Diabetes Awareness Month & World Diabetes Day

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14 is World Diabetes Day! We need your help to raise awareness about diabetes. Spread the word Southwest Florida!

Some sobering facts about diabetes:

  • Diabetes affects nearly 24 million Americans (7.8 percent of the population).
  • In the U.S., a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds; more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed each year.
  • Forty-one children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each and every day.
  • More than $174 billion is spent annually on healthcare costs related to diabetes in the United States.
  • Diabetes kills one American every three minutes.

World Diabetes Day Go Blue Campaign

Sydney Opera House, AustraliaThe “Monumental Challenge” campaign is to light iconic landmarks and building blue all around the globe to serve as beacons of hope to the millions of people worldwide living with diabetes. The Empire State Building, the Alamo, and iconic landmarks in countries as diverse as Iran, Russia, Slovenia, Peru and Sudan will be lit blue on November 14th in united against this devastating disease.

Ideas for YOU to Go Blue“!

  • Go Blue” at home by lighting your front porch or landscape lights blue.

  • Light a blue candle in your home or workplace

  • Put a virtual candle on your webpage. (See Links below)

  • Please send your “blue” pictures to floridasuncoast@jdrf.org!

Events in the Florida Suncoast Chapter ~

Syringe Garden at Edison State College

What is World Diabetes Day?

World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on November 14 with an awareness campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nations Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight. This year sees the second of a five-year campaign that will address the growing need for diabetes education and prevention programs.

World Diabetes Day Logo

The global symbol for diabetes is the blue circle to signify the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health and the color blue reflects the sky that unites all nations.

Thank you to Gina Dengler, Robin Froug, Kathy Herbst and Cynthia Kemp for working so diligently in bringing awareness to the communities we live in regarding Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day!

World Diabetes Day Links:

World Diabetes Day home page

Photos from 2011 “Monumental Challenge”

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NDAM Picture Gallery

Nov. 1, 2012 Sarah Owen (Administrative Assistant FL Suncoast Chapter) lights up their house in blue!