Ride 29 miles on a stationary bike first thing in the morning?  Sure, why not?   That was the invitation I got from the American Diabetes Association as a way to raise awareness of diabetes and to promote the 26th annual Tour de Cure on June 3rd.

Kristen Gibbs photo
Kristen Gibbs photo

Not only did I ride the 29 miles, but I also spoke with Clay and Liz while riding.  Why 29 miles?  It signifies the 29-million Americans afflicted with diabetes, a number that increases by 1.4-million every year.  But what's scary is that an estimated 8-million Americans are undiagnosed.  They have diabetes, but don't know it.

The American Diabetes Association Alert Day encourages everyone to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.  Diet and exercise are also important components of prevention and management of diabetes.  You can reverse the risk of diabetes and it's never too late to start.

The Tour de Cure is a natural fit for people who want to stay fit while at the same time helping raise money in the efforts to find a cure.  Funds from the Tour de Cure are dedicated to the medical research and to programs that help the 140,000 children and adults in Western New York diagnosed with diabetes.

There's five different routes and even a 5K Walk/Run.  All the information you need to register to ride or to volunteer at this year Tour de Cure can be found at Tour de Cure registration.



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