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Call your Legislators and tell them to support diabetes funding – then tell us how it went!

On March 10, more than 200 Diabetes Advocates will descend on Washington, DC, to take Capitol Hill by storm. But they need your help to ensure our collective voices are heard!

They'll be meeting with their 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. 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.

Their 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:

  1. Pick up the phone and dial 866-459-1206.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

It's important for us to know how your call went – we need to know so we can tailor our message to lawmakers in the future!

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