World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide, bringing together millions of people in over 160 countries and uniting the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness. Every year, thousands of local and national events are organised by the member associations of the International Diabetes Federation and by other diabetes representative organisations, healthcare professionals, healthcare authorities, and individuals who want to make a difference.
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World Diabetes Day 2012 around the world
|The Albanian Diabetes Association is organising numerous activities during the whole month of November. Several talk shows and TV programmes will be organized locally and on national TV about Diabetes; a set of short awareness films will be released at the same time; A training programme for nurses and one for pharmacists will be launched and at least two sessions will be organized during the month; A diabetes exhibition will be organized on the 14th, with the participation of nutritionists and chefs from some well known restaurants who will advise on healthy foods and prepare recipies for the participants: well-known endocrinologists will give lectures about different problems related to diabetes; leaflets, magazines for people with diabetes and screening for unknown diabetes and blood glucose measurements will be offered for free. On the same day, a media conference will be organized for raising awarenness about diabetes, involving young people with diabetes, members of the association. On 17 November, National Conference "Diabetes 2012" will be held in Tirana, with participation of endocrinologists, GP, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authority.|
|Melbourne, Victoria: Diabetes Australia Victoria will be holding events for stakeholders, partners and consumers on November 14. These include, the blue lighting of Hamer Hall, the city’s premier concert venue, a social marketing summit for bloggers at the Grand Hyatt Hotel with Kerry Sparling from the US as the key speaker, the presentation of the Diabetes Australia Research Trust’s Millennium Grant and 20 seeding grants to diabetes researchers for their projects for the coming year, the Kellion Victory Medal ceremony for people who have lived with diabetes for 50, 60 or 70 years.|
|South Eleuthera District: On 17 November, students in grade five of each primary school in the district will be invited to construct a poster that depicts the theme of World Diabetes Day - Diabetes Education and Prevention. Children aged six and above will be encouraged to participate in a walk followed by a screening for weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose. The activity will also feature a fashion show/skit, healthy cooking demonstration and a booth for educational purposes. There will also be a Junkanoo rush-out with the theme "Rush against Diabetes" to promote the benefits of physical activity among the general public. The Bahamas is famous for its Junkanoo parades.|
The premier event held in Barbados, in celebration of Diabetes Awareness Month, is the Diabetes Global Village Expo. The two-day event, which is being held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre seeks to educate the public including persons affected by diabetes as well as medical professionals on the disease. The Global Village Expo seeks to provide a comprehensive programme which caters to our target audience. The event's diverse programme includes a Tradeshow Area, a diverse fitness programme, farmer's market, healthy dish competition, diabetes trivia competition, songwriting competition, ask the professionals segment, people's forum, medical symposium, entertainment with karaoke and local artists.
In addition to the Diabetes Global Village, the Diabetes Association of Barbados will also be hosting several events during the month. These include a Memorial Service for the late John M Grace, SCM (Former Director of the Diabetes Association of Barbados) on Sunday, November 11; a Blue Circle Drive throughout the island on November 14, 2012, during which blue circle pins will be presented to the principals of primary and secondary school; a radio Programme “Talk Yuh Talk” on Q 100.7FM at 9:00am on November 14; outreach at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Q.E.H.) on November 15; a fundraising Dinner on Friday, November 16 at the Plantation Theatre; a sponsored walk at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday, November 17; a World Diabetes Day Concert with The Royal Barbados Police Force Band at Prince Cave Hall, District A Police Station, Station Hill, St. Michael, and a bazaar Saturday, November 24.
The Federation of National Diabetes Associations (FENAD) will be holding their 15th annual nationwide campaign aimed at promoting diabetes awareness and the prevention of diabetes and its complications. Targeting over 1,000 cities, the campaign hopes to engage more than 1 million people in activities that include free screenings and tests for diabetes complications; walks; competitions for school children involving drawing, poetry and storytelling; and exhibitions promoting healthy nutrition. The association is also inviting local governments, institutions and laboratories to join the Blue Monument Challenge and light their buildings in blue for diabetes.
