Sunday, November 14, 2010

World Diabetes Day
November 14, 2010

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14th. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its association members. It joins millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007. The campaign draws attention to the issues of importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes in the public spotlight.

Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes Day theme for the period 2009-2013. The campaign slogan for 2010 is 'Let's take control of diabetes. Now.'

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement to mark World Diabetes Day 2010. World Diabetes Day comes at a critical moment in the global fight against this deadly disease and a host of other chronic illnesses that are causing both untold, needless suffering and holding back the development of many of the world's poorest countries." Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have diabetes, with most living in low- and middle-income countries. In 2005, an estimated 1.1 million people died from the disease, more than half being women. Diabetes deaths are likely to double in the next 10 years without urgent action. To view the entire statement go to the following link World Health Organization.

The Big Blue Test is a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF). It takes place every November 14 (World Diabetes Day). People with diabetes are invited to test their blood sugar at 2 pm (local time), do 14 minutes of activity, test again and share the results.

Employees at Novo Nordisk in Princeton New Jersey
honor World Diabetes Day 2010 and encourage everyone to get moving!

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