MEDIA CONTACT(S): Rachelle Khalaf Manager, Media Relations MEDIA: 713-442-4919 General Inquiries: 713-442-0000 Rachelle.Khalaf@Kelsey-Seybold.com PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Generic HTML Content Kelsey-Seybold and the American Diabetes Association Partner to BEAT Diabetes Page Content Signature event featuring 15 local restaurants to highlight the role diet plays in preventing – and managing - diabetes during Diabetes Awareness Month in November HOUSTON (October 23, 2014) – You have diabetes. These are words no individual wants to hear, and with these words come many questions. Will I have to take medication? How will I incorporate exercise into my daily life? What am I allowed to eat? Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have partnered to take some of the guesswork out of one of the biggest challenges patients with diabetes face – how to eat well and stay well – through a comprehensive community outreach campaign, "BEAT Diabetes," that will run during the month of November. "For many individuals, a diagnosis of diabetes can feel like the end of the world," said Victor Simms, M.D., co-chief of Internal Medicine at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "BEAT Diabetes will showcase how you can still live a full and satisfying life even with diabetes, but that doesn't happen without some change. Even small changes in your everyday life can improve your outcomes as a patient with diabetes – cutting out sodas or walking for 15 minutes every day are small changes that can have a huge impact on your health." "BEAT Diabetes" will offer Houstonians the opportunity to engage in informative webinars about life with diabetes, commitment campaigns to make lifestyle changes and a signature month-long event where Houston-based chefs and restaurants offer custom designed menu items that are ADA approved. For every menu item purchased, Kelsey-Seybold will donate 50 cents to the Houston Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, up to $5000. "In Texas alone, nearly 2-million individuals have diabetes and 500,000 of them are unaware that they have this illness," said Mary Bauman, Director of Mission Delivery, Houston Chapter, American Diabetes Association. "Diabetes is a 'silent killer' that leads to many chronic health conditions. BEAT Diabetes will highlight the importance of early testing and diagnosis and the significance of educating yourself in the fight against this pervasive disease." "Houston has a serious problem when it comes to diabetes. It is imperative that all adults are screened for the disease – and that those who are at higher risks for this chronic condition are monitored closely by a health professional," said Victor Simms, Associate Chief of Internal Medicine, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "In addition to regular screenings, we all need to do our part to stay well – that means living an active and healthy lifestyle – and for those with diabetes, controlling the condition." Houstonians interested in participating in the "BEAT Diabetes" community engagement events can visitwww.kelseybeatsdiabetes.com to learn more about the campaign, health tips, webinars and events as well as related activities. List of Participating Restaurants Artisan's http://artisansrestaurant.com/ Poached Tenderloin Arturo's http://www.boadacuisine.com/ Golden Tile Canopy http://www.canopyhouston.com/Canopy/ Snapper en Papillote Corner Table http://cornertablehouston.com/131-2/ Pan-Seared Trout Eleven: Eleven http://elevenxihouston.com/ Grilled Halibut Glass Wall http://www.glasswalltherestaurant.com/GW_Site/home.html Red Snapper En Papillote Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar http://holleyshouston.com/ Simply Grilled Fish Jonathan's The Rub http://www.jonathanstherub.com/ Fish Fume Kiran's http://kiranshouston.com/ Texas Redfish with Hatch Chili and Chimichurri Sauce Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette http://www.libertykitchenoysterette.com/ Simply Grilled Redfish Nara http://www.narahouston.com/ Pork Tenderloin Ninfa's http://www.ninfas.com/ Grilled Salmon Peli Peli http://www.pelipeli.com/ South African King Klip Sparrow http://www.sparrowhouston.com/ Salmon with Roasted Beet Sauce The Wyndham http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/texas/houston/wyndham-houston-west-energy-corridor/hotel-dining Barbecue Salmon, Black Bean & Corn Salad Webinar Details Diabetes 101 Presented by: Lindy Ly, M.D., Family Medicine, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Time: Noon Register Here: www.kelseybeatsdiabetes.com Diabetes Management Presented by: Tom Thomas, M.D., Endocrinologist, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Time: Noon Register Here: www.kelseybeatsdiabetes.com Media Opportunities Onsite cooking demonstrations by one of the participating chefs Special taste "preview" – call for details Recipe links on your website Q&A with a Kelsey-Seybold Clinic doctor and an American Diabetes Association representative Diabetes patient testimonial/feature stories Proclamation ceremony About Kelsey-Seybold Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 450 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 24 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 55 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 16 onsite Kelsey pharmacies, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for three consecutive years and is the only 5-out-of-5-star rated plan in Texas. Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, and Endoscopy Center.