The Brazilian Diabetes Society (SBD) has unveiled its website dedicated to World Diabetes Day which encourages its members and the public to go blue for diabetes this November. It has also launched its version of Blue Fridays, inviting people to post pictures on Facebook of themselves wearing blue for diabetes and will once again be giving out awards to the best diabetes flash mobs organised throughout the country for World Diabetes Day. On 14 November, the Association will be holding a day-long awareness event in one of the main metro stations in the capital Brasilia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Catholic University of Brasilia.
The Juvenile Diabetes Association of Brazil (ADJ) will focus its awareness activities in Sao Paulo, where it will organise free diabetes screenings in a number of shopping malls and light several local monuments and landmarks  in blue to mark the day.
|Itabuna: Around 2000 ophthalmoscopic examinations and 2000 screenings for diabetic foot will be carried out on 14 November. There will be a Multidisciplinary Diabetes Fair open to the public with more than 20 booths and educational services (blood glucose, blood pressure, anthropometric measurements, nutrition workshop, workshop diabetic foot, self-monitoring, using insulin, cardiac orientation , ophthalmic guidance, legal advice, social security, occupational therapy and psychological counseling, guidance endocrinology, and physical education, among others). There will be a public celebration of World Diabetes Day on stage with representatives of local and national associations and the Secretary of Health of the State of Bahia, Itabuna Prefecture, among other authorities and representatives of organized society. The event will be broadcast live over 2 hours on TV RecordNews for almost the entire Northeast of Brazil. There will also be a television program within the Workforce with the presence of some national and local artists, interviews and all matters related to combating Diabetes, in addition to a massive campaign on TV for more than 1 month, in addition to print, radio and internet (www.mutiraododiabetico.com.br ). Lastly, 20 city landmarks and several homes and businesses will light in blue, and raise awareness of the blue circle.|
Canadian Diabetes Association celebrations:
Bass River, Nova Scotia: Students formed a blue circle at West Colchester Consolidated School. In total, 106 Students, Grades five through nine formed a circle around their auditorium with blue crepe ribbons held by each seated student. The students then counted to three and jumped up from sitting on the floor holding the ribbon and shouted “We Will Find A Cure!”
London, ON: The National Historic Site of Canada (the birthplace of insulin) located in London, Ontario. Banting House is where Sir Frederick Banting woke up with the idea that led to the discovery of insulin. He later won The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1923 for this discovery. The Canadian Diabetes Association not only preserves the historic significance of Banting House for future generations, but it also maintains the Flame of Hope as a a reminder to the world of what we are fighting for and building on Banting’s legacy.
On 14 November, approximately 1,400 students and staff from Sir Frederick G. Banting Secondary School walked for 30 minutes to raise funds for diabetes research. Later that evening, Banting House was illuminated in blue to recognize WDD and to launch the opening of the Dear Dr. Banting exhibit. The exhibit includes a collection of letters expressing their gratitude, struggles, emotional journeys and hopes for a cure, who have been touched by diabetes and inspired by the discovery of insulin. Also, a comparison of the letters written to Dr. Banting from 1924 to 1934 and from 2005 to 2012 is now on display at the museum, along with countless other Banting items of historical significance.
Regina, Saskatchewan: A diabetes risk assessment was held for Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and staff at the Saskatchewan Legislative, which provided valuable information to people who are unknowingly suffering from or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The risk assessment provided individuals with a blood pressure check, waist circumference measurement and risk factor questionnaire to catch danger signs for diabetes and diabetes complications. Healthcare professionals from the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region's Metabolic & Diabetes Education Centre were available to discuss information with participants on how to lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and make recommendations for follow-up. In addition, an MLA reception was held in the evening where MLA's were invited to hear about the severity of diabetes in Saskatchewan and learn about the Association’s Saskatchewan region’s advocacy recommendations to the government to help people living with diabetes in the province.
