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Defeat Diabetes Foundation Announces Martial Arts Defeat Diabetes(R) Community Action Project(TM)

Friday, June 13, 2008 General News J E 4
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FT. PIERCE, Fla., June 12 Defeat Diabetes Foundationannounced the launch of their next diabetes awareness program: Martial ArtsDefeat Diabetes(R) Community Action Project (MADDCAP(TM)), a historic healthcurriculum designed for Martial Arts schools focusing on diabetes awarenessand prevention. The program is the result of a unique collaboration betweenDefeat Diabetes Foundation Executive Director Andy Mandell -- Mr. Diabetes(R)and Martial Arts Master Teacher Tom Callos.

"Children are at great risk for developing diabetes and are also the mostlikely to benefit from diabetes prevention information. We developed thisfirst of its kind program with martial arts schools in mind since theyprimarily serve children and young adults, but it could easily be used byother youth related organizations such as the Scouts or Y programs," saidMandell.

"This potentially life-saving curriculum includes information about thedisease, the risk factors, warning signs, complications and ways to preventthe disease through nutrition and physical activity," he concluded.

"Martial Arts schools will also share this crucial information withintheir respective communities through local schools, youth groups and othercivic organizations. The net result will be a visible and active resource forbasic diabetes information, and the positive and healthy advantages of amartial arts education for both youngsters and adults," added Callos.

Why diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic and preventable health condition that has reachedepidemic proportions. 22 million Americans have diabetes and one third isundiagnosed. 54 million are "pre-diabetic" and are at risk for developing thedisease.

Defeat Diabetes Foundation

Defeat Diabetes Foundation (DDF), is dedicated to creating awareness aboutand preventing diabetes. DDF provides 3,000 pages information on theself-management of the disease at http://www.DefeatDiabetes.org. Publicinformation programs include KIDD Project, DAN Project, and The Wake Up andWalk(R) Tour.

Tom Callos and THE 100

Led by Master/Teacher Tom Callos, http://www.tomcallos.com, and guided bythe principle of bringing martial arts philosophy "Out of the Dojo and intothe world". THE 100 are martial arts citizen-teachers who are expanding themeaning and curriculum of self-defense education to include more than blocks,kicks, punches and throws. They embrace a brand of self-defense that includesawareness for the way we treat our planet, ourselves, our family, neighborsand community, and the way we consume, think and behave.

SOURCE Defeat Diabetes Foundation
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