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World Diabetes Day 2012

Sept. 21, 2012
World Diabetes Day, celebrated annually worldwide on Nov. 14, is less than 60 days away. Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, provides details about this year’s event, which features the theme of diabetes education and prevention.
Less than 60 days to go! World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.(1) World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nations Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight. World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the themed campaigns last the whole year, the day itself is celebrated on November 14, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes Day theme for the period 2009-2013. World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide by the over 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in more than 160 countries and territories, all Member States of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organizations, companies, healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.

Each year World Diabetes Day is centered on a theme related to diabetes. Topics covered in the past have included diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, and the costs of diabetes. Recent themes include:

2005: Diabetes and Foot Care
2006: Diabetes in the Disadvantaged and the Vulnerable
2007-2008: Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
2009-2013: Diabetes Education and Prevention

The World Diabetes Day logo The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle--the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign. The logo was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution. The significance of the blue circle symbol is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the colour of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic.(2)
The slogan for the 2012 campaign is Diabetes: Protect our Future.(3) “This year’s World Diabetes Day campaign is a worldwide clarion call to action to protect the health of our future generations … Knowledge in the right hands can bring power to those how are most in need.”(4) There are key messages in this year’s campaign.(5)

For information and resources on: Key Messages; Education; Prevention; Kids Korner; Recipes; Resources; Social media; Activities; Materials; FAQs and more, visit the website.(6)

1. International Diabetes Federation
4. Platon 1. Diabetes Voice. Volume 57, Issue 2, 17-20.

Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS

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