Sarnia: the Canadian Diabetes Association Sarnia & District Branch and North/West Lambton Community Health Centre is organising an information night and cooking demo entitled “Enjoy the Holidays….with all the Trimmings”. Diabetes Educators will be sharing their skills and cooking talents to spread the word about healthy eating.
|Bathurst, New Brunswick: The Vitalite Health Network diabetes education center will be hosting an education kiosk in the hospital for hospital employees. All of the educators will be dressed in blue and wearing the blu pins. They will be offering small fat free muffins with blue icing and will also be busy pinning personalites on November 14.|
|New Tecumseth, ON: The Council of the Corporation of the Town of New Tecumseth proclaims November 14 as World Diabetes Day in the Town of New Tecumseth. The Town urges all residents to help fight this disease by increasing awareness of the risk factors for diabetes, making healthy lifestyle choices and providing care and treatment to those living with diabetes.|
|Nationwide: On 10 November, many cities in North America and beyond will take part in the World Diabetes Day Photo Scavenger Hunt, organised by Connected In Motion, to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month. The purpose of the event is to get outside, connect with other people with diabetes, families and friends, and spread awareness about the disease. Teams of 4-5 individuals will be provided with a list of diabetes-themed items to find and take photos with. The photos can be uploaded online and entered to win some great prizes. In the coming weeks, team captains will have the chance to register their teams to participate. Find out how you can take part .|
|Barranquilla: 6th Caribbean Diabetes Fair on 17 November, focusing on diabetes education and prevention.|
|Puerto Limon: An awareness walk will be organised in the town centre involving associations and people with diabetes. There will also be diabetes-related talk shows on provincial radio stations and a Diabetes Fair in the main hospital of the Province. From 11 to 30 November.|
|Prague: On 14 November, medical students - members of the International Federation of Medical Students'Association from eight Czech medical schools will offer free medical checks (blood glucose, blood pressure, percentage of body fat etc). They will also educate people about diabetes - the management of the disease, prevention of type 2 diabetes and the different types of diabetes. Together with physicians and pinned personalities they will motivate people to take action, promote health and help stop the diabetes epidemic.|
|Copenhagen: the national chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes and Research Foundation (JDRF) will be holding a special gala and reception to mark World Diabetes Day. The reception is targeted at policy and decision makers in the health sector and aims, in an informal setting, to provide an update on the diabetes problem in Denmark and what we can do about it. It will include the presentation of concrete proposals and measures to reduce the risk of developing diabetes complications and making life easier for those affected by the disease. This will be followed by the "Rock the Cure" gala, which this year will have an 80s theme and feature the country's top artists performing to raise funds for JDRF's work in diabetes research. Both events will be held at the classic Moltkes Palæ in Copenhagen, which will light in blue for the occasion. Many prominent individuals will be in attendance and all will be asked to wear the blue circle pin and have their picture taken as part of the WDD Pin a Personality campaign.|
At the local and national level, the Danish Diabetes Association is engaging in several activities on World Diabetes Day both at national and local level. Focus this year is on awareness that type 2 diabetes is linked to family history and on prevention in high risk groups. A large screening and awareness campaign targeted at undiagnosed people with type 2 will be carried out in collaboration with around 100 Danish Pharmacists and Healthcare Centers all over the country. A large television campaign  will also run for two weeks from November 9, also focusing on family history, risk factors and prevention.
There is also a campaign toolkit that features:
In addition, several local branches will organising events and lighting buildings in blue.
