Whether you have diabetes or not, you can join the 100,000 people who participate in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, a fundraising walk sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.

Step Out takes place in 95 cities nationwide, attracting walkers who have diabetes or those who have been affected by this disease.

Exercise is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle, but this is especially true for diabetics, whose blood sugar levels hinge on diet and physical activity. Walking is one of the easiest, most relaxing forms of exercise, and for people with diabetes, it may help control blood glucose levels. So, why not take to the streets, spread diabetes awareness, and raise money, all at the same time?

Step Out has been taking place for more than 20 years, raising about $150 million to stop diabetes. The event's goal is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people impacted by diabetes.

Whether on the streets of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, or other major cities, during the walk you might see a "red strider"; someone living with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes. They are given a red strider hat to wear on walk day and are recognized as a reminder of why people walk.

With new diabetes management devices hitting shelves every year, it's clear that together, we are making a difference. These strides in diabetes research are made possible by donations to help put an end to diabetes.

Have you ever participated in Step Out? Talk to other members on Diabetic Connect to see what they think of the fundraising walk. And visit the Step Out website to learn how you can get involved in their next event.

To learn more about exercise and diabetes:

How Morning Exercise Benefits Diabetes
Exercise Tips & Guidelines for Diabetics
How to Start a Diabetes-Friendly Exercise Plan