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The United Nations World Health Organization has announced the following:

World Health Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization, is April 7. This year's theme, for the first time ever, is Diabetes. More resources and information are available on the WHO website:

World Health Day 2016 - April 7: Beat diabetes
WHO is focusing the next World Health Day, on 7 April 2016, on diabetes because:
1. The diabetes epidemic is rapidly increasing in many countries, with the documented increase most dramatic in low- and middle-income countries. 
2. A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes. 
3. Diabetes is treatable. Diabetes can be controlled and managed to prevent complications. Increasing access to diagnosis, self-management education and affordable treatment are vital components of the response.
4. Efforts to prevent and treat diabetes will be important to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goal 3 target of reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by one-third by 2030. Many sectors of society have a role to play, including governments, employers, educators, manufacturers, civil society, private sector, the media and individuals themselves. 
What you/your club can do:
  • Encourage your club to forward the Diabetes Risk Test to their members, family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. The test can be taken online, or can access a printable pdf for community awareness and education
  • Explore the LCI Diabetes program webpage for project ideas all year long. Here, clubs can find info about Strides, diabetes screening, and community resources for diabetes awareness and prevention.
  • Contact your District 23C Cabinet Chair for Diabetes/Diabetes Awareness Lion Jack Kinkler ( ) to come to present to your club on Diabetes and things your club can do to support this important effort.