This Sunday, November 14, is World Diabetes Day! This annual campaign, symbolized by a blue circle, started in 1991 and has evolved over the years to raise awareness and educate the public about diabetes. Here are some great examples of how communities all over the world have been painting the town blue to raise awareness:
And in the US:
- Major US landmarks across the country will be turned blue today, including the St. Louis Missouri Civil Courts Building, the LAX airport gateway pylons, and the California and Tennessee State Capitol buildings.
- The Atlanta Hawks basketball team are offering screenings along with information promoting awareness at their home games last Friday and this afternoon. The team has also given away 200 tickets for each game to local volunteers to come in support of WDD.
Around The World:
- Over 7,000 people are expected to gather at the India Expo Center today to form the world’s largest ever (blue) human circle and try to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
- In Hong Kong, over 1,000 people are expected to participate in the annual World Diabetes Day walk organized by Diabetes Hong Kong.
- The City Hall of Nairobi, Kenya turned blue yesterday–the first time a landmark in East or Central Africa has joined the Monument Challenge to light up blue during National Diabetes Month!
There are so many wonderful things happening around the globe to call attention to diabetes, it’s impossible to include them all but there is an extensive list here: http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/events/upcoming
You can do your part to help bring diabetes to light by:
- Lighting a blue candle in your home, school or workplace
- Light a monument in your village, town or city
- Get an official message of support from your local governmental representative
- Put a virtual candle on your site
Here at Joslin Diabetes Center, we’ve transformed our website logo (http://www.joslin.org) to the WDD blue circle. How are you planning on celebrating WDD?