Saturday 14 November is World Diabetes Day – a day when people around the world come together to show their support for those living with this chronic condition.
To mark the day Diabetes WA is lighting up seven prominent Perth landmarks in blue – the chosen colour of the International Diabetes Federation. As night falls, the following buildings and landmarks will be lit blue:
- The Belltower, Perth CBD
- Council House, Perth CBD
- Trafalgar Bridge, East Perth
- Fremantle Prison Gatehouse, Fremantle
- Parliament House, West Perth
- State Theatre Centre of WA, Northbridge
- Perth Concert Hall, Perth CBD.
Diabetes WA CEO Andrew Wagstaff said, “The scope of this event shows the enormous impact diabetes has across the world, so I encourage everyone to visit these Perth hot-spots on the night to show their support for people living with the condition.”
This year’s World Diabetes Day campaign will focus on healthy eating as a key factor in the fight against diabetes and a cornerstone of health.
“We know that healthy eating is an important part of managing all types of diabetes. A healthy lifestyle could prevent up to 70% of type 2 diabetes and reduce complications in people with diabetes.
“While type 1 diabetes can’t be prevented, a healthy lifestyle is an important part of effective management of the condition.
“Raising awareness of diabetes through events such as World Diabetes Day is critical, as it is only through greater public awareness and education that we will ever be able to stem the rising tide of type 2 diabetes diagnoses,” said Andrew Wagstaff, Diabetes WA CEO.