The American Diabetes Association is proud to bring the Family Fun Day of South Texas to the community this Saturday at Edinburg Municipal Park.

ADA Family Fun Day will be an exciting day for children with diabetes beginning at 7:30 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m. Children and their loved ones will be able to have fun and broaden the opportunity of kids ages 8 through 14. Children and families attending this event will experience outdoor fun while learning valuable lessons on positive diabetes management. ADA Family Fun Day promotes self-confidence, independence, peer support and fun.

Physicians, nurses, and community volunteers will be available to support and enable the children and their families to have a great fun-filled experience, to help them learn skills and habits for a lifetime of good health.

Teams come in all sizes — two or more people make a team! Corporations, friends and family, clubs and organizations and school groups build teams to walk for those who have been touched by diabetes. Get started today by selecting “Form a Team!”

When you walk, you help us stop diabetes. Walking is one of the easiest, most relaxing forms of exercise for many people, but especially for those living with diabetes. By participating in Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, you can get fit, reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and support the American Diabetes Association!

Other ways to get involved If you are unable to walk or you just want to help: there are many volunteer opportunities available. By volunteering, you can touch the lives of family, friends, co-workers and anyone else in our community who lives with diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is proud to be the leading provider of diabetes research and youth initiatives in the United States. Our first priority is not perfecting blood-sugar management but rather the safety of your child while they enjoy a traditional fun day experiences. ADA Family Fun Day medical staff provides each participant with the information and skills they need to live successfully with diabetes in any situation.

The ADA’s Youth Retreat includes medical supervision, lunch and snacks, American Diabetes Family Fun Day Team T-shirt, supervised activities and most diabetes supplies. The cost to provide this event is $75 per child; however, through the generosity of our donors and sponsors, the American Diabetes Association does not charge anything to attend this retreat.

Activities will include the H-E-B Sports Challenge with H-E-Buddy and Wayne McGarity formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, Wii Fitness Challenge, arts and crafts, canoe/kayak — Los Camino del Rio and a doctor’s discussion

Feria de Salud is the Latino/Hispanic outreach program for the American Diabetes Association in Houston. Feria de Salud is an outdoor community event intended to reach thousands with the important message that they may be at risk for diabetes. Diabetes affects nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States — more than 1.7 million here in Texas. It is the sixth leading cause of death in Texas; though it is the fourth leading cause among Hispanics and African Americans.

Since its inception in 2004, the Por tu Familia program and its major component Feria de Salud, have touched thousands of lives in the Hispanic community, where residents are often at lower economic incomes. Diabetes strikes nearly 1 in 4 Hispanic adults between the ages of 45 and 74 living in the U.S. Type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed in an epidemic number of Hispanic children. The increases are blamed in part on poor nutrition choices and lack of exercise. Feria showcases a spectrum of health services, diabetes care products, screenings, and health education information. Screeners will be on site to conduct free glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and vision tests.

You too can support the work of the American Diabetes Association. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Simply make your check out to the American Diabetes Association and send it to the ADA at: 1900 West University Suite 6-105, Edinburg TX 78539, ATTN: “ADA Family Fun Day.”

All Proceeds raised benefit and support the Rio Grande Valley.