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The Netherlands: youth advocates mobilise for World Diabetes Day

Published on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:26

Inform, support and empower young people with diabetes and explore new diets was on the agenda of youth advocates to mark World Diabetes Day this year in the Netherlands.

type1incolorOn World Diabetes Day, the youth support group Stichting ééndiabetes (Foundation 1 Diabetes) celebrated the launch of their photo exhibition of portraits of young people living with type 1 diabetes. Twelve youth advocates were asked to pause as models in a set of photos that makes their diabetes visible to others. The aim is to let other young people with diabetes that they are not alone, and that others like them are there to help them cope with the daily challenges of their condition.

The theme of this year’s exhibition was #type1incolor. Diabetes can indeed sometimes feel like it is all dark and grey skies ahead, but by seeing life in colours, people can find the strength and positivity to take control of their condition and live a healthy life.

The photo exhibition is now on display in nine hospitals around the country, and, as a futher proof of the success of this initiative, other support group from European countries including Denmark, Malta and Hungary have announced plans to carry out similar initiatives.

You can view the #type1incolor photo gallery here.

For more information, contact Matthijs Graner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“To measure is to know”: healthy eating and atypical diets for diabetes prevention and management

IMG 0156Dia-B, another support group for young people with diabetes in the Netherