World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes mellitus world and is held on November 14 of each year. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world. World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the campaigns last the whole year, the day itself marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.
Each year, World Diabetes Day is centred on a theme related to diabetes. Topics covered have included diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, diabetes and obesity, diabetes in the disadvantaged and the vulnerable, diabetes in children and adolescents. and talking about Diabetes.
For 2009–2013, the theme is Diabetes Education and Prevention.
In an effort to raise awareness, many non-profit groups and individuals attempt to have local monuments lit up in blue. Past monument lightings include:
- The Alamo, San Antonio, TX
- Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO
- Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
- Coit Tower, San Francisco, CA
- Naismith Memorial Hall, Springfield, MA
- Four Freedoms Monument, Evansville, IN
- City Hall, San Francisco, CA
- Prudential Building, Boston, MA
- Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Indianapolis, IN
- LAX Airport, Los Angeles, CA
- Sears Tower, Chicago, IL
- Empire State Building, New York, NY
- Tokyo Tower, Tokyo
- Lake Eola Fountain, Orlando, FL
- "Previous campaigns". World Diabetes Day. International Diabetes Federation. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- Diabetes Week Celebrities
- "Diabetes education and prevention". World Diabetes Day. International Diabetes Federation. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- "International Diabetes Federation". International Diabetes Federation.