Today is World Diabetes Day! I love the idea of "bringing diabetes to light". (btw- if you move your mouse over the match you can actually 'light' the candle! Cool, huh?) After all, that's what we are trying to do.
So what IS WDD?
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is 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 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 Nation 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 programmes.
What's the logo?
The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle - the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign. The logo was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution. The significance of the blue circle symbol is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the colour of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic.
You can find out more about the Blue Circle HERE.
Information taken from www.worlddiabetesday.org
How you can celebrate:
Type 1 Talk:
JDRF is having Type 1 Talk events all over the country. It's a time for you to join with other in diabetes community to learn more about what's going on a national and a local level.
Everyone will watch a Ustream video @ 3:00 pm EST featuring
* Dr. Aaron Kowalski (JDRF Assistant Vice President for Treatment Therapies) * Rachel Steinhardt (JDRF National Director, Marketing & Communications)
* Dr. Richard Insel (JDRF Chief Scientific Officer)
* Kerri Sparling (PWD, Diabetes Blogger at Six Until Me)
* Lorraine Stiehl (JDRF Volunteer of the Year & National Chair of Grassroots Advocacy)
* Rik Kirkland (JDRF International Board Member)
To find an event near you, Click HERE!
Watch a Video:
This video was made by Lorraine of This is Caleb. It is a wonderfully educational video for people of all ages!
This video was made by the Diabetes Hands Foundation. Watching it will give life saving insulin to a child in need. Come on - it's less than 2 minutes long. So what if you've seen it before? Do it again. It's THAT important.
Participate in The Big Blue Test:
1. On November 14 at 2 pm, test your blood sugar.
2. Get active for 14 minutes.
3. Test again.
4. Enter your results HERE.
WEAR BLUE and SAE it Loud!
Go to Sugabetic.com for more information!
But most of all...
Have a great day! Do something you love with those you love! Hug the people with D (PWD's, CWD's, D Mamas and Papas, and D Grandparents, too!) in your life a little tighter and let them know how much you love and support them. The support we have is the reason we get through the tough days... Knowing that TOGETHER we will CURE DIABETES!