Current information and campaigns
You think this is scary?
Two million Australians are at high risk of type 2 diabetes.
To coincide with National Diabetes Week 2014, Diabetes Australia launched You think this is scary?, a new prevention campaign on Wednesday 16 July in Melbourne, urging all Australians to see if they are at risk of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in up to 58 per cent of cases through early detection and lifestyle modification. The campaign also features the personal stories of people who have prevented and who are living with type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes Australia represents all people affected by all types of diabetes. The aim of the 2014 National Diabetes Week campaign is to raise awareness of the seriousness and prevalence of type 2 diabetes and encourage all Australians to check their risk.
How can you support this national campaign:
- Visit the campaign website at checkmyrisk.org.au to test your risk of type 2 diabetes, to read a variety of personal stories and read about the facts that make up the campaign.
- Help us spread the word. Tell your family, friends, colleagues and local community about the campaign and encourage them to show their support.
- Follow the Diabetes Australia and Diabetes Australia – Vic Facebook pages or follow us on twitter at @DiabetesAus and @DiabetesVic: use the hashtag #NDW14 to engage with this year’s campaign.
- Display the campaign materials in a prominent place. You can communicate the messages of the campaign with your stakeholders by ordering a campaign pack (3 x A3 posters, 24 post cards and links to an info sheet) The campaign packs will be freely available for download and orders on the campaign website
- Hold your own event and encourage people to check their risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Let us know how you’ve marked National Diabetes Week by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your support, from the National Diabetes Week Campaign Team.
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