There are only four months until World Diabetes Day. Here at Battling Diabetes we will keep you updated on the events leading to this November 14, 2008 event, celebrated world wide to encourage awareness of diabetes. It includes the 200 member organizations of the International Diabetes Federation and 160 countries, all members of the United Nations. The date, November 14, was chosen to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.
The logo of World Diabetes Day was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution.
The themes for World Diabetes Day present, past and future include:
2004: Diabetes and Obesity
2005: Diabetes and Foot Care
2006: Diabetes in the Disadvantaged and the Vulnerable
2007-2008: Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
2009-2013: Diabetes Education and Prevention
Global events are already being registered on the World Diabetes site. One in particular is the World Diabetes Day 2008 Monument Challenge.
The World Diabetes Day 2008 Monument Challenge aims to illuminate more than 500 monuments and iconic buildings in blue around the world on November 14. Helping to ‘Bring Diabetes to Light!’
See the map of currently listed monuments, ready to be lit up in blue, including the Empire State Building.
World Diabetes Day and YOU!
Register yourself and your diabetes event on the WDD site so that global activities can be counted.
The WWD site suggests these activities:
There are many ways to join in:
- Get a local monument to participate in the World Diabetes Day monument challenge.
- Organize an event with local politicians to mark World Diabetes Day and draw attention to the theme.
- Organize or participate in a community activity such as a walk, cycle ride, a human circle event, or a school-based activity.
- Participate as an individual and lend your support to the global campaign.
- Why not illuminate your home in blue or light a blue candle for World Diabetes Day?
Finally, checkout the book….
The World Diabetes Day Book that commemorates the United Nations first observance, November 14, 2007 of World Diabetes Day, has just been opened.