Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Get Ready for World Diabetes Day Webinar

Get Ready:  For World Diabetes Day
Set:  Mark your calendar for November 14
Go:  Participate!

Lions:  Are you aware that there's a World Diabetes Day?  Every year on November 14, the diabetes community around the world act together to provide diabetes awareness.  The slogan for 2013 is DIABETES: PROTECT OUR FUTURE. This campaign brings millions of people in over 160 countries together to raise awareness and advocate for improved diabetes care and prevention.

Why November 14?  This date was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, who along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin in 1921. 

How Did It All Begin?  World Diabetes Day was introduced by the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991 in response to concern over the spread of diabetes around the world.

World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations World Health Day following passage of resolution 61/225 on December 20, 2006.  This landmark resolution recognized diabetes as "a chronic, debilitating and costly disease associated with major complications that pose severe risk for families, countries and the entire world."

Fact:  Diabetes is one of the major health challenges of the 21st century. 

Fact:  There are currently 371 million people living with diabetes.

Fact:  There are 4.8 million deaths a year. 

Fact:  Diabetes and its complications can be preventable.

Diabetes is a global epidemic, spiraling out of control.  One in every two people don't even know they have it.... Are you one of those at risk?

Let's be a part of this great campaign to help raise awareness and protect our future!  November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  November 14 is World Diabetes Day. 

If anyone doubts the importance of attending Webinars and Netcasts offered by Lions Clubs International, this is a good example of what information they offer.  Lions--Get Ready for World Diabetes Day 2013 was today's Webinar.  More on the efforts and what we can do as individuals and as a group will be posted in the weeks and months to come. 

Lion Mike Norton 

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