The Turkish Diabetes Association also organised a series of events in November, to raise awareness of diabetes, under the theme of Protect Your Family.
This included the creation of a 25-second video about the risk factors and symptoms of type 2 diabetes. The video was shown in the public transport system during the week of 11-17 November. Leaflets on the same theme were also distributed in various public places.
On November 8 and 9 respectively, footballers from two Turkish football league teams, Kasimpasa and Sivasspor, entered the field carrying a banner saying Diabetes: Protect your family.
Two information desks were also set up in busy Istanbul places –Kadikoy and Uskudar – where a specialist doctor and nurse told people about diabetes and conducted a test to ascertain their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. To emphasise the importance of exercise in the management of diabetes, an exercise bike was placed at those locations. Zumba sessions were also conducted during the events.
Meetings were also organised in collaboration with various district municipalities, which were attended by close to 1200 people.
On November 15, the Turkish Diabetes Association walked through Beyoglu, a famous and busy street in Istanbul.
The Galata Tower, a famous historic building, was lit up in blue on both November 14 and 15.
Our running team, TEAM1, attended the Istanbul Marathon on November 3, with the team forming a Blue Circle before they started to run.
Overall, from November 1 to 25, 13,250 people took the diabetes risk test, and events received coverage in 296 different media channels.