Diabetes Awareness Month Initiatives
As many of you know November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day. During the month of November people affected by Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, MODY, LADA, and any other form of Diabetes come together to let the general public know more about Diabetes and try to dispell any myths that people may have about the disease.
When it comes to Diabetes Awareness Month there are MANY different initiatives that you could join if you wanted to help with Diabetes Awareness. I have made a list of them for you to look over and see if any of them are something that you would like to participate in. This is not an all inclusive list so if you know of an initiative that is not listed please share it and I will be happy to add it.
Big Blue Test - The Big Blue Test is a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation that encourages people with diabetes to test their blood sugar, exercise for 14-20 minutes, test again and share their experience on BigBlueTest.org. For every test, people with diabetes in need receive life-saving supplies through Big Blue Test grants that are awarded to humanitarian diabetes charities in the US and around the world, made possible thanks to the program sponsor.
Blue Fridays - Blue Fridays is an initiative to bring attention to World Diabetes Day, and to advocate and bring awareness for diabetes and the people living with it. Diabetes is more than a national issue; it's a world epidemic. This year, I want to rally the diabetes community to celebrate World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month by asking people to wear blue every Friday during the Month of November and on World Diabetes Day (November 14). Please help spread the word and upload a picture of you or a loved one wearing blue.
World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange - The World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange promotes the use of creative visual expression by individuals affected by diabetes to build a worldwide diabetes community and raise awareness about diabetes. Participants in the Postcard Exchange are encouraged to use the blue circle as a visual element of their postcards to represent unity and collaboration, and increase the blue circle’s recognition as the global symbol of diabetes.
Light The Sky Blue in Kansas City - This year for World Diabetes Day, 11/14/13, Kansas City Type One is planning another light up the sky blue balloon release for 7pm CST. We will provide the balloons to you at no cost but we MUST have your count in NO LATER than 11/01 in order for us to recieve them in time for World Diabetes Day!!
JDRF T1D for a Day - Step into the shoes of someone living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for one day in an eye-opening text campaign made possible through the generous support of Lilly Diabetes. In just a single day, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the challenges people with T1D face.
Sign up today, or any day in November, and you’ll receive multiple text messages over 24 hours from professional snowboarder Sean Busby. Sean has lived with T1D for nine years and has backcountry snowboarded on six continents (including Antarctica!). Each of his messages will show you what it’s like to manage the blood glucose testing, insulin injections, and dietary choices that T1D requires every day.
Text T1D4ADAY to 63566. You’ll receive a confirmation text that completes your registration.
Wishing on a Star for a Cure - Kicking off Diabetes Awareness Month (November 1s) by wishing on a star for a cure. This has been a very popular event in the past and I think it's a great way to start the month
We would love to see you participate in any or all of these initiatives