The Food Revolution - A World Diabetes Day ChampionFri 25 May 2012
Story by Isabella Platon
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. It became an official UN day in 2007. Led by the International Diabetes Federation, this campaign is celebrated every year on November 14, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of the life-saving drug insulin in 1922. On World Diabetes Day, over 200 member associations of the IDF in more than 160 countries and territories, all Member States of the United Nations, come together with the global health community to raise awareness and bring attention to the urgent need for political and social action to stem the diabetes tide.
To further promote well being and healthy living, IDF has created World Diabetes Day Champions to recognise organisations for their efforts towards improving the health and well-being of future generations, promote diabetes care and prevention and defend the interests of people with diabetes and those at risk
Champions show their support for World Diabetes Day by organizing activities that align with the campaign goals and help attract public and media attention to the growing global burden that the diabetes and obesity epidemic represents.
The Food Revolution – A World Diabetes Day Champion
In line with the World Diabetes Day's focus this year on promoting healthy nutrition among children and the youth, the campaign is proud to support Jamie Oliver´s movement, Food Revolution Day, a great opportunity for people who want to stand up for real food to come together to share stories, their passion and resources, pass on knowledge, highlight the world’s food issues and promote the mission for better food education for everyone.
We are pleased to include Food Revolution as a World Diabetes Day Champion in acknowledgement of the movement’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of future generations. This campaign supports the WDD slogan for 2012 - Diabetes: Protect our Future.
Participating In Food Revolution Day
Several of IDF members actively participated in Food Revolution Day by organising events in their countries. In Argentina, the first in a series of education sessions was dedicated to healthy eating and nutrition, while in Peru, young people with diabetes organised the Healthy Eating Revolution, offering participants a selection of healthy foods specially created for the event.
Achieving a healthier future requires the active and coordinated engagement of all sectors of society. Together we can change the way people eat by educating every child about food, giving families the skills and knowledge to cook again, and motivating people to stand up for their rights to better food.
Visit www.worlddiabetesday.org to find out more about World Diabetes Day and this year's campaign.
About the author: Isabella Platon is the Head of Communications for the International Diabetes Federation. Her passion for food education is shared by her two sons Tristan and Inigo who spend their free time cooking up great dishes with seasonal ingredients.
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