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29 September 2020

News from Europe

Ireland: empowering people to make the healthy choice

Ireland 1Diabetes Ireland marked World Diabetes Day 2014 with a wide range of activities. The central focus of the activities was the launch of an online Type 2 diabetes Risk Assessment Test on the association’s redesigned website. The launch was supported by press releases, media interviews and a strong radio advertising campaign across the week which all resulted in over 4,500 people taking the Risk Assessment.

Diabetes Ireland also organised its annual General Meeting and education seminar on Sunday 16 November. Entitled “Head to Toe Management”, the event had three distinct streams for Type 1 Diabetes, Type 1 Parents & Teens and Type 2 Diabetes alongside a special “Type 1 Life Stories” stream which saw individuals give their own account of managing their type 1. In addition to this main education seminar, there were numerous regional education meetings around the country as well as public type 2 screening events.   

To facilitate healthy eating for all the family and potentially reduce the burden of obesity and related conditions in Ireland, Diabetes Ireland also launched a leaflet to help people with diabetes read and understand the ‘traffic light’ food labelling format that has begun to appear on pre-packaged supermarket items.

Ireland 2The final initiative which was launched during the week was the new partnership with Healthsmart Camps to launch a new 2015 Weekend Camp initiative for people with Type 2 diabetes who want to make positive lifestyle changes.

Last but not least, the Convention Centre Dublin, The Mansion House Dublin (Lord Mayor’s Residence), Dublin City Hall, Kilkenny Castle and Cork City Hall all turn their lights blue and join the global Blue Monument Challenge.

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