National World American Diabetes Awareness Day Month Thing…
I haven’t quite figured out what the heck this month is called. Is it National Diabetes Month? National Diabetes Awareness Month? American Diabetes Month? Who knows?!
The point is, November is all about us (and U.S., but that’s an entirely different post). It’s the month designated to all these diabetic. So what are you going to do?
The World Diabetes Day website has a list of activities in different parts of the world that will be dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes. I’m sure many of these events will need volunteers, so if you’re interested, please check out the list and see if there is something going on in your neck of the woods.
Over here in the New York City metropolitan area, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Discovery Health and Novo Nordisk are hosting a Youth Forum at the ESPN Zone in Times Square from 11:30-3:30 p.m on November 14. The idea of the Youth Forum event is to “allow teens and young adults to share experiences and inspire, motivate and educate one another about how to live better with diabetes at this important life stage.” There will be a panel of semi-well known people with diabetes, including Formula 3 racecar driver Charlie Kimball, Miss Black USA 2007 Kalilah Harris (who I spotted in the current issue of JDRF’s Countdown for Kids) and country music star Steve Wariner. The Young Voices videos, which are videos of young adults discussing what the next President of the United States can do about helping people with diabetes, will also be announced.
In addition, the results from the DAWN (Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs) Youth WebTalk Survey, which is a study of 9,200 young patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals from around the world, will be unveiled. Since this year’s World Diabetes Day focus is on diabetes in adolescents, it’s perfect timing. You can also read about the DAWN survey in this month’s issue of Diabetes Voice, which is a publication of the International Diabetes Federation.
I will be attending the Youth Forum, and if you’re in the NYC area, so should you! If you’re planning on coming, RSVP by calling 240.662.2112 or emailing RSVP@discovery.com. Also be sure to let me know so we can meet up!
Anyone else doing anything special to mark National World American Diabetes Awareness Day Month?