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The movement is star-struck. Check out these celebrities who are putting their weight behind stopping diabetes.

After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Feb. 2011, during the highlight of his racing career, Ryan's approach in his life, career and goals in racing changed.

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Merisant Company has been a national sponsor of the American Diabetes Association® and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® since 1993 and we are very grateful for Merisant's continued commitment to the diabetes community!

Each year, the maker of Equal® Sweetener and Pure Via® – All Natural Sweetener with Stevia, has consistently supported the Association's mission to Stop Diabetes®. They create dedicated Step Out web pages for equal.com and purevia.com, and promote diabetes awareness messaging in a variety of media channels, including print, online and social media, as well as at on-site industry tradeshows around the country, to encourage employees, their constituents and people living with diabetes, to join the Stop Diabetes® movement.

With the 2015 Step Out walk season just around the corner, Equal and Pure Via will help kick off this year's Step Out in February by supporting the Association's "How Sweet It Is: Why I Step Out" Facebook campaign which encourages past and new walkers to tell us what's their sweet spot for choosing to participate in Step Out. In May, they will promote Step Out recruitment and registration efforts with a sponsored web and $75,000 Email Matching Gift Campaign. The registration campaign in past years has been met with great enthusiasm and success— raising match dollars in a matter of days, not to mention an increase in registrants and donations. We are equally confident that this year's campaign will again be a banner year!

Equal and Pure Via also support their local Chicago Step Out event with a corporate team; they are sponsors of our Featured Recipes web page and support awareness and prevention campaigns such as the Association's American Diabetes Month® and American Diabetes Alert® Month. To learn more about Merisant Company, visit our Corporate Supporters page at diabetes.org/about-us/corporate-support/national-sponsors.html.