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Washington Mystics All-Star Guard Alana Beard is an expert at dribbling a basketball on the court, but Beard has taken on a new challenge: fighting diabetes.

The four-time WNBA All-Star has joined the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s Basketball Association (WNBA) and the NBA Development League in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and Sanofi US to kick off the Dribble to Stop Diabetes campaign.

The “Dribble to Stop Diabetes” campaign will be holding arena nights at WNBA games featuring on-court activity and public service announcements. The PSAs will feature Beard along with NBA Legends Walt Frazier and Chris Dudley and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. Teams will also provide fans with diabetes educational materials.

“Our main goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of diabetes prevention,” said Beard, who added that after researching the disease, she was surprised at how widespread it was in the United States. “Every 20 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.”

According to statistics, 26 million Americans have diabetes and nearly 19 percent of all African Americans older than 20 have diabetes.

What’s even more alarming is that 7 million Americans remain undiagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

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article courtesy of Eurweb.com

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