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There are many unique holidays in the month of November. It is known as National Model Railroad Month, Aviation History Month and even Peanut Butter Lovers Month, but did you know that it is also Diabetes Awareness Month?
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, diabetes affects approximately 475,000 adults and 4500 children and adolescents throughout the state. People with diabetes are much more likely to suffer from blindness, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, depression, amputations and many other complications. Although diabetes is a very serious disease, it is also very controllable.
Lions are doing a great job informing and educating the public about diabetes through numerous community programs, but we have a chance to make an extra impact throughout the month of November. Lions Club International has come up with a few ways for you and your club to bring diabetes to the forefront:
- Organize a Strides event in your community – A Strides event is a highly visible, family-oriented activity that combines fun with exercise. Find out more about organizing one today.
- Start planning a school or community garden – The snow may be flying, but it’s never too early to start thinking about spring gardening.
- Create a support group for those affected with diabetes – A support group will give you a chance to educate and inform while creating a safe space for those suffering.
- Invite a healthcare provider to speak at your club – The talk may turn into a great opportunity to brainstorm new ideas to reach your community.
- Provide your local library with a diabetes magazine subscription – An affordable way to reach all curious library wanderers
To learn more about diabetes, read through this Diabetes Awareness and Action brochure and let’s continue to support the fight against diabetes!