be an example and encourage our community to get active and fearlessly face diabetes.” According to the American Diabetes Association, more than three million African-Americans are diagnosed with diabetes, and additional research suggests nearly one million African-Americans remain undiagnosed. For additional information about the F.A.C.E. Diabetes campaign and/or events, go to http://www.FACE-Diabetes.com.
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