Rev Run and Novo Nordisk Issue Call to Action for Early Diabetes Detection
Hip-hop Legend Joins National Education Program to Urge Americans 45 and Older
to Learn Their Risk and Get Screened for Diabetes
PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 26, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Hip-hop icon Joseph "Rev Run"
Simmons and Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, have teamed up in a
multi-year national education program, Ask.Screen.Know., to encourage people
to learn their risk for diabetes and highlight the need for early diabetes
detection. As an ambassador for the program, the front man for the
influential RUN DMC rap group will appear in a national public service
announcement, host a series of local events across the country, and activate
his social media network of nearly 4 million followers to challenge Americans
ages 45 or older to learn their own risk for diabetes and talk to a healthcare
professional about getting tested.
"Watching my dad manage his diabetes, I know firsthand the impact that the
disease can have," said Rev Run. "Your health is worth the time. That's why I
joined the Ask.Screen.Know. campaign. I'm looking at my own risk of diabetes
and holding myself accountable for my health. I'm asking others to do the
According to recent estimates, as many as 1 in 4 U.S. adults are at risk to
develop diabetes. And the risk for African Americans is greater, as they are
two times more likely to develop diabetes than Caucasian Americans. Early
detection is important because diabetes can lead to serious health
complications, such as heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, high blood
pressure, blindness, nerve problems, and amputations.
Rev Run knows he is at risk for diabetes and is on a path to better health by
taking steps to lower his risk. Inspired by a strong support network comprised
of his family, healthcare professionals, and his fans, Rev Run implements
healthy eating and exercise into his daily routine. He also gets screened
regularly for diabetes.
Now in its fourth year running, the Ask.Screen.Know. campaign, sponsored by
Novo Nordisk, aims to reach the estimated 79 million Americans who are living
with prediabetes. In addition to a national public service announcement, the
campaign will reach the public through a dedicated website where visitors can
take a risk factor assessment test, learn about the specific benefits of
diabetes screening, and get links to diabetes resources. The website can be
accessed at http://www.askscreenknow.com/. The program will also utilize a
series of social media vehicles, including Rev Run's Words of Wisdom daily
inspirations on Twitter and an exclusive Twitter video chat to reach those at
"As a diabetes educator, I've seen the impact diabetes can have on a
community," said Jeannette Jordan, RD, CDE, Novo Nordisk. "Knowing your risk
for diabetes is the first step - because the earlier you know your risk for
the disease, the better you can manage it. Talk to your doctor regularly
about ways to keep the risk under control."
The American Diabetes Association recommends that those who are 45 years or
older get tested for diabetes once every three years, in particular those who
are overweight and have one or more risk factors such as family history of
diabetes, lack of regular exercise, high blood pressure, having had diabetes
during a pregnancy or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds,
or are members of particular race/ethnicity (African Americans, Hispanic
Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders).
"The diabetes epidemic continues to escalate and affects many communities
including African Americans at disproportionate levels," said Lori Moore,
Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Novo Nordisk. "Rev
Run has an important message for us as part of Ask.Screen.Know. – know your
risk, get tested, and take action."
With the launch of this campaign, Rev Run becomes the latest celebrity
ambassador to join the Ask.Screen.Know. program. The program launched in 2009
with Academy Award^® winner Olympia Dukakis and her husband, actor Louis
Zorich and continued in 2011 with actor Chris Noth.
About Novo Nordisk
Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 89
years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has
leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy, and hormone
replacement therapy. For more information, visit novonordisk-us.com.
SOURCE Novo Nordisk
Contact: Alyssa Bleiberg, Biosector 2, +1-212-845-5628,
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