In order to fill the dire need for diabetes prevention in low-income Latino communities in which health disparities and other social inequities are so pervasive and resources are few, the LDA (Latino Diabetes Association) provides aggressive community diabetes prevention, self-management, and wellness programs in the most underserved communities of metropolitan Los Angeles County to reduce or eliminate the diabetes epidemic and its many complications.

The LDA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in the Los Angeles area city of Montebello, CA. Since 2004 we have provided free diabetes prevention and self-management educational programs to underserved and mostly uninsured Latino low-income communities. Diabetes affects various ethnicities disproportionately such as Latinos, Native-Americans, African-Americans, and Asian groups. In Los Angeles County, almost half of the 650,000 diagnosed and reported diabetes cases are Latino!

We believe in the grassroots, practical, and culturally relevant approach to community diabetes prevention and control. Our diabetes prevention program called "Lucha / Fight Against Diabetes" is an 8 week course; once a week for 2 hours each. These classes are instructed by bilingual and culturally sensitive health care professionals such as Certified Diabetes Educators, Nutritionists, Registered Dieticians, and other guest educators. Classes are always free and we usually serve 30 to 40 participants in each class. All programs are open to any ethnicity but we can only assist in English or Spanish. We refer participants to free or low-cost community clinics, medication assistance programs, and many other programs and services from either nonprofits or governmental entities to reduce the many barriers to health and wellness.

Other LDA programs include "Mi Vida Yoga", "Sabor y Sazón" healthy cooking classes, Supportive Services, Diabetes Peer Support Groups, and Advocacy. We are based in Montebello, CA, just east of downtown Los Angeles. Depending on funding, our programs are instructed in local non-intimidating venues such as churches, libraries, community or senior centers, and public housing projects. The LDA relies heavily on individual and foundation grant funding for our programs. For more information, please call us at (323) 837-9869 or visit www.LDA.org