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November is Diabetes Awareness Month!



Good November to fellow Lions here in Maine. We certainly wish that all of you are safe, staying heathy and spending time this month with your loved ones. We know that colder months are here and this presents its own challenges. Staying healthy and active while having to limit our physical activity is one of these challenges.

As Lions we have added this to our global initiative in order to raise awareness on prevention to prevent diabetes. We know the global impact of this disease worldwide as it reaches an epidemic and the 4th leading cause of death worldwide.

The month of November is Diabetes Awareness month and one day is set aside as World Diabetes Day. Below is some history on how World Diabetes Day began and continues on today.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

Every year, the World Diabetes Day campaign focuses on a dedicated theme that runs for one or more years. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes. –

DIABETES: NURSES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes. The campaign aims to raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes.

To learn more about the WDD visit this link.

https://worlddiabetesday.org/about

LIONS around the world have partnered to do our part in this epidemic and LCI has its own challenge for all Lions. Last year you will remember it was Make Your Mark. This year due to Covid-19 a virtual challenge has been made. Each of us can log onto this site below and watch the video presentations. Your time will be logged. The challenge goal this year is to log 100,000 total minutes by World Diabetes Day, November 14, and time is on our side!

This site will also hopefully bring to mind ways that we can locally hold future events and service projects within our own clubs in Maine.

https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/start-our-global-causes/diabetes/world-diabetes-day

As #WorldDiabetesDay approaches on November 14, let’s make time for healthy living. How do you stay active? Share a photo of your healthy activity with #LionsFightDiabetes and raise awareness.

Lastly, please give your time to your secretary so your service hours can be logged into MyLion as a Signature Activity. Remember if it is not logged in you do not get the credit.

Respectfully yours,

Chair, Al Godfrey

Co-Chair, Mary Nicholas

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