ATLANTA (October 19, 2012) – Sen. Nan Orrock (D- Atlanta) and Women In Government are pleased to release a public service announcement (PSA) on the complications of diabetes and the importance of managing the disease.
Sen. Orrock and Marjorie Maginn, president of Women In Government, invite the media to contact them regarding interviews or information on the PSA or the Diabetes Health Challenge: Educate, Empower, Engage campaign.
In November of 2011, Women In Government, in partnership with sanofi and the Discovery Channel, created a series of PSAs with the goal of highlighting the dramatic effect diabetes has on the U.S. and the health of its citizens.
Sen. Orrock, a member of the WIG board, applauds this partnership, saying, “We have an alarming incidence of diabetes in Georgia. We are reaching out to inform our constituents about the serious threat of diabetes and to connect them with available resources to both prevent and manage this disease.”
Click link to watch and download Sen. Orrock’s diabetes PSA: http://www.womeningovernment.org/files/media/audio/06_Nan_Orrock.wmv
Women In Government’s Diabetes Health Challenge campaign seeks to educate, empower, and engage legislators and the public about the impact of diabetes in their states and to collaborate with communities, advocacy groups, medical professionals, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, and policymakers, in the fight against diabetes.
Quick Facts on Diabetes
An estimated 26 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes. In 2010, the rate of diabetes in Georgia was 13.59 percent, according to the Institute for Alternative Futures. If current trends continue, Georgia’s rate of diabetes could reach almost 17.89 percent by 2025, affecting an estimated 2,046,896 people. Furthermore, in 2007, the direct and indirect cost of diabetes within the state amounted to $5.1 billion, a significant financial figure.
About Women In Government
Women In Government Foundation, Inc. is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators providing leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums, and educational resources. Women In Government serves all 1,744 women who serve in state legislatures from across the country. For more information, visit www.womeningovernment.org/diabetes. For more information or to contact Maginn, please contact Libby Derting, Director of Policy & Programs at 202-333-0825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Immediate Release:
October 19, 2012
For Information Contact:
Natalie Dale, Director
Kate Greer, Broadcast Specialist