WORLD DIABETES DAY - THREE MONTHS TO GO
On 18 September, on the eve of the landmark United Nations High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NDS) at UN Headquarters in New York, the International Diabetes Federation, supported by several non-governmental health organisations, diabetes advocacy groups and leading diabetes and health bloggers, will be holding a mass awareness celebration in Central Park and the New York Academy of Medicine to engage the general public in the key messages and objectives of the Summit.
A wide range of activities will be held from 12pm onwards. These include a bicycle ride with members of Team Type 1 Diabetes, the first professional cycling team consisting predominantly of athletes with type 1 diabetes, and other fun initiatives aimed at promoting the importance of physical activity in the prevention and management of diabetes and other NCDs such as cancer, heart and respiratory diseases.
We encourage everyone who can to join us at the New York Academy of Medicine to produce a powerful and united voice for a healthy future, and show their support for the outcomes that we want the Summit to achieve. More details about the event.
Not able to make it but still want to show your support? Wherever you are, you can join the celebration by organising an awareness event in your town or city on September 18. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can take part and help make a difference.
'O is for Outrage'
Our campaign to convince US President Barack Obama to attend the Summit continues to gain momentum. If you haven't done so already, make sure to submit your postcard before August 31.
With World Diabetes Day, 14 November, less than 100 days away, planning is well underway all over the world to mark the day and build on the achievements of previous years. Whatever activity you have in mind - an awareness walk, a human blue circle, a blue lighting, a diabetes screening, a seminar or lecture for health professionals, a press conference, an event for children and young people, or simply raising diabetes awareness on your website of blog - make sure to share it with the global diabetes community by submitting your event information.
Interested in organising something but not sure how to go about it? Consult our campaign book or have a look at how World Diabetes Day has been marked in the past by visiting our campaign pool on Flickr.
Don't forget to take part in the Blue Monument Challenge by submitting a confirmed lighting to email@example.com. Over 900 buildings in landmarks in more than 100 countries brought diabetes to light in 2010.
The picture shows Dr Michael Massa from Ecuador at the start of his 700km 'Super-marathon' to raise awareness of diabetes and other NCDs.
Our five campaign posters - promoting the key messages of World Diabetes Day 2011 - are now available for download in the following languages: Arabic, Bangla, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. Download the posters in the language of your choice. We thank those of you who made these translations possible. If you are interested in producing the posters in your language, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget that print copies of the posters in English, French or Spanish can also be requested from email@example.com.
Participative video - 'Act on Diabetes. Now.'
14 September is the deadline to vote for your favourite 'Act on Diabetes. Now.' video and have the chance of winning a free registration to the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai - 4-8 December 2011. If you haven't already submitted your short 2-10 second video showing how you are acting on diabetes, make sure to do so at http://participativevideo.worlddiabetesday.org.
A new World Diabetes Day merchandise item is now available to order from the IDF online shop - http://shop.idf.org. Blue silicone awareness bracelets have been produced with the 2011 campaign slogan 'Act on Diabetes. Now' embossed on the outside. These are available to order in packs of 10. Place your order.
Other merchandise items including pins, flags, candles, Frisbees and waist measuring tapes can also be purchased from our online shop.
Get the latest World Diabetes Day news on:
- Facebook: Join the over 12,000 fans who are following us regularly on our English, French and Spanish pages.
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/wdd
- YouTube: View and share our 'Act on Diabetes. Now' animated video, available in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Swahili.
Rodrigo González Fernández
Diplomado en "Responsabilidad Social Empresarial" de la ONU
Diplomado en "Gestión del Conocimiento" de la ONU
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