World Diabetes Day Agenda Grows, and Grows…

Hey, it’s November, National Diabetes Month! And the countdown ticks: just two more weeks until the first-ever UN sanctioned World Diabetes Day is slated to light up New York City, literally, with the illumination of the Empire State Building in diabetes-awareness blue on Nov. 14. See an official list of events around the country and around the world HERE.


Lots of people with diabetes still don’t even know about this monumental awareness campaign, so be sure to tell a friend. Here’s my unofficial list of cool stuff that’s happening around WD-Day:

* Read Kelly’s summary at Unite for Youth. She’s a 21-year-old Portland college student and a member of the Novo Nordisk International Diabetes Youth Panel. She’s also PSYCHED to be heading to NYC for the events, including a gigantic circle of blue umbrellas, entertainment, education, and of course, the Novo Nordisk Changing Diabetes World Bus Tour, on which Kelly will ride in style.

* Join the Children With Diabetes (CWD) group for the human blue circle, public march up First Avenue, Empire State Building light-up, and much more by hooking up with that group HERE.

* American Idol-finalist Elliot Yamin will be crooning. He’s also the official spokesperson for the Eli-Lilly-sponsored Inspired by Diabetes Contest, for creative PWD’s sharing their stories around the world through art, essay, poetry, photography and music.

* OK, now forget New York for a minute. Jim Graham and his team will be driving a 30-year-old Volkswagen 1,000 miles over Baja deserts in the Baja 1000, the world’s longest point-to-point off-road race. They’re doing it all for WDD and the International Diabetes Federation. See Jim’s blog on Desert Dingo Racing (with the Big D) HERE.

* The City of Chicago has chimed in with a formal WDD Proclamation. Go, Mayor Daley!

* Manny Hernandez of has not only kicked off the Word in Your Hand contest, but also has a bunch of other stuff for WDD up his sleeve. Read all about it HERE.

* From Australia, on the web: the so-called ‘Official Diabetes Blog‘ is spreading the WDD message through a marathon blogging stunt. They’ll be making a new post every hour, on the hour, for the full 24 hours of World Diabetes Day.

* So, who’s actually going to New York on November 14th? Gina Capone from DiabetesTalkFest is looking for some folks attending for a meetup on the UN lawn.

* Can’t make it in person? You can always pitch in by joining the email campaign to Ellen DeGeneres. Tell that Funny Lady why she needs to take up the diabetes cause!

Or for goodness’ sake — if you haven’t already — at least watch the video:

Doing something noteworthy this month for diabetes awareness? Staging a WDD happening? You can submit your event here, and be sure to let me know about it, too. Happy November, my PWD Friends.


7 Responses

  1. Manny Hernandez
    Manny Hernandez November 1, 2007 at 11:16 am | | Reply

    The only think I would add to this very detailed post you made would be the “Word in your Hand” project, which we are holding in

    This is the last week we’re collecting photos for it. The details are here:

  2. Penny
    Penny November 1, 2007 at 12:27 pm | | Reply


    Thanks for mentioning the Email Ellen campaign.

    I took upon myself to email her one day because I want to get the word out about diabetes and World Diabetes Day.

    I picked her because she was such an advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October. I thought I’d give it a shot and see if she’d mention diabetes on her show during National Diabetes Month.

    If any of your readers would like to put in a word of their own they can email the show here:

  3. l. lewis
    l. lewis November 1, 2007 at 5:01 pm | | Reply

    I believe the ADA has stated that there are 6.2 million Americans that have diabetes (type 2) and are unaware.
    I would have thought that having a Diabtes Screening at local pharmacies and the such would be a great idea for the month of November.
    Nothing raises “awareness” more than a diagnosis!!!

  4. AmyT
    AmyT November 2, 2007 at 1:58 pm | | Reply

    LL, you are spot-on. The ADA says that nearly 6.2 million Americans are currently walking around with diabetes unaware that they even have the disease. That’s about one-third of the 21 million affected — or 7% of the population of this country, and growing.

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  5. Sarah
    Sarah November 3, 2007 at 12:12 am | | Reply

    Does anyone disagree that people with Type 1 diabetes and children with Type 1 are part of this campaign? If this campaign is *mostly* to raise awareness about the Type 2 epidemic and how it can be prevented, does it not do Type 1′s a diservice by lumping them in with Type 2′s? God only knows how many mothers of children with Type 1 get blamed every day for “causing their child to get diabetes”.

    Is this campaign harmful to those with Type 1 diabetes? The 2 diseases have little in common aside from complications. And even the pathology of complications in T1 vs. T2 may be different.


  6. Gina
    Gina November 3, 2007 at 6:13 am | | Reply

    Hey Amy,

    Thanks for the plug, you the woman! Noone posted that they were going yet. Maybe its too early. Im not sure I can make it because I got a new job and i doubt i will be able to take off now.

    But if people want to meet up on the lawn and use my post to see who is going that is cool with me!


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