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LifeScan Awards Prize For Athletic Achievement

Athletes With Diabetes Recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments

West Chester, PA, May 16, 2005 LifeScan announced the 2005 recipients of the LifeScan Prize for Athletic Achievement here at the annual meeting of the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association (DESA). This year's winners -- three athletes with diabetes who have distinguished themselves as role models for healthy living -- each received a $5,000 cash prize funded by LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company and a leading maker of blood glucose monitoring products for people with diabetes. The awards were presented by DESA, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and physical fitness. DESA's membership includes people with diabetes as well as healthcare professionals.

This year's winners are:

"Noah, Nikki and Jimmy are role models for all of us, and LifeScan is proud to join with DESA in honoring their achievements. Each of them has accomplished outstanding physical feats, despite having diabetes," said Charles Renfroe, Senior Manager, Professional Affairs, LifeScan, Inc. "The recipients of the 2005 LifeScan/DESA awards prove to everyone that diabetes should be viewed as a challenge to pursue your dreams rather than a life-sentence."

Three honorable mentions were also made at the annual meeting of the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association. They went to: Tony Cervati, 36, of Durham, NC, mountain biker and Reebok certified cycling instructor; Dave Nevins, 42, Boise, ID, bicycle racer and organizer of the nonprofit organization "No Limits" Boise Chapter; and Peter Hans Nerothin, 25, St. Paul, MN, outdoor extremist and Ironman triathlete.

DESA also presented its Lew Harper Memorial Youth Award for outstanding achievement by a young athlete. This year's winner is Michael Lee Watson, 19, of Wilmington, NC, a former high school football and lacrosse star who won various honors, including All-State and All-American. The award is named in memory of Lew Harper, founder of DESA.

Applications for the LifeScan/DESA award are accepted year-round and are available by calling DESA at 1 800 898-4322, through visiting the DESA Web site at www.diabetes-exercise.org, or by writing to DESA at 8001 Montcastle Dr., Nashville, TN 37221.

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Founded in 1985, DESA exists to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and physical fitness. Their goals include supporting and encouraging exercise among all people with diabetes. They seek members with type I, type 2 and gestational diabetes and those who offer them medical care and advice.

LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company and a leading maker of blood glucose monitoring products, is dedicated to creating a world without limits for people with diabetes. Every day, people with diabetes rely on the company's OneTouch® Systems for simple testing and accurate results. For healthcare professional resources, and information on diabetes care and LifeScan products and services, visit www.LifeScan.com.

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