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Sep 15

Looking Forward to IDF’s Unite For a Healthy Future Event

Looking Forward to IDF’s Unite For a Healthy Future EventLaura Kolodjeski

For those of us working in the field of diabetes and/or for those of you living with diabetes, we are often focused on the disease and can sometimes lose sight of the fact that there are others around the world with different diseases who are facing their own daily challenges. That is part of the reason the United Nations is holding its high-level summit on non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, cancer and heart and lung disease on Sept. 19-20.

To celebrate the summit and as a way to rally attention and support for the summit, the International Diabetes Federation is holding a Unite For a Healthy Future event on Sunday, September 18 from noon-6 p.m. in Central Park in New York City. The event is co-sponsored by the Diabetes Hands Foundation, Diabetes Daily, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation just to name a few.

Some of the day’s events will include bicycling through Central Park with members of the JDRF, a live mural painting, jump roping to show fun ways to stay active and healthy and a Caribbean Carnival parade that will also include a Socamotion (dance/exercise) exhibition. It sounds like an incredibly fun event with plenty of activities for all ages.

I will be attending the event and I’ve already heard that a number of you will be there, too. The fact that the UN is conducting this summit is a big step and, as community members of these various diseases, it’s important to show our support for the effort. I’m going to watch closely what occurs at the summit and what some of the findings and next steps will be.

If you see me at the event, please come say hello. One of my favorite parts of attending events and conferences is meeting new people, so don’t be shy. Also, if you already know you are attending the event, let us know in the comment section below. Share what you’re expecting or what you want to see come out of an event like this.

All the best,

Laura K.

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