|Throughout November, a touring campaign of 6 social events in 5 different governates (Cairo, Mansoura, Ismailia, Alexanderia, Menia) will be held to mark World Diabetes Day. The outdoor events will include: marathon races, music, giveaways for children, puppet shows, blood glucose tests, and educational lectures.|
|Ilopango: Special breakfast for people with diabetes and their families; HR managers of 40 local businesses will be invited to display diabetes prevention banners to raise awareness among their employees; Diabetes education messages will be broadcast throughout the week of 14 November.|
|San Salvador: On 10 November, more than 2,000 people from all over de country will meet at the "Monumento de El Salvador del Mundo" for a diabetes awareness walk that will finish at the "Monumento a la Constitución" in Cuscatlán Park. A Health Fair will also be held following the walk.|
|Nyeri Province: Education and screenings at Nyeri Provincial General Hospital from 25 November to 8 December.|
|Accra: On 14 November the Mega Fame Foundation will organise a forum during which health professionals will educate particpants on diabetes and how it can be prevented. This will be followed by a walk through the main streets of Accra - the capital city of Ghana - with people holding placards with information on healthy nutrition. The Foundation will also compose a song and shoot a video to raise awareness of the day.|
|Csetény: The Ármin Vámbéry Primary School is going to celebrate World Diabetes Day on 10 November. All the students and teachers are going to have access to free blood sugar test on the day and the children are going to be involved in different activities in connection with healthy living, such as making posters about healthy eating, making fruit salad, doing different kinds of sport, puzzles, crosswords etc. As part of the ‘Pin a personality’ campaign, all teachers will wear the blue circles at school and will also be joined by the local G.P., pharmacist, hairdresser and shopkeeper. At the end of the day, the school will form a blue circle.|
|Assam: Poster competition for school children, free blood glucose checks, drawing competition for people with diabetes, diabetes exhibition. Location: Jorhat.|
|Bangalore: all employees of Novo Nordisk GSC are holding a diabetes awarenes Walk/cycle ride, blood sugar and BMI test for all employees and those of nearby companies. Between 700 and 1000 employees are expected to participate in the awareness walk.|
|Hyderabad: 5K Awareness Run/Walk, in association with the Rotary Club of Hyderabad Central (3150), on 14 November at Elbit Medical Diagnostics Ltd. The aim is to raise awareness of healthy nutrition and physical activity, and promote diabetes education.|
|Kolkata: RSSDI,WB Bengal chapter in collaboration with Diabetic Association of India, West Bengal and Diabetes Awareness and You will organize a WALK FOR DIABETES on Wednesday 14 November.The walk will be flagged off at 8.30AM IST from in front of main gate of Victoria Memorial Hall Kolkata. A prominent citizen will flag off the walkathon. School children,people with diabetes,eminent physicians health care workers,members from the pharmaceutical industry,various NGO and people from all walks of life will join the walkathon. Children will type 1 diabetes will unite and sing, led by DABBU.|
|Mumbai: Awareness walk on 14 November with school children at the forefront holding large awareness banners and education banners. The walk will end at a community centre where lectures and free discussions will be held with regards to non communicable diseases.|
|The Jordan chapter of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA)will be holding a national event in Amman, Irbid and Al-Zarqaa. Activities will include screening and awareness, blue lightings, a human blue circle, posters and leaflets, newspapers and magazines.|
|Mapou: a fundraising event will be held for children with type 1 diabetes, with participants invited to wear a blue ribbon around their hand in support of people with diabetes.|
|Ogun and Oyu States: Awareness and Screening Camps on 14 November in the 25 and 31 NCD clinics in Ogun and Oyo States of Nigeria. Each of the NCD clinics is located in the local government areas of the states. School Health Club Cycling competition on 17 November. School Club Variety Program on 24 November. Organised by SIDCAIN.|
|Abuja: Kiacops Mega Concepts will be organising a 'Go Blue' awareness walk on 16 November, followed by free medical checks (blood pressure, blood glucose, Body Mass Index) and physical activity sessions.|
|Lima: diabetes fair and free blood glucose screening, organised by the Asociación de Diabetes en Niños y Adolescents (ADINA), throughout the day of 11 November. The Association will also be lighting the INMENSA Tower in blue and forming a blue circle in the Parque del Amistad.|
|Warsaw area "Stajnia Chojnow": A horse jumping competition - "Together We Conquer Obstacles " - will be organised on 11 November with horses dressed in white and blue saddlepads and riders wearing commemorative blue ribbons. This will be combined with free blood glucose checks and information provided by diabetic educators and a dietetician. There will also be activities for children of all ages, including a drawing contest and pony rides.|
