It’s hard to believe it’s already National Diabetes Awareness Month. The goal of this campaign isn’t to remind the 25 million Americans with diabetes of their condition, but rather to raise awareness among the general public. Here are some programs that promote disease awareness and do a great job of educating both diabetics and non-diabetics about the condition.
Big Blue Test ‘14
The Big Blue Test is an online, annual campaign that rallies communities to experience the impact that small changes can have on their health. It encourages people to first check their blood sugar, then immediately engage in 14 to 20 minutes of exercise, and finally re-test their blood sugar to record the drop. The goal each year is to get 35,000 people to take the test. A donation of $1 is made on each individual’s behalf to nonprofit groups that help those with diabetes. The results are published to help promote a healthy lifestyle.
Going Blue with IDF
The Belgium-based International Diabetes Federation (IDF), which created the November 14th observance of World Diabetes Day (WDD), produces a powerful voice for awareness and advocacy. The 2014-2016 WDD theme is Healthy Living and Diabetes. Among the activities the IDF is encouraging folks to take part in this year are “Go Blue for Breakfast” — a campaign showcasing healthy recipes from around the world that help people start the day off right; and the international “Blue Monument Challenge” — a campaign that asks advocates to get iconic buildings and sites in their country/city lit up in blue this year.
American Diabetes Association (ADA)
The ADA has a new initiative designed to inspire people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle: America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes is aimed at empowering us to cook nutritious and delicious food and be more active.
With more than 79 million Americans at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, we’re fortunate to have advocacy groups and online resources to educate individuals on the risks of developing diabetes. In an effort to help hospitals and healthcare systems promote awareness and provide a valuable resource for patients to learn their risk of developing diabetes, we developed the EVALIA Diabetes Risk Profiler. This evidence-based solution calculates patients’ 8-year risk of developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
What are you doing to help promote diabetes awareness this November?