DIABETES AWARENESS DAY: Lions club Godiva Coventry- 30th April 2019
St Paul’s Church Hall, Foleshill Coventry
Incidence of Diabetes has been growing globally, at a particularly alarming rate, more specifically Diabetes Type 2 and is now one of the worlds ‘s most common long-term health condition.
In UK there are around 3.5 million people with Diabetes and it is estimated that there are a further 0.5 million people that are undiagnosed Around 6% of the UK population is known to be having diabetes. This increase in number is linked to Obesity. Ethnicity -plays a big role and Diabetes is 6 times more prevalent in South Asians and 3 times more in Afro -Caribbean – causes being, unhealthy dietary patterns and lifestyles with a genetic component. Impact on Life expectancy- Diabetes is the 5th most common cause of death. Diabetes is a leading cause of Heart Disease, Strokes, Blindness, Kidney Failure and lower limb Amputation.
Life expectancy is reduced by more than 20 years in Type1 and more than 10 years in Type 2 Diabetes, In response to the escalating health threat posed by Diabetes the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) started World Diabetes Day which falls on 14 November to promote Diabetes awareness globally. In UK, the NHS England Diabetes Prevention programme was held in the first week of April of this year 2019.
In keeping with the Global and National drive, to raise awareness of the impact Diabetes has on the person, family and the community at large the Lions club Godiva organised a Diabetes Awareness Day in the Foleshill area of Coventry. The aim was to promote Education about the condition and its complications and information about accessing care
The programme was held in the local St Paul’s Church Hall, from 10 am to 2.00 pm, the event was advertised in advance with posters distributed to the local shops, businesses and organisations, Temples and Gurdwaras. A dedicated radio show was presented on the local Radio Panj station to promote the event and discuss the importance of Diabetes Awareness. On the day, we had a Yoga session and a light chair-based exercise class, both of which were very popular and well attended. The Club expresses Thanks to Diabetes UK, Coventry branch who supported the event. They held stalls where people could access them for Risk Assessment of Diabetes and then when necessary, being directed for further tests and management to their GP’s Also, discussing management issues with those already Diabetic. There were 2 GPs present, to provide any information and advice as and when needed. There was a section where demonstrators advised on healthy cooking and Diet.
A light snack was provided of salads made of Bean sprouts, fresh fruits and vegetable, keeping in with the healthy eating theme.
The event was received well by the community and the feedback was generally very satisfactory.
Lions club Godiva are hoping to hold such Diabetes awareness events at least annually in the future.