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Hillary Liber represents San Diego at Call to Congress 2011 in Washington D.C.

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Yesterday, Tuesday, March 8th, our very own San Diego Advocacy Chair for American Diabetes Association, Hillary Liber, arrived in Washington D.C. to represent our support in the effort to Stop Diabetes.  She has been eagerly awaiting the chance to advocate to the the decision makers on Capitol Hill for diabetes research and prevention funding.

A little more about Hillary in her own words:

I am so excited to be going to ADA’s Call to Congress for the first time.  I have been involved with ADA since 1995 – first with the fundraising walk (then called Walktoberfest, and now Step Out to Stop Diabetes) and eventually with membership on ADA’s San Diego Leadership Board.  For the past year, I’ve served as Advocacy Chair, and I am “growing” into my role.  I have met with members of Congress and their staff to explain the ADA agenda, but this is the first time that I will do this in DC.  I’m looking forward to learning more about our agenda, to meeting all the great ADA advocates, and going to Capital Hill to meet with our representatives.
I have Type 1 Diabetes, so involvement with American Diabetes Association has been an important part of my life.  Not only have I connected with wonderful people, but I have learned so much.  I’ve also gotten help from ADA to get what I need to manage my disease – including and insulin pump, Symlin, and most recently a continuous glucose monitor.  Managing diabetes is hard work, and I volunteer with ADA for the millions of people who don’t have diabetes, because I don’t want them to get it.  Of course, I am also concerned about helping others manage – and supporting the loved ones who support us.

Besides my involvement in ADA, here are some other things I have done professionally and as a volunteer: special educator, college instructor, textbook sales and teacher training, classes for seniors — both active and in nursing homes, City of Hope SD director, Hadassah National Field Consultant Supervisor, writing and teaching writing, and volunteering with almost a dozen other organizations from Meals on Wheels to United Way/Combined Health Agencies to the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture. 

However, the most important part of my life are my family and friends.  I have 2 sons, one who is married to a wonderful woman and living in LA with my two incredible granddaughters, and the other who lives in NYC and will be married to a lovely young woman in May.  One of my life goals is to have 1000 friends because a great scholar once said that a person who has 1000 friends is extremely rich – and I agree.  So I like to joke that I am a professional friend. 

Therefore, I’m looking forward to making new friends at ADA’s Call to Congress!
I’ll keep you posted once I get there, in spare moments between activities, and then when I get back home and put what I’ve learned into practice! 

Hillary Liber
Devoted ADA Volunteer

We’ll keep you updated on her experience over the next few days here on our blog.  On our Facebook Fan Page and on our Twitter.  We’d love to hear from you too!  Let us know how you’d like to advocate to help Stop Diabetes by commenting on our blog posts or Facebook Fan Page page. and sign up to become an ADA advocate today! After all, it’s going to take all of us to STOP this epidemic!


Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm

What is ADA’s Call to Congress?

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Call to Congress in a way to advocate and support American Diabetes Association’s movement to Stop Diabetes with the decision makers at Capitol Hill.

On March 10th, 2011 more than 200 Diabetes Advocates will come together and storm Capitol Hill to tell Congress we need to Stop Diabetes! We need YOU to join that effort by being a part of Call into Congress. Call your Members of Congress on March 10th to ask for funding for diabetes research and prevention programs.

To participate, just follow these easy steps:

  • Pick up the phone and dial 866-459-1206.
  • When prompted, enter your zip code and press “1” to confirm you’ve entered it correctly. You’ll be connected to one of your representatives’ offices.
  • When a staff person answers, ask to speak to the health aide.  Tell the health aide you are a constituent and you strongly urge your Representative/Senator to support the American Diabetes Association’s request to increase 2012 federal funding for diabetes research and prevention programs.
  • Most calls will end there, and you’ll be connected to another one of your representatives. But if you want to add more, you can remind them:
    • Funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation, and the National Diabetes Prevention Programs is essential to preventing, treating and eventually curing diabetes.
    • Stopping diabetes will save taxpayers millions of dollars that would be spent on treating diabetes complications like blindness, amputations and kidney disease.

Once you’re off the phone, tell us how your call went! Thanks for joining our Call into Congress.

Want to know what else you can do to help Stop Diabetes?  Sign up now to get action alerts via email and become a Diabetes Advocate!

