WDD Activities: send us your event information
With 14 November now four months away, it's time to start sending us information about the awareness activities that you will be organising all over the world to mark World Diabetes Day. Whether it is a blue lighting, a diabetes screening, a physical activity event or an activity involving children and young people, let us know what you will be organising:
A selection of events will also be featured in this newsletter in the remaining months and weeks leading up to 14 November.
If you are still in the early stages of planning your World Diabetes Day activity, get some inspiration from our WDD Campaign Book or visit our image gallery on Flickr to see how the day has been marked in recent years.
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Have you pinned a personality?
We are counting on you make the blue circle universally recognised as the symbol for diabetes awareness!
Over 100 personalities from around the world have so far been pinned with the blue circle and shown their support for diabetes awareness. Check out our complete gallery.
In Peru, the Asociación de Diabetes en Niños y Adolescentes (A.D.I.N.A) recently organized a special event where local personalities with diabetes were presented with the blue circle pin. These included journalist José Mariño, actor Ricardo Tosso, comedian Manolo Rojas and professional swimmer Stefano Ratto.
If you have requested and received our blue circle pins and managed to pin one or more public figures in your area, please send us the pictures so that we can feature them in our online gallery. You can either post your picture(s) on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have identified a pinnable personality but do not have any blue circle pins, you can request them from email@example.com.
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Get your campaign materials
A selection of awareness materials are available for you to use in your local activities for World Diabetes Day:
Posters: our official 2012 campaign posters promoting the importance of diabetes education and healthy living environments are currently available for download in 14 languages. Print copies in English, French and Spanish can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to translate the posters in your local language, you can request the source files from email@example.com.
All our 2009-2013 campaign posters, highlighting different aspects of the five-year campaign, can also be downloaded in multiple languages.
Campaign video: view our 2012 animation highlighting the importance of diabetes education for the health and well-being of future generations. We encourage you to share and embed the video on your website or blog and also screen it at public events. Visit our YouTube Channel to see all our videos.
Online resources: help increase awareness of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes by sharing our interactive Blue Circle Test which allows individuals to learn whether they may be at risk of the disease and what actions they can take to prevent or delay it.
You can also learn about the Glycaemic Index (GI) and the role it can play in helping to manage your diabetes with our online Glycaemic Index Wheel. If you have local foods that you would like to see included on the Wheel, send them (along with the related GI values) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merchandise: pins, bracelets, flags and t-shirts are at your disposal to show your commitment to the global diabetes cause. Find out how to order.
Also available is our blue World Diabetes Day waist measuring tape to raise awareness of the link between waist circumference and the risk of type 2 diabetes. You can request quantities from email@example.com.
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Spotlight on a WDD Hero: making a difference in Haiti
World Diabetes Day heroes are inspiring individuals active in the diabetes cause or engaged in motivating and leading others to take steps towards healthier lifestyles. Every week the World Diabetes Day website is showcasing an individual who has been nominated by someone for their efforts to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes and those at risk.
In this month’s newsletter we feature Carole Aarons-Lebrun, who has dedicated herself tirelessly to inform, educate, and provide assistance to disadvantaged people affected by diabetes in the city of Saint Marc, Haiti. In memory of her husband Pierre-Richard, who died of complications of diabetes, Carole decided to create, with the help of a few friends and family members, the Centre Info-Diabète CIDIA-PRL to provide information about the disease to her local community. The Center is a non-profit organisation that provides classes on diabetes, conducts screening days, and helps people with diabetes to manage their condition. CIDIA-PRL has become a reference in the Artibonite region and Carole struggles daily to find the funds for its day-to-day operation.
Read more about Carole's work.
If you know someone like Carole or one of the other heroes featured on our website share their story with us!
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Spotlight on a WDD Champion: Fundación Chespirito
This month's featured World Diabetes Day Champion is the Fundación Chespirito IAP from Mexico, created in 2007 to meet the needs of children in the areas of education, health and social and family integration. The Foundation develops and funds programmes aimed at the prevention, care and research of diabetes and obesity in children and also develops and distributes education manuals.
One of their main programmes is "Chavos Más Sanos® Razones de peso para sumar esfuerzos®" (Healthier Children – Good reasons to join forces), which included the distribution of over 10,000 booklets to schools and NGOs, in collaboration with the Federación Mexicana de Diabetes. The Foundation is also working with different political institutions from which they have received proposals to regulate and standardize criteria to prevent and reduce the impact of NCDs.
"It is an honour to receive this recognition and to be part of the effort to protect our future by supporting research, care and prevention of diabetes,” said Paulina Gómez, Responsible for Corporate Communications for the Foundation.
See all our Champions.
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News in brief
Give Banting a Doodle, Google! sign the online petition asking Google to honour the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the great man to whom people with diabetes owe so much. #Doodle4Banting
Share your healthy recipes: healthy nutrition is a fundamental part of good diabetes management and of efforts to prevent the further rise of type 2 diabetes. If you have a healthy recipe that you would like to share with us, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will feature them on www.worlddiabetesday.org.
Virtual blue circle: our friends at DiabetesZentrale.de are attempting to achieve a virtual blue circle by collecting thousands of Facebook likes in the run-up to 14 November. Find out more and support their efforts!
Picture of the month: Nascar Camping World Truck Series driver and IDF blue circle champion Miguel Paludo, pictured with his son Oliver at last week’s UNOH 225 race in Kentucky USA, where he scored his sixth-consecutive top-15 finish of the season and continued to promote diabetes awareness. #BlueCircle Champion
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