World Diabetes Day: November 14


World Diabetes Day: November 14

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The goal of this group is to keep us all updated about what each one is doing to celebrate World Diabetes Day, November 14.

Celebrated every year on November 14, World Diabetes Day is a campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation and its member associations. It was created in 1991 by IDF and WHO in response to growing concerns about the escalating threat of diabetes worldwide. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007. This year sees the first of a five-year campaign that will address the growing need for diabetes education and prevention programmes.

The World Diabetes Day campaign calls on everyone to understand diabetes and take control.
For people with diabetes, the campaign slogan is a message about empowerment through education. For governments, it is a call to implement effective strategies and policies for the prevention and management of diabetes. For healthcare professionals, it is a call to improve knowledge so that evidence-based recommendations are put into practice. For the general public, it is a call to understand the serious impact of diabetes and know, where possible, how to avoid or delay diabetes and its complications.

The need for diabetes education
Diabetes can be difficult. The disease imposes life-long demands on the 250 million people now living with diabetes and their families. People with diabetes have to make a multitude of decisions related to managing their diabetes. They need to monitor their blood glucose, take medication, exercise regularly and adjust their eating habits. Furthermore, they may have to face issues related to living with the complications of diabetes and may be required to make considerable psychological adjustments. The future health of people with diabetes is largely based on the decisions they take. Because people with diabetes must deliver 95% of their own care, it is of paramount importance that they receive ongoing, high-quality diabetes education that is tailored to their needs and delivered by skilled health professionals. The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to establish access to diabetes education as a right for all people with diabetes.

The need for prevention
At present, type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. The environmental triggers that are thought to generate the process that results in the destruction of the body’s insulin-producing cells are still under investigation. Type 2 diabetes, however, can be prevented in many cases by helping and encouraging those at risk to maintain a healthy weight and take regular exercise. World Diabetes Day will promote greater awareness of the risk factors for diabetes and encourage best-practice sharing in diabetes prevention. The campaign will ask diabetes stakeholders to call on UN Member States to follow through on the promise of UN Resolution 61/225 on diabetes and develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes in line with the sustainable development of their healthcare systems.

Under Resolution 61/225, the UN has invited all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Diabetes Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of diabetes and related complications, as well as its prevention and care, including through education and the mass media.

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The World Diabetes Day logo
You can download the World Diabetes Day logo for use in communications with others, if you print flyers, etc.

Diabetes Forum

WDD Selfies App!

Started by Emily Coles Jul 14, 2014. 0 Replies

The World Diabetes Day 2014 campaign will mark the first of a three-year (2014-16) focus on healthy living and diabetes. This year's activities and materials will specifically address the topic of…Continue

Tags: IDF, International Diabetes Federation, diabetes day, apps, blue circle

World Diabetes Day Awareness Celebration in San Francisco, CA

Started by Emily Coles Oct 26, 2012. 0 Replies

Wednesday, November 14 at 5:00pm to 8:00pmJustin Herman Plaza and the Ferry Building, San FranciscoEach year…Continue

Tags: events, Nov 14, November 14, JDRF, Bay Area

Dance-A-Thon in San Francisco

Started by Emily Coles Oct 18, 2011. 0 Replies

This is a joint WDD celebration and fundraiser for our great local organization,…Continue

Tags: non-profit, diabetes, exercise, fitness, dance

First time in Lyon, France. What about your towns ?

Started by Brigitte. Last reply by Sarah Keech Nov 14, 2009. 16 Replies

A few days ago , Mr Philip, one of the mayors of my city, said Ok to light in blue, one floor of his city hall. There are 9 city halls in Lyon. It will be the first time ! And there will be a…Continue

Writing a letter to your editor about World Diabetes Day

Started by Manny Hernandez Nov 3, 2009. 0 Replies

You are still in time to do this. You can write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Here are some tips on how to go about it:…Continue

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Comment by Lorraine on November 4, 2012 at 7:51am

Caleb and I have worked with his school administrators to plan an awareness event each WDD. I wrote about the various things we've done as each year has been a little different to keep it interesting. This year I created a flyer that is downloadable and can be used by anyone to encourage Wearing Blue and completing the Big Blue Test. Find all the links and such HERE. I've tried to make it as easy as possible. Happy WDD!!

Comment by Emily Coles on June 14, 2012 at 10:35am

Five months to the next World Diabetes Day!!  International Diabetes Foundation just published an update filled with great info about this year's event.  Check it out!

Comment by jrtpup on November 9, 2011 at 10:51am

Katey, awesome! I especially love the there any way I can order a couple?

Comment by jrtpup on November 8, 2011 at 3:38pm

Katey, pics please?

Comment by IWANTOLIVE on October 25, 2011 at 12:53pm
What a great page. I am letting all my friends and family know about it so they can keep informed and maybe do something in their communities.
Comment by Emily Coles on October 18, 2011 at 10:59am

Dance Out Diabetes Dance-A-Thon!! Bay Area locals, please JOIN ME on the TuDiabetes dance team "Tu-Dance-A-Betes", which will compete with other local dance teams for fun and prizes.  Please contact me directly when you register, so we can be in touch about a team costume, etc.  :)

Comment by Katsz on October 11, 2011 at 7:46am
Once again... this day has sooo much significance for my son. He was diagnosed Nov. 14, 2009. Hard to believe has been 2 years now.
Comment by on November 12, 2010 at 2:38pm
Hey, my Tu Diabetes girlfriend has Type 1 diabetes, so I just started a campaign called 'Run To Stop Diabetes'. Visit for more info on the campaign & let me know what you think!! We're running the 2011 ING NYC Marathon to raise money & awareness for diabetes.
Comment by Kelly WPA on October 19, 2010 at 5:46am
Good idea Erin! Even if there is an official appeal going on, maybe if we all send them emails, they will get the hint and do it.
Comment by nel on October 18, 2010 at 6:25pm
Erin , good thinking !!
Our Parliament Buildings in Ottawa , Canada , were lit Pink by our Prime Minister and his wife . My hubby saw this on the news and we started an e-mail writing campaign to the Canadian Diabetes Ass'n Staff. Not sure, if the JDRF is in this too ...I forgot to ask .
I am actually holding my breath just may happen to be lit with blue lights .
Next is to ASK our Food Stores to put the blue circle in their flyers again , as done last year .
Our Shuswap Theatre will be lit as it was in 2009 .

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