On November 14, 1991, the first ever World Diabetes Day was born! For over 20 years now people have been coming together on November 14 to raise diabetes awareness and collect supplies for patients in need.
World Diabetes Day is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and became recognized as an official United Nations Day seven years ago, in 2007.
Each year a new theme is chosen to reflect the issues that are affecting the diabetic community. Each themed campaign is recognized for the entire year but is celebrated worldwide on November 14th.
The theme for 2014 – 2016 will be Healthy Living and Diabetes.
How is World Diabetes Day observed?
You may see many events in your area with the World Diabetes Day theme, including sporting events, free screenings, walks, runs, biking events, kid-centered activities, human blue circles, and other activities mean to raise awareness.
There may also be radio, TV, newspaper and magazine articles, and other news about World Diabetes Day.
Why human blue circles?
The global symbol for diabetes is a blue circle. The blue circle stands for the unity of the diabetes community around the world and their response to the growing diabetes disease state.
The blue circle was chosen as a symbol for a few reasons. The circle shape is meant to symbolize life and health, and the blue color, the sky that unites all nations (it is also the color of the UN flag). The blue circle was adopted as the World Diabetes Day logo in 2007.
You can find more information on the blue circle logo here.
What does the United States do to recognize diabetes?
The entire month of November in the US is considered American Diabetes Month.
During the month of November, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) raises awareness about diabetes, issues surrounding the disease, and the number of people affected.
How can I find out if events are taking place in my community?
The American Diabetes Association website has an In My Community page which has a calendar of upcoming events, and more information about volunteering and fundraising, awareness programs, your local ADA, and how to become a member.