Bayer HealthCare, Nick Jonas launch 'Simple Inspirations' contest

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — In an effort to motivate and support newly diagnosed diabetes patients, Bayer HealthCare has enlisted spokesman Nick Jonas for its latest contest.

Bayer's "Simple Inspirations" contest invites entrants to submit a 140-word piece — either lyrics, a poem or short essay — with an optional accompanying image that details inspirational thoughts they would share with someone recently diagnosed with diabetes. The contest, open to people with diabetes ages 13 years and older, will run until Oct. 3. Twelve runners up will receive a 2012 calendar featuring the inspirational thoughts and images from the winner and runner-up entries. The top inspirational thoughts and World Diabetes Day video will be posted on NicksSimpleWins.com. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to meet Jonas at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Los Angeles Walk to Cure Diabetes. , Bayer said.

Jonas, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 13 years old, said, "Through my work with Bayer, I am continually moved by the feedback I get from people who tell me that I've inspired them because of my diabetes. In turn, I am just as motivated by their diabetes stories. It's important to me to give back to others and support the diabetic community with opportunities to learn about diabetes and how to live a full life in spite of it. Through this Simple Inspirations contest, Bayer and I invite people already living with diabetes to use creative expression to help motivate newly diagnosed persons to manage their diabetes properly."

Interested entrants may enter their submissions on the website.