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Call to Congress Update, 3-10-11

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(Please note that due to hectic schedules during the Call to Congress event any updates from Hillary Liber has been compiled from multiple text and email messages and might not be complete until she returns to provide additional information or make edits. Thank you.)

2 pm>

I just spent 7  hours meeting with legislative aides for Boxer, Feinstein ,Bilbray, Issa and Davis.  I also left personal hand written letters and packets with offices of Hunter and Bilbray. I even got to say “hi” to Bilbray as he left for a meeting. I cannot believe how positive and supportive all our Government representatives were. I feel so hopeful about the fight to Stop Diabetes. California is definitely leading the way!

I am tired from so many meetings – and so much walking!  But I feel so good about what we’ve accomplished today.  I hope lots of people have participated in the Virtual Call to Congress. If not please do it NOW! Thank you for your support. Having you with me made The day even better.

Hillary

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I just left the Caucus reception at 5pm in Rayburn House Office Building after our day of visits on the hill. I cannot express fully how emotional today was. I was so touched by the positive reception I received from all our elected representatives and their aides. There was a sincere interest in learning about diabetes, research and personal stories. We got a strong commitment of support for funding too.

One aide said “I appreciate all the information about the cost benefits (e.g. Spending $1 for each of the 79 million people with pre-diabetes will save $190 billion over the next 10 years), but we truly care as well about the personal impact of this disease. Becerra gave an amazing speech that diabetes is not Republican or Democratic, East or West, left or right. That instead, it affects us all and we must all work together harder than ever because it is getting more and more serious and we must help people with diabetes and their Families because that is ALL of us. He applauded what we advocates are doing and encouraged us to work harder and longer and never give up the fight.

I was very touched and recorded some of his speech. I will try to share that video when I’m home. We have much to do and I hope everyone will sign up to be a diabetes Advocate online. I also want to train a corps of Advocates in San Diego to help build relationships with our elected representatives so that we can be resources to them in the fight to Stop Diabetes!

Hillary

To learn more about Hillary please click HERE.

Become a Diabetes Advocate at www.diabetes.org/advocate

Thank you Hillary and all of the other Advocates representing the almost 200,000 diabetics in San Diego County and the 26 Million children and adults in the united States now living with the disease.  It’s going to take a large number of devoted advocates, like Hillary to help make a difference with this disease that is now classified as an epidemic.

ADA San Diego


Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

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

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Delicious Buzz, LCJ Media

American Diabetes Association Social Media Case Study 2011

(858) 224-2460, tiffany@deliciousbuzz.com

TWO LOCAL COMPANIES FIGHT DIABETES WITH SOCIAL MEDIA


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 buzz@deliciousbuzz.com 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: http://goo.gl/p2mM2 and here: http://goo.gl/PhC1o.

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 www.diabetes.org. Information is available in English and Spanish by phone and online.

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Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

February 3, 2011 at 12:48 am