Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day Activities

Each year, California has more new cases of diabetes than any other state in the nation. Of the 4 million Californians with diabetes (1 in 7 adults), approximately 1.4 million are undiagnosed and unaware they have the disease. Additionally, it is estimated that 11.1 million Californians have prediabetes, a condition that increases risk for developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years. We encourage you and your loved ones to learn your risk for diabetes by taking the ADA Diabetes Risk Test  and improving your diabetes management by taking the Big Blue Test.

During the month of November, diabetes awareness events are being held throughout the world to provide diabetes prevention and education materials. We are fortunate that a number of these events are in the Bay Area:

Saturday, November 12:

Dance Out Diabetes – Russian Center, San Francisco, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Join the revolution using dance to prevent and manage diabetes. The event is for people of all ages and abilities, all types of diabetes, and friends and family. www.danceoutdiabetes.org

Sunday, November 13:

Creating Community Connections - College of Marin, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. This third annual celebration features free health screenings, multi-lingual information, educational performances, giveaways, nutritious food, Yoga and Zumba workshops and more. The event culminates with the lighting of the internationally recognized Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center spire in diabetes blue. www.diabetesdaybayarea.org

WORLD DIABETES DAY - Monday, November 14:

5th Annual San Francisco World Diabetes Day – San Francisco Union Square, 5 p.m. UCSF is partnering with numerous diabetes community organizations for San Francisco’s World Diabetes Day celebration. Buildings in Union Square will be lit blue and free ice skating will be offered to the first 100 people to arrive. Additionally, San Francisco hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most hula hoopers – a Flash Mob of 114 hoopers is expected. UCSF will be offering TrialNet screening to relatives of those with type 1 diabetes. www.jdrftalk.org

Healthy Harvests Event in Honor of World Diabetes Day and Native American Heritage Month – David Brower Center, Berkeley, 6 – 9 p.m. Sponsored by Seva Foundation and UC Berkeley School of Public Health.