World Diabetes Day November 14th

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World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14th of each year, and it is a global campaign founded and led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and member affiliates. The campaign helps to involve millions around the world in diabetes support and awareness activities and events.

The first World Diabetes Day was celebrtedin1991 as a joint effort between the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The Day was designed to address the escalating health threat posed by diabetes, and the UN recognized the significance of World Diabetes Day as an official UN Day in 2007.

The annual campaign raises awareness on issues that are of primary importance to the diabetes community, and helps to keep the public spotlight on finding new solutions to prevent and cure diabetes.

Here are some social enterprise initiatives regarding diabetes!

Dizzy: Support for Diabetes in Rustington

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Dizzy: Support for Diabetes is a Rustington, UK based social enterprise which has recently been awarded the prestigious Social Enterprise Mark. This ranks Dizzy among other famous social enterprises which are also recipients of the award, including the Eden Project, the Bristol Wood Recycling Project, Hill Holt Wood and the Co-operative Group South & West.

The concept of social enterprise has been embraced in the UK but the details of what a social enterprise is and how it operates are still foreign to many people. The Social Enterprise Mark award is designed to raise the profile of the best social enterprises in the country in order to generate support form consumers and foster the growth of social enterprise in the UK.

Dizzy is committed to helping their local communities thrive and supporting other sustainable businesses as well.

Diabetes Tasmania-Social Enterprise Role

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Diabetes Assist is a program offered by Diabetes Tasmania with full funding from the Department of Health and Human Services of Tasmania. Diabetes Tasmania-social enterprise is focused on improving the health of diabetes patents and improving their quality of life, along with offering support for their families and caregivers.

No matter where they live in Tasmania, diabetes patients can count on free assistance from Diabetes Tasmania. The social enterprise received funding in 2008 to implement a helpful phone-based service which provided educational tools to help diabetes patients manage their own care.

This idea was based on the COACH program which has proven to reduce risk factors for diabetes patients and improve health outcomes for those with type 2 diabetes. They also received funding to offer community nutrition services for diabetics throughout the country.