Shaq Gets Down & Dances For Diabetes

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The American Diabetes Association announced the Diabetes Dance Dare campaign to raise awareness about the impact of diabetes and to empower people across the U.S. to get moving.

And retired NBA all-star, Shaquille O’Neal, got in on it the dancing too.

The social media campaign encourages people to record videos of their dances, share them online via Instagram or Twitter, and challenge others to dance and donate to the Association.

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“Everyone is impacted by diabetes – a disease that has grown in epidemic proportions to include more than 29 million people in the U.S. An additional 86 million have prediabetes, and nearly 90 percent are unaware of their risk,” said Kevin L. Hagan, CEO of the American Diabetes Association. “Our hope is that through the Diabetes Dance Dare, we will engage millions of individuals across the country, igniting conversations and generating funds to help us fight the disease.”

Diabetes Dance Dare participants are asked to share a video of themselves dancing via social media using the hashtag #DiabetesDanceDare. A 23-second long video could help signify this important diabetes statistic—someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes every 23 seconds. In addition to sharing their dance, participants are asked to “dare” three friends to also dance and donate to the Association.

One in 11 people in the U.S. has diabetes, and there is a new diabetes diagnosis every 23 seconds. Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce enough insulin or does not properly use insulin, a hormone that converts sugar and food into energy needed for life. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults; approximately 5 percent of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, affecting approximately 95 percent of people with diabetes, marked by higher than normal levels of sugar in the blood. Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to…