|Kenema: The Future Focus Foundation will organize a weely radio programme - from 14 October to 29 November - on two community radio stations to raise awareness of diabetes as it is increasing in rural communities and people in the country are not aware of its symptoms.|
|The Slovenian Diabetes Association – SLODA and the Association of Radio Amateurs of Slovenia will for the fourteenth time mark World Diabetes Day with the special call signs S55T and S50G ("World Diabetes Day") to enhance the lives of people with diabetes and raise public awareness of diabetes nationwide and internationally. In the last thirteen years, 30.000 contacts have been made with nearly all "active radio amateurs" countries. Over 630 hours of constant signals with information about diabetes have been broadcast. Many radio amateurs are themselves people with diabetes and the idea was received with great satisfaction and approval. The worldwide transmission from Slovenia will take place from November 16 to 18 on almost all amateur frequencies.|
|Madrid: the Spanish Federation for People with Diabetes (FEDE) has a series of activities planned on 13-14 November: a press conference in Madrid involving political representatives and health authorities; an awareness tent in the centre of the capital promoting healthy nutrition and providing a variety of interactive tools to promote diabetes education and prevention; a nationwide television advertisement focusing on children and adolescents. In addition, the National Organisation for the Blind (ONCE) has dedicated its Lottery Cupón on 14 November to World Diabetes Day.|
|Colombo: the Primary Care Diabetes Group of Sri Lanka will be launching three major projects on World Diabetes: 2 books on diabetes (Dietary modifications on diabetes; Tool box for people with diabetes); Commission of 3 research projects (Current diabetes experiences questionnaire; Evaluation of standard of diabetic care in primary care; Preventive care in people with diabetes in primary care); commission of maintaining a national diabetes registry.|
|Lome: the Diabetes Care Centre West Africa will be organising a flash mob and free diabetes screening.|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|Roxborough: The Bovell Cancer Diabetes Foundation will hold its 4th Annual "Diabetes in the Limelight Jamboree" on 9th November. Activities will include doctors' consults (eye doctor, dentist and more...); diabetes education; artwork from Primary School Children Poster Competition; children and youth monologue contest; blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol testing; foot exams; extensive weight centre consultations; nutrition screening; food demonstrations; free zumba dancing sessions; prize giveaways and a cultural programme.|
|Gibraltar: an awareness day will be held on Saturday 10 November in Main Street which will be followed by an event to mark World Diabetes Day on the 14th, culminating in the lighting up in blue of the iconic Moorish Castle.|
High Wycombe: The Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies (LifeScan, Animas &
Janssen) are uniting for an internal event at their High Wycombe site, UK, for their 1000 employees. As well as having various activities planned throughout the day (diabetes risk assessments, wearing blue, a blue themed beauty salon, diabetes charities, motivational speakers, patient ambassadors, a charity walk) the head office (made mainly from glass) will be lit in blue.
|Aurora, CO: on 14 November, the Lions of District 6C will promote awareness of diabetes and its complications, including diabetic retinopathy, by presenting information to students and staff at the Community College of Aurora - http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/coloradormc .|
|New York, NY: The Mahatma Gandhi Health and Peace Walk - "In his Footsteps - For Your Health" - is a unique and free public health initiative that seeks to encourage people to walk regularly following the example of Mahatma Gandhi, to enhance their wellness and fight the risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Mahatma Gandhi believed that every person had a duty to look after his or her body to stay healthy and to enable it to perform selfless service to others. The walk will take place on 29 September in Marcus Garvey Park. More information at http://www.ariseindiafoundation.org .|
|Oklahoma City, OK: The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma is marking World Diabetes Dat by announcing the selection jury of the first ever Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes , a $250,000 biennial award administered to encourage scientific innovation in the research and treatment of diabetes.|
|Houston, TX: free blood glucose screening at the Clinica Hispana America from 1 to 30 November|
|Haverhill, MA: Team Blue Heel Society will be participating in the "Rebel Race MA" Bike Ride on 10-11 November to raise funds and awareness for people with diabetes - http://blueheelsociety.org .|
Portland, OR: Pacific Northwest Diabetes Health & Wellness Week (PNDW) is the annual, week-long premier event that unites the Pacific Northwest diabetes community in a collaborative effort to promote “living active”. Founded by Chris Dudley Foundation and Novo Nordisk, each year PNDW touches the lives of thousands of people through a series of activities that increase diabetes awareness and showcase community resources.
