Wisconsin Lions Foundation: Diabetes Alert Day 2022
The Wisconsin Lions Foundation is committed to fighting the diabetes epidemic by educating communities and individuals on their risk. WLF and its partners have created a comprehensive diabetes education program for Lions to use in raising awareness and educating the public, patients and families dealing with diabetes. The program encourages early detection and aims to reduce the potential complications for those with diabetes.
Part of Wisconsin Lions Foundation’s awareness program is the annual observation of the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day® on the fourth Tuesday in March. The day is meant as a call-to-action event focusing on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk.
This year, Diabetes Alert Day falls on Tuesday, March 22. Hosting or participating in a Diabetes Alert Day event is a great way to spread awareness about Type 2 diabetes, or to find out if you—or someone you love—is at risk.
The Importance of Knowing Your Risk
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 37 million people in the United States have diabetes (about one in 10), with 90-95% of cases involving Type 2 diabetes. Additionally, 96 million Americans (1 in 3) are living with prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are elevated just shy of being diagnosed with diabetes.
Some Type 2 diabetes symptoms are hard to spot and can sometimes develop for years unnoticed. Because symptoms can be hard to spot, the sooner you know your risk, the sooner you can take steps to prevent or manage diabetes.
How to Participate in Diabetes Alert Day
If you or your Club want to play a role in raising awareness about diabetes and its associated risks, you can take part by hosting your own Diabetes Alert Day event.
WLF has put together a convenient tool kit with everything you might need to host a successful and educational Diabetes Alert Day event. The free-of-charge materials can be ordered directly from WLF and include:
- 8 ½” x 11” Location Poster
- American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Risk Test Brochure
- ADA Pre-diabetes Brochure
- Prediabetes Risk Test Flyer
- Choosing Healthy Foods for the Holidays & Special Occasions Flyer
- Tips for Eating Out / Tips for Being Active
- Tips for Taking Care of Your Kidneys
- Diabetes and You: Healthy Feet Matter Flyer
- On Your Way to Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Booklets
- Informational Bookmarks
To receive these materials, simply fill out the form at https://wlf.info/resources/#diabetes-education and mail back to the WLF by Tuesday, March 15. There are a limited number of brochures, so be sure to snag them while you still can!
You can find additional resources for raising awareness and educating on diabetes risk at the WLF Diabetes Education page. We do hope you will join the Wisconsin Lions Foundation in fulfilling our diabetes education mission by participating in Diabetes Alert Day 2022!