To learn more, view our past Call to Congress videos here:


Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

Robert Henry, MD, (San Diego), Named President, American Diabetes Association

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For Immediate Release


Robert R. Henry, MD, of San Diego, CA, Named President, Medicine & Science, for the American Diabetes Association

ALEXANDRIA, VA (January, 2011) – The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®, is pleased to announce that Robert R. Henry, MD of  San Diego, California has been named President, Medicine & Science for the Association.

As President, Medicine & Science, Dr.Henry is one of the principal officers of the American Diabetes Association.  He will also serve as the principal spokesperson and advocate for the Association regarding diabetes-related medicine and science issues.

Dr. Henry is also currently Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego, Chief of the Section on Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism and Director of the Center for Metabolic Research at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

Dr. Henry has served on numerous local and national American Diabetes Association committees and task forces, while participating in many fundraising events over the years. His national service with the Association includes a term on the Board of Directors and the Research Foundation Board of Directors, as well as appointments to the Professional Practice Committee, the Publications Policy Committee, the Research Grant Review Panel and the Research Policy Committee.

On the local level, Dr. Henry is the Past President of the American Diabetes Association’s San Diego Community Leadership Board.  Additionally, for the past four years he has been the top individual fundraiser for the San Diego Tour de Cure cycling event.  He has also participated in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, the development of the San Diego Research Committee and has made numerous presentations in the community on behalf of the Association.

“Dr. Henry is an invaluable volunteer for the San Diego Area office.  His generosity of time and talent is unequaled.  It is with great pride that we congratulate Dr. Henry on his new role and look forward to working with him this year,” said Jim Godes, American Diabetes Association Community Leadership Board Chair.

As a researcher, Dr.Henry has primarily focused on exploring insulin resistance in human cell culture systems of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue and in people with diabetes. He is considered one of the premier investigators in the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Henry has received more than 60 diabetes research-related grants and awards, including an American Diabetes Association Research and Development Award and the Association’s Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award for his research on the mechanisms of insulin resistance in metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Well-known within the international diabetes research community, Dr.Henry is frequently invited to share his work at premier research events worldwide.

Dr. Henry received his Medical degree and completed his residencies in internal medicine and endocrinology at the University of Manitoba Medical School. He received his pre-medical science training at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada and received post-fellowship training in diabetes at the University of Colorado in Denver. His Board Certifications include the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is also a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy.  Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050, unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.


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Two local companies fight Diabetes with Social Media

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To view Release on website please click here: ADA Social Media Case Study 2011




CONTACT: Delicious Buzz, LCJ Media

American Diabetes Association Social Media Case Study 2011

(858) 224-2460,


SAN DIEGO, FEBRUARY 2011 Delicious Buzz, a local Communications Agency specializing in public relations, social media and event campaigns, in partnership with LCJ Media, a local digital marketing agency specializing in mobile marketing and social media management are launching a full scale social media Case Study Campaign for the Greater San Diego Office of the American Diabetes Association (ADA SD).  The Campaign will combine innovative PR and social media strategies to boost overall involvement in ADA SD.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has 98 Chapters all over the 50 United States.  The National ADA headquarters office in Alexandria, Virginia regulates and implements everything happening locally at all of the 98 Chapters.  Social media strategies currently implemented for ADA are very minimal including basic national accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).  A small amount of volunteer managed social media sites and accounts for individual Chapter offices or specific events (Step Out Walk, Tour de Cure, etc.) are available.  This is the norm for non-profits attempting to stop an epidemic under tight budgets with limited staff.

In walk local companies, Delicious Buzz and LCJ Media both specialize in social media development and management.  Tiffany Melone, Founder of Delicious Buzz, explains, “We see a need and a platform for change within nonprofit public relations, communications and fundraising. Technology isn’t slowing down.  Eventually we will all need to take advantage of social media avenues or risk losing our markets.”  A combination of innovative PR and marketing strategies will reach current and new consumers in the San Diego area through cost effective, on the go, 24/7 social media strategies.  “This is a ‘give the people what they want’ generation and we plan to do exactly that.”

Today, nearly 26 million Americans—including more than 200,000 in the county of San Diego who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7 million Americans are unaware that they have the disease.  If present trends continue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050.

If you are directly or indirectly affected by Diabetes, are involved with ADA, or are a scientist/researcher/doctor in a field relative to Diabetes please contact to get involved with the Case Study.  We are looking for volunteer and guest content, blog writers, tweeters, thought leaders, etc.  You can read more about and follow the different stages of the Study on both Company’s Facebook pages here: and here:

For more information on Diabetes and/or Diabetes related programs and events please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information is available in English and Spanish by phone and online.


Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

February 3, 2011 at 12:48 am