Yesterday Gina Galvak shared her thoughts about diabetes advocacy and the way she likes to put a face and a voice on diabetes when she’s talking to Members of Congress in Washington, DC today. Now is your chance to share your story!
Today, you can participate in Call into Congress, a national, day-long phone-in advocacy event taking place across the nation. Support the more than 200 advocates on Capitol Hill today and call your Members of Congress and ask them to increase funding for diabetes research and prevention programs.
Here’s how you can get involved:
- 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, tell us how your call went! Thanks for joining our Call into Congress.
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