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Call into Congress to Advocate for ADA on March 10, 2011

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Join in the fight to STOP DIABETES! We’re asking for your help on our legislative side of Advocacy at the American Diabetes Association during this weeks Call to Congress in Washington D.C.

Today, March 10th,  we will have over 200 Diabetes Advocates from around the country taking Capitol Hill by storm telling Members of Congress how essential it is that they join us in the fight to Stop Diabetes.  Along with the meetings on Capitol Hill , we will also have a national Call into Congress day today, March 10th, so that advocates across the country can support our efforts on Capitol Hill.  We need the House and Senate phones to be ringing off the hook with Diabetes Advocates.  Please call in yourself and help us spread the word about Call into Congress by encouraging your friends, family, business associates, and social network contacts to do so as well. (You can call in any day this week.)

Are you on Facebook or Twitter?  Can you send a quick email to friends and family?  Please help any way you can.  Below are a few messages you can use as samples…

Many thanks!

ADA San Diego

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

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To help you spread the word about our efforts to stop diabetes in DC this week, here are a few messages you can use as samples:

Facebook/Twitter Messages:

Twitter: Over 200 Diabetes Advocates are in D.C. to make the case for #diabetes funding w/@AmDiabetesAssn Call to Congress. Back them up w/a call:http://bit.ly/h5z3Rt

Facebook: Over 200 Diabetes Advocates are in Washington, D.C. meeting with Members of Congress to make the case for diabetes funding as part of the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress. Back them up with a quick phone call to your reps: 866-459-1206

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Diabetes funding needs support – call your Members of Congress now!

Why call your rep now? Because over 200 Diabetes Advocates are making the case to legislators for diabetes funding as part of the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress. Join me & add your voice to make sure the message gets across! Call now: 866-459-1206

Send an email to your friends:

Dear Friend,

Today, March 10, more than 200 Diabetes Advocates will be in Washington, DC to take Capitol Hill by storm.  They will be meeting with Members of Congress to make the case that diabetes research and prevention programs are critical in the fight to stop diabetes. It’s all a part of the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress citizen lobby day,  I need your help to ensure our collective voices are heard!With 105 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes right now, we don’t have a moment to waste in the fight to stop diabetes.

You know how diabetes has impacted me [ADD a short statement like “as someone whose child lives with diabetes every day” or “as a doctor/nurse who sees the ravages of this terrible disease on my patients” or “as a lawyer who has helped people with diabetes who faced discrimination”].

Our message will make a lasting impact if it’s reinforced by your call to your legislators, right now. We need to make sure the phones on Capitol Hill are ringing off the hook telling Congress that diabetes is an epidemic that cannot be ignored.  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, click here or go to http://bit.ly/h3GsYf to tell to let the folks at the American Diabetes Association know how your call went! It will help them tailor message to lawmakers in the future!

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!

Thanks so much for your help!

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

 

 

 

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Written by American Diabetes Association San Diego

March 10, 2011 at 10:11 am