FootSmart Urges Americans to Take Diabetes Risk Test and Get Smart

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Partnering with the American Diabetes Association, FootSmart Encourages People to Assess Their Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a large and growing problem in the United States...We want to do our part to battle this disease with them. -- Alan Beychock

FootSmart, a top 200 internet retailer of comfort footwear and lower body health products, is partnering with the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness for the 26th annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Alert Day is a “wake up call” asking Americans to take the Diabetes Risk Test to identify those who are undiagnosed and may possibly be at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Early intervention through lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes too late, which can lead to life-threatening situations. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or even preventing type 2 diabetes.

“Diabetes is a large and growing problem in the United States,” said Alan Beychok, CEO and founder of FootSmart. “Partnering with the American Diabetes Association is a natural fit for FootSmart because foot complications associated with the disease effect more of our customers and their families each year. We want to do our part to battle this disease with them.”

“The partnership between the American Diabetes Association and FootSmart has provided us with an outstanding resource for the millions of Americans already impacted by diabetes,” said Rena` Cozart, Executive Director, American Diabetes Association. “Since 2009, FootSmart has contributed more than $300,000 to the American Diabetes Association through customer, employee and corporate donations. Their commitment to health and comfort have helped us raise awareness and funding, while educating Americans on how to make smart choices for healthier lives.”

You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish), as well as information about diabetes and joining a Step Out event by visiting The American Diabetes Association on Facebook, or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).

FootSmart is a proud sponsor of the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Fight to Stop Diabetes program. Additionally, the FootSmart Health Resource Center ( features information about appropriate, assistive products for those seeking help with foot and leg issues associated with diabetes.

About FootSmart

FootSmart—a catalog and website retailer—is part of Benchmark Brands, Inc., an integrated, direct-to-consumer specialty retailer and product development company dedicated to providing smarter, better product solutions for foot comfort and lower body health. Started in 1989, FootSmart today offers more than 3,000 styles of comfort footwear in addition to health and pain-relieving products to keep America moving in comfort. FootSmart sources and designs many of its own proprietary products available only through the FootSmart catalog or website. They also carefully select products from more than 100 leading comfort footwear brands, including Aerosoles, Clarks, Crocs, Easy Spirit, Merrell, New Balance, Vionic with Orthaheel Technology, SoftSpots and more. Benchmark Brands is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with distribution facilities in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, visit and

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