Whether you’re donning lycra bike shorts, learning about diabetes in school or having a go at a new activity for seniors, World Diabetes Day is a chance to consider the lives of people living with diabetes.
On Wednesday 14 November people all over the world will share their stories of living with diabetes as part of the theme “diabetes and family”. Diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic condition and there is no cure. 28 people are diagnosed with diabetes each day in WA – more than one an hour.
Diabetes WA knows that living with diabetes is easier when you have family support, and will help Western Australians to share their experiences on the day. Across WA people are rallying to help raise awareness and funds to support people living with diabetes.
In the South West
Having a family member with type 2 diabetes means your own risk of developing diabetes is higher. In Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Collie and Harvey, Diabetes WA is currently running a free program called Let’s Prevent, to help people at risk of diabetes, heart disease or stroke to minimise their risk.
Let’s Prevent is not a weight loss program or an exercise program – participants choose what they want to improve, and by how much. The 12 month program equips them with practical information and skills about food choices and activity, and enables them to talk to others who are in a similar situation. Launched in August this year, Let’s Prevent is the first of its kind in Australia.
Diabetes WA is taking the opportunity on World Diabetes Day to raise awareness of this effective prevention program.
On 14 November in Perth’s CBD, VAULT Fitness are hosting a Spin Challenge to raise awareness about diabetes and funds for Diabetes WA. Tenants and local businesses are encouraged to get a team together and pedal for 20 minutes as part of the 8 hour challenge. Find out more here.
Meanwhile, seniors are invited to attend Have a Go Day a LiveLighter Event at Burswood Park, and the team at Diabetes WA is looking forward to being there again this year.
“We love collaborating with the Seniors Recreation Council on Have a Go Day, to bring helpful information to people about active aging. You’re never too old to learn something new, and our diabetes educators will be there to answer any questions you have about diabetes”, Jarnia Davies, the Community Education Coordinator at Diabetes WA explained.
Three Esperance schools are participating in World Diabetes Day, thanks to local campaigner, Ian Campbell. Ian has been passionate about raising diabetes awareness since he lost his wife, Deb, to complications from this chronic condition. Students at Esperance Senior High School, Nulsen Primary School and Esperance Primary School will give a gold coin donation in exchange for wearing casual clothes for the day, with all funds raised going to Diabetes WA to provide education and support to Western Australians living with diabetes.
To read more in the Esperance Express, click here (external link)
Living with diabetes is a lot easier when you have family support. Diabetes WA encourages people with diabetes to bring a family member to our diabetes self-management workshops, so they can learn about how best to support their loved one. Diabetes WA’s free helpline is open to anyone in Western Australia, so family members are welcome to ask any questions about diabetes and how they can support their loved one.
If you would like to donate to Diabetes WA as part of World Diabetes Day, click here.