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Two new World Diabetes Day posters have been created for the World Diabetes Day 2012 campaign - Diabetes: protect our future - to highlight our key messages focussing on the importance of diabetes education and healthy environments in achieving a healthier future for all.
We encourage you to use these posters widely in your awareness activities this year. They are available for download in English, French, Portugues and Spanish and can be requested in print form from email@example.com.
If you would like the posters available in your local language, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to access the source files or provide the necessary translations so that we can produce the posters for you.
CAMPAIGN VIDEO #protectourfuture
The International Diabetes Federation has produced a special animated video for the World Diabetes Day campaign. Prominently featuring the blue circle - the global symbol of diabetes - the video highlights the importance of learning and sharing knowledge about diabetes to improve the health of future generations.
Watch the video and help to spread the blue circle message by sharing and embedding it on your website or blog.
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How you can mark World Diabetes Day
Many of you will already be hard at work planning your awareness and advocacy activities for November. Here's a list of activities you can do to mark World Diabetes Day:
Join the Blue Monument Challenge by lighting one or more iconic monuments and buildings in blue in your town, city or country. Already confirmed a lighting? Let us know at email@example.com.
Organise a physical activity event - walk, cycle ride, aerobic workout, hula hooping, dancing - to promote the benefits of regular exercise in the management and prevention of diabetes.
Form a human blue circle, a simple activity with a great visual impact that can be organized as an individual activity or as part of a bigger event. #bluecircle
Ask your friends and family, and colleagues to wear blue for diabetes awareness throughout November. Let Blue Fridays inspire you [insert link]. #bluefriday
Promote the blue circle by taking part in our Pin a Personality campaign. Get local personalities to wear the blue circle pin. View our personality gallery and send us your pictures of pinned personalities at firstname.lastname@example.org. #WDDPin
Promote World Diabetes Day on your website, blog or forum by creating a section with information about local events and other campaign material or posting one of our campaign web banners. #WDD
Identify local heroes who are active in promoting the diabetes cause and who engage, motivate and lead others to create a healthier future. See all our WDD Heroes. #WDDHeroes
Get more information on these activities in our updated campaign book.
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WDD Activities: spotlight on Venezuela
November 14 is five months away but we've already received news of confirmed WDD celebrations from our global network of national diabetes associations.
In Venezuela, the Fundación Amigos Contra la Diabetes (FADI)
will be organising a very special event in Caracas on November 13 in collaboration with the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League and the team 'Tiburones de la Guairá'. The event - ‘Un Jonron por la Diabetes’ (A Homerun for Diabetes) - will take place in the University Stadium, which has a capacity for 20,000 spectators. Baseball is one of the country’s most popular sports and during November the national championship will be at its peak. During the event the Alfonzo “Chico” Carrasquel Cup will be presented, in honour of one of the country's most popular baseball players, who died from diabetes. Players will show their support by displaying the blue circle logo on their team shirts and making their way out to the playing field alongside children with diabetes. The first pitch will be thrown by Dr. Armando Perez Monteverde, President of
FADI, and young people with diabetes will form a blue circle during the 7th inning interval. The event will be broadcast on national television and all games played in the week of November 11 will be dedicated to diabetes.
If you already have a confirmed WDD activity, please share it with us a email@example.com. Our online events calendar will shortly be available to showcase all your activities.
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Champions spotlight: Wellness in the Schools
World Diabetes Day Champions are organisations recognised for their efforts in improving the health and well-being of future generations, promoting diabetes care and prevention and defending the interests of people with diabetes and those at risk.
This month we feature "Wellness in the Schools" (WITS), a non-profit, community-based organisation founded in 2005 to improve the environment, food, and fitness in public schools. In an effort to combat childhood obesity and create healthier learning environments, WITS provides three core programmes: Cook for Kids, Coach for Kids, and Green for Kids. These programmes promote healthy eating, fitness, and sustainability as a way of life for our students. Since their introduction WITS has grown from one school to thirty-six schools throughout NYC and twelve schools in eastern Kentucky, where WITS works in partnership with Save the Children.
“Wellness in the Schools is proud to be recognized as a World Diabetes Champion. We share the goals of the International Diabetes Federation and strive to eliminate type 2 diabetes, formerly thought of as "adult diabetes", among children. We are proud to be a partner to such a laudable organization and cause." Nancy Easton, Co-Founder and Executive Director WITS.
View all our Champions.
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In our Kids Korner this month we are featuring a wonderful interactive online resource that children and teens can use to learn more about how to become an active and healthy individual. Fit.webmd.com offers a variety of videos, games and tools for children of all ages to make learning about healthy nutrition and exercise interesting and fun. It shows that you can be healthy by doing quick and simple things every day. Make every day a FIT day!
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Meet our new Blue Circle Champion! NASCAR race truck driver Miguel Paludo from Brazil is our newest blue circle champion. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes eight years ago and father of a eight-month-old boy with diabetes, Miguel will bring visibility and awareness to the disease and support World Diabetes Day by competing in a special blue and white Unite for Diabetes race truck, prominently featuring the blue circle. Read more about Miguel.
Give Banting a Doodle! Join the over 2800 people that have signed the online petition to ask Google to create a doodle to honour the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting on November 14. #Doodle4Banting
Campaign merchandise: blue circle pins, bracelets, flags and t-shirts to help you raise diabetes awareness and use in your local activities.
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