Edmontonians Take a Step in the Right Direction!

A surprise diabetes awareness event stopped West Edmonton Mall shoppers in 
their tracks raising awareness and support for Canadians living with diabetes 
or prediabetes 
LAVAL, QC, Nov. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Hundreds of Edmontonians got their walk on 
this week raising awareness, as well as, $10,000 in the fight against diabetes. 
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West Edmonton Mall shoppers were unexpectedly cheered on by the antics of The 
Second City Communications improv troupe as they walked around a tiny race 
track (designed to resemble the International Diabetes Federation blue circle 
symbol for diabetes). 
For each person that walked the track, Sanofi donated $2 to the Canadian 
Diabetes Association, raising a total of $10,000, which will go towards 
helping to make a difference in the lives of Canadians living with diabetes or 
"At Sanofi Canada, we understand just how far a little awareness, motivation 
and encouragement can go in the fight against diabetes which is why, in 
addition to producing highly effective insulin and awarded blood glucose 
management devices, we put a great deal of effort and resources into helping 
to educate and support Canadians living with diabetes," says Jon Fairest, 
President and CEO, Sanofi Canada. "With this event, we want to send a message 
of hope to Canadians that taking control of blood glucose levels through a 
combination of exercise, nutrition and, if required, medication can help 
reduce the risk of developing long term complications of diabetes and help you 
to live a full and healthy life." 
The "A Step in the Right Direction" event, staged by Sanofi Canada and the 
Canadian Diabetes Association, helped highlight how even taking a small step 
in the right direction, can help to manage or prevent type 2 diabetes. 
Currently, more than 217,000 people in Alberta are living with diabetes and 
this number is expected to increase by at least 140,000 people by 2020(1). 
"The number of Albertans living with diabetes is increasing each year and in 
Canada, there are nearly a million Canadians living with diabetes that don't 
know it, because they have not been diagnosed," says Laura Kemp, Regional 
Director, Alberta and the North West Territories for the Canadian Diabetes 
Association. "With a healthy lifestyle, type 2 diabetes incidences can be 
prevented or reduced by 60 per cent — which is why it is critical for us to 
continue spreading awareness and education through public events." 
For more information about diabetes, visit: www.diabetes.ca and 
About Sanofi
Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, discovers, develops and 
distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi has core 
strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes 
solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging 
markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris 
(EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY). 
Sanofi companies in Canada include Sanofi Canada (pharmaceuticals), Sanofi 
Pasteur (vaccines), Sanofi Consumer Health (health and beauty), Genzyme (rare 
diseases) and Merial (animal health). Together they employ more than 1,700 
people across the country. In 2011 Sanofi companies invested $151.7million 
in R&D in Canada, creating jobs, business and opportunity throughout the 
About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian Diabetes Association is a registered charitable organization, 
leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live 
healthy lives while we work to find a cure. Our professional staff and more 
than 20,000 volunteers provide education and services to help people in their 
daily fight against the disease, advocate on behalf of people with diabetes 
for the opportunity to achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground 
towards a cure. Please visit www.diabetes.ca , join us on 
facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation, follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, 
or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464). 
(1) Canadian Diabetes Association (http://bit.ly/OkgBpp) 
For more information about the event or to coordinate interviews  contact: 
David Weinstein, Rebecca Crittenden, Nadine Rashad or Debra Quinn at  
Strategic Objectives: TEL: (416) 366-7735  TOLL-FREE: 
1-866-366-7733 E:rcrittenden@strategicobjectives.com 
For more information about the Canadian Diabetes Association contact: Randi 
Gill Communications Manager, Western Canada Canadian Diabetes Association TEL: 
(204) 925-3800, ext. 234 CELL: (204) 588-7724 E:randi.gill@diabetes.ca 
Video with caption: "Video: Edmontonians Take a Step in the Right Direction!". 
Video available at:  
Image with caption: "Carmen Wyton, Stakeholder Relations Manager, Sanofi 
Canada (holding cheque on left) and Cynthia Lebovics, Certified Diabetes 
Educator and National Education Manager, Sanofi Canada (holding cheque in the 
middle) present a $10,000 donation from Sanofi Canada to the Canadian Diabetes 
Association (CDA). Laura Kemp, Regional Director, AB & NWT, CDA (holding 
cheque on the right) accepts the donation on behalf of the CDA. Members of the 
Sanofi Canada team, Canadian Diabetes Association and the Second City 
Communications Comedy Troupe cheer them on! Photo: courtesy of Sanofi.ca (CNW 
Group/SANOFI CANADA)". Image available at:  
Image with caption: "A family takes two minutes out of their shopping schedule 
to Take a Step in the Right Direction! They race around a tiny blue circle 
track showing their support of Canadians living with diabetes. Photo: courtesy 
of Sanofi.ca (CNW Group/SANOFI CANADA)". Image available at:  
Image with caption: "Sanofi Canada team celebrates reaching their $10,000 
donation goal for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Photo: courtesy of 
Sanofi.ca (CNW Group/SANOFI CANADA)". Image available at:  
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