November is Diabetes Awareness Month. There are many events all over the world that raise awareness for diabetes. If you are looking for a way to get involved, here is a guide to awareness activities such as a Diabetes Walk to help you spread knowledge! Read on…
There are several organizations that put on a diabetes walk each year. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is one of them. If you are local to the Los Angeles area, the JDRF is putting on a diabetes walk in May 2019 in Temecula. You can sign up HERE.
Walks are hosted all over the United States. Check back in August or September to sign up for the November walks. You can search “diabetes walk” or just look at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or American Diabetes Association website to get more information.
Join a Team
You don’t have to do a diabetes walk alone! Grab co-workers, church members, your parents’ support group, or friends and family and form a team! The more, the merrier! You can get your entire workforce to join if you really want to make an impact!
Volunteer at a diabetes camp, family program, or support group. Pass out flyers for a fundraiser. Donate money to diabetes research. These are all simple things you can do to make a huge difference.
Share a Selfie
The latest trend in awareness is sharing a selfie with the symbol of diabetes, the blue circle, on social media. The blue represents the sky that is over all of us and the circle represents the unity of the diabetes community.
There is an app for both IOS and Android that will put the blue circle on your image. If you’d like to share to spread awareness about diabetes, HERE is the link.
Start Your Own Awareness Campaign or Fundraiser
You can do it! It’s fairly simple to start your own campaign. Just be creative and share what you know. Get some people to back you up, and you’ll be golden.
Try a social media campaign. Share some cool info-graphics and let the share cascade begin. Before you know it, diabetes awareness will be spreading like wildfire. Below is a great infographic about diabetes that you can share.
Fundraisers can be tricky, but if you are motivated and have a creative group of people behind you, you can do it! Just make sure you’re donating the proceeds to a reputable foundation.
A few examples are the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the Children’s Diabetes Foundation (CDF), or the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Look at restaurants and coffee shops. Many offer fundraising packages that will help you along in the process. They have simple fundraisers that will draw in a lot of people to the cause.
Visit your child’s school and host an information session about diabetes. Talk to your church. Perhaps you can host a session during youth group or after Sunday services.
Set up a booth at a local farmer’s market and teach people about diabetes. Prepare brochures to pass out and be ready and willing to answer questions that shoppers may have.
For pointers on what to say, check out my other blogs HERE. They contain some decently useful information!
Disney and Lilly Diabetes have partnered up and presented the world with Coco, the monkey with Type 1 Diabetes. Check out THIS list of printable activities for children.
Watching Coco learn how to treat her diabetes can be extremely empowering for children with diabetes.
Whatever it is you choose to do, you’re doing a great thing! And before I go, if you or someone you know needs help keeping their blood sugar levels under control, try Bioterra Herbs’ Blood Glucose supplement. Click the image below for a link to learn more about and purchase the product!