Taking Steps Towards a Healthier Lifestyle

Diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States, affecting nearly 26 million people. Racial and ethnic minorities have a higher burden of diabetes, worse diabetes control and are more likely to experience complications of the disease, which can be compounded by obesity and a lack of exercise. However, leading a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity, and taking medication if prescribed can help control diabetes and reduce the risk of serious complications.

Emmy®-award winning actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, dancers from the hit televised dance competition So You Think You Can Dance,and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have teamed up to launch a national education and wellness program, the T2 Dance Crew, to encourage people with type 2 diabetes to increase physical activity as an important part of managing their condition. Program resources are available in both English and Spanish online at www.T2DanceCrew.com, where campaign ambassadors Debbie Allen and So You Think You Can Dance fan favorites Fik-Shun and Janette Manrara share their inspirational stories and lead an instructional dance video series in simplified Hip Hop and Latin dance styles.

Debbie Allen is an award-winning actress, director, dancer, choreographer and author. Ms. Allen is world-recognized as a dance icon for her Golden Globe® winning portrayal of Lydia Grant on the television series Fame. She was honored as the first recipient of the Astaire Award as Best Dancer for her work on Broadway. Ms. Allen has started in multiple Tony Award® winning productions and has a long list of directing, producing and acting credits for television and film.

Dr. Aguilar  is a private practice physician and is currently the Medical Director of Diabetes Nation, a nonprofit organization focused on uniting healthcare providers to share novel models of diabetes care. Dr. Aguilar earned his medical degree at UC Irvines California College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center and Long Beach VA Medical Center. Dr. Aguilar has served as a member of the American Diabetes Association Advisory Board and the Latino Health Care Provider CE Planning Committee. He is a national lecturer on the diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus.

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