Purple Ticket to Health: Ravens And MedStar Health Raise Diabetes Awareness With New Initiative


The iconic Ravens Walk on the way to M&T Bank Stadium. (Credit: Jacob Baumgart/ Patch)

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens, together with MedStar Health, have rolled out a new initiative encouraging the flock to lead healthier lives and raising awareness of potential diabetes risk factors.

The Purple Ticket to Health program allows fans to complete a short digital health assessment that helps them identify potential diabetes risk factors.

Completing the brief questionnaire also grants fans a chance to win a multitude of prizes, ranging from game day tickets and exclusive event access to signed merchandise, with the assurance that all health data provided remains fully confidential.

Star Ravens tight end Mark Andrews is the face of the campaign, a player deeply familiar with the realities of living with diabetes. According to the UMass Chan Medical School, Andrews was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at nine-year-old.

Despite the challenges posed by the condition, including constant monitoring of his blood sugar levels both on and off the field, Andrews has managed to perform at the highest level of his profession.

In his "Type 1 Diabetes Success Story," Andrews said he doesn't let the condition stop him from achieving his dreams.

"Type 1 diabetes is a significant challenge, but I'm determined not to let it hinder my work or my life in any way," Andrews said. "This condition is a part of my identity, but it won't determine my destiny or obstruct me from reaching my dreams."

The Purple Ticket to Health program, sponsored by Novo Nordisk and insurance company GEHA in conjunction with the Ravens and MedStar Health, welcomes fans to learn more about the contest and online health assessment on the Ravens' official website or by visiting the Purple Ticket to Health booth on Ravens game days and at team community events.

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