Alas, March Madness has come to an end and my brackets have been busted with an unforgettable, awe-inspiring, nail-biting, buzzer beating, three pointer win by Villanova (whisking it away from UNC) and taking home the championship. We now have bounced into April, and the seventh is right around the corner. What’s cooking on April 7, 2016- hope not a lot of saccharine– Why -what’s the significance of this day?
April 7, 2016 annually commemorates the World Health Day sponsored by the World Health Organization, a day dedicated to bring awareness through education to the citizens of the world about specific diseases. This year the organization has selected diabetes to draw worldwide attention to, as it is a growing epidemic affecting more than 347 million people. This year’s world health day slogan is “Beat Diabetes”.
This year’s Word Health Day campaign hopes to bring attention to the myriad of problems for those struggling with this disease, augment the means to prevent it in societies with rapidly increasing numbers, promote early detection and diagnosis, and bolster the care and treatment of patients with diabetes. The WHO campaign has cool superheroes posters for driving the message to “beat diabetes”, promoting healthy eating, physical activity, and seeking medical care and treatment.
“Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar, gives us the energy that we need to live. If it cannot get into the cells to be burned as energy, sugar builds up to harmful levels in the blood.”-source WHO world health day
I thought I’d share some information regarding the statics via the American Diabetes Association, the CDC diabetes data, the CDC’s Infographic (which is very compelling) and the WHO publications that show the staggering burden by all those affected and the numbers indicate that we all may have loved ones suffering this disease.The rate of diabetes is illustrated in the following world map – and to check out interactive atlas showing the rate of diabetes worldwide here is the DiabetesAtlas. Take a moment to learn about diabetes, as awareness, prevention, diagnosis and treatment are key to global health of the world community.
Let’s battle (or lock up that yumilicious indulgence) with our sugar craving monster, and tackle down that beast. Have that kale power green juice, don your cross-trainers, and head to a gym or to the wonderful outdoors. Boost your overall fitness and yes motivate those around you and inspire that buddy to join in with some healthy competition. No workout buddy? No problemo-for social app fans, there’s an app for that -Well Squad, Pact, Fitocracy, RunKeeper, BodySpace to name a few. Celebrate the day by improving your life with healthy habits and take some time to encourage others to follow suit.
Photo Credit: Healthier by Thomas Haynie (http://www.phlebotomytech.org) CC by 2.0