UN focus on diabetes

Cayman has organised several activities for Wednesday, which marks the first United Nations observance of World Diabetes Day.

The theme of this year’s campaign is Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. According to UN officials, diabetes is one of the most chronic diseases of childhood, and it can strike children of any age, including infants and toddlers.

Diabetes can interfere with the developmental phases of childhood and adolescence, which include succeeding in schools and transitioning to adulthood.

For more information on the activities, contact the Public Health Department’s Health Promotion Officer Therese Prehay on 244-2632 or [email protected].

Activities:

• At 10am the fountain at National Heroes Square will be illuminated with blue light. All over the world, local landmarks will be lighted in blue, which is the official colour of the United Nations for Diabetes logo.

• A private graduation ceremony will be held for diabetics and their families who have completed the Public Health Department’s diabetes education course, titled Take Control – Manage Your Diabetes. The ceremony will be held at the Women’s Health Centre Courtyard, at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

• Winners of the school children’s poster competition will be announced Wednesday on Radio Cayman’s Youth Flex. The competition was organised by the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association, and based upon this year’s World Diabetes Day theme, Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.

• All entries for the schoolchildren’s poster competition will be showcased during George Town’s Pirates Week on Wednesday at the Humber Line, off Elgin Avenue.

Throughout November:

• Diabetes presentations to students, and during parent-teacher meetings, will continue throughout November.

• A public display highlighting the World Diabetes Day theme will be mounted in the main lobby at the Cayman Islands Hospital, and in all district health centres throughout the Cayman Islands.

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