WORLD DIABETES DAY - FOUR MONTHS TO GO
Save the Date: Show your outrage on 18 September
In less than 66 days’ time, the focus of the global diabetes community's attention will fall on New York where the United Nations General Assembly will host the High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), a potential turning point for the fight against diabetes and other NCDs. Taking place on 19-20 September, the Summit is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure commitments from Heads of State and a resource flow that match the scale of the global diabetes epidemic. The role of civil society is vital in building and sustaining momentum before, during and in the weeks, months and years following the Summit.
On 18 September, the Sunday before the start of the Summit, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is calling on everyone affected or concerned by the diabetes epidemic to show their outrage at the lack of urgent action being taken to address this serious global threat, by taking to the streets to raise awareness and show their support for the outcomes that IDF and its partners in the NCD alliance hope that the Summit will achieve. We are currently looking into holding a mass awareness event in Central Park, New York, and we encourage you to host a local event near you to join the celebration virtually. We will shortly communicate more details on how to take part and show your support.
In the meantime, we are working to ensure that as many Heads of State as possible attend the Summit. With the help of the American diabetes community and the blogs they write, we have launched a campaign to convince President Barack Obama to attend the Summit, with the hope that his intention to attend will inspire other leaders to take this issue seriously. Find out how you can help us at http://www.idf.org/O_is_for_OUTRAGE.
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WDD 2011 roundup
The main elements of the 2011 campaign, which calls on everyone to 'Act on Diabetes. Now':
Five posters have been developed to promote the key messages of this year's campaign, highlighting the serious effects that diabetes has on the individual and society, stressing the importance of appropriate access to essential care and treatment to effectively manage the condition, and raising awareness of the importance of healthy environments in the prevention of the further spread of the epidemic. Currently available in English, French and Spanish - with more languages on the way - the posters can be downloaded or requested in print form from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participative video campaign
What do you do on a daily basis to act on diabetes? Whether it is treating or working with people with diabetes, being a member of a diabetes-related association, supporting a family member or friend living with the condition, or just doing regular exercise to help reduce your risk, show and tell us how by submitting a short video and taking part in our Participative Video Campaign. Visit http://participativevideo.worlddiabetesday.org
to find out how to share your message with the rest of the world. Submit your video before 14 September and you could win a free registration to the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai in December. The video with the most likes will win the prize.
Blue Monument Challenge
Bring diabetes to light in your area by lighting a significant landmark or building in blue on 14 November or in the days and weeks leading up to the day. We've already received confirmations from El Salvador, the UK and the USA. Send your confirmed lighting to email@example.com or consult our lighting guide
to find out how to go about arranging one. This year we're encouraging everyone to associate a blue lighting with the promotion of the IDF International Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of People with Diabetes, a landmark document aimed at stopping all discrimination that people living with the condition currently face. All lightings will be featured on www.worlddiabetesday.org.
Blue Circle Test - learn about your risk of type 2 diabetes
Launched last year to raise awareness of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and promote the positive actions that individuals can take to reduce their risk, the Blue Circle Test is a user-friendly interactive tool that we encourage you to use in your local awareness events to engage the general public in learning about the disease. Visit www.worlddiabetesday.org/bluecircletest and make sure to share and embed the test on your website or blog. Currently available in English, French and Spanish.
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Get your campaign merchandise
A selection of items available for you to promote World Diabetes Day and use in your local awareness events. The main elements include:
Blue circle pin
Help promote the global symbol of diabetes by wearing and sharing the blue circle pin. Available to order in packs of 10 and now at a discounted price. Find out more.
World Diabetes Day flags
Ideal for use in public events such as walks and human blue circles. Available in two sizes and in four languages. Find out more.
Blue waist measuring tapes
Special blue tapes aimed at raising awareness of the link between waist circumference and the risk of type 2 diabetes. The tapes display information in seven languages. Find out more.
Blue circle awareness bracelets - a new item that we have produced this year - will be available to order as of August.
Visit our online shop to see all the items that we have available.
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Travelling the world for diabetes awareness
Øyvin Kyvik has been living with diabetes since he was 3 years old. Growing up, he never gave much thought to having the condition but as he got older he began to become more open about his diabetes. Now, at the age of 50 and with his condition well under control, he has embarked on a trip around the world with his family - http://elworldtrip.com. Øyvin is dedicating his expedition to people with diabetes and their families around the world, particularly those in less fortunate circumstances than himself and people newly diagnosed with diabetes who perceive the condition as a great challenge and a possible burden in their life.
Part of the trip will be done by car and the rest backpacking using public transportation. The family is currently travelling through Southern Africa and soon will cross the Atlantic to venture into the American continent. You can follow elworldtrip and show your support for Øyvin on the WDD fan pages on Facebook.
If you're planning a similar awareness initiative or have already confirmed an activity for World Diabetes Day, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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