Circle on the Court is the kick-off event for PNDW. The event takes place on November 10, 2012 at the Rose Garden Arena and is FREE to the public. It’s a day dedicated to bringing awareness and education to our community about living a healthy and active life.
There’s always something happening at Circle on the Court: free sports clinics for kids with celebrity coaching; free health screenings; educational sessions; one-on-one talks with health care providers; healthy cooking demonstrations; live entertainment; meet and greet celebrities; free haircuts; healthy food samples.
|San Francisco, CA: On 14 November, members of JDRF will gather around the historical and famous San Francisco Ferry Building, which will light in blue for the occasion, for inspirational talks, dj music, fun activities and crafts, a resource fair, ice skating and more.|
|Philadelphia, PA: Divabetic  celebrates World Diabetes Day with an interactive, in-style and in step diabetes event, Diabetes Plate Poetry. The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic hosts an art exhibit and discussion which offers an in-depth look the relationship between food and diabetes. Diabetes Plate Poetry is a new outreach event to celebrate World Diabetes Day. Diabetes Plate Poetry describes the emotional experience of living with diabetes. An important component of diabetes self-management, but often unaddressed, is the topic of emotional well being. This unique outreach event hosted by Mr. Divabetic, aims to assess the emotions associated with managing diabetes and the underlying reasons attributed to those emotions.|
|Atlanta, GA: Emory University students from two student organizations, will come together to sell veggie-filled tamales and low-calorie drinks in order to earn funds for their "Caminemos Juntos" (Let's Walk Together) diabetes self-management programme. In addition to grant-writing activities, these funds will help to sustain the work of the health promoters of Caminemos Juntos and ensure that people with diabetes in San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna, Guatemala have the resources, care and support they need to successfuly manage their diabetes for years to come. Learn more about this unique empowerment-based diabetes self-management program and how you can provide support, by visiting www.odimguatemala.org .|
|Nationwide: on 10 November, many cities in North America and beyond will take part in the World Diabetes Day Photo Scavenger Hunt, organised by Connected In Motion, to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month. The purpose of the event is to get outside, connect with other people with diabetes, families and friends, and spread awareness about the disease. Teams of 4-5 individuals will be provided with a list of diabetes-themed items to find and take photos with. The photos can be uploaded online and entered to win some great prizes. In the coming weeks, team captains will have the chance to register their teams to participate - www.connectedinmotion.ca .|
|San Leandro, CA: the GO BLUE ZUMBATHON® Charity Event is designed to bring awareness to this insidious disease that affects 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population. There will also be a Type 2 Diabetes Wellness Fair with free screenings, resource tables, fitness demos, youth activities, music & more.|
|Los Alamitos, CA: the Original Fish Company is having a fundraiser/awareness event at their restaurant. For the whole month of November they are displaying a banner on the street promoting World Diabetes Day and they are also attaching tags to their give away taffy, showcasing a person with type 1 Diabetes and information about World Diabetes Day. On November 14, they will organise a raffle and silent auction with all proceeds going to JDRF and they will also donate 50% of their entire day's proceeds as well. They will also stream videos on all their restaurant TV's sharing information about diabetes and stories of what it is like to live with the condition, as well as setting up a table with lots of information about diabetes and updates on the research going on to help treat, prevent and cure diabetes.|
|Harrisburg, PA: Health Education---Know the ABCs of Diabetes! will be held on November 14 at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, East Wing Rotunda, with free Health Screenings (Blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure), and speeches by NBA Legend Bob Lanier, Renu Joshi, MD from Pinnacle Health, Several State Legislators, Chief of Staff Todd Shamash and Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolfe. The PA State Capitol Building's outdoor fountain will be lit in blue.|
|The Yemen Diabetes Association will be organising several activities for World Diabetes Day. These include visiting more than 14 secondary schools in Sana'a to hold lectures to students and teachers during the morning Assembly about diabetes prevention and how to deal with it. During the visits the Association will also establish schools groups for diabetes prevention and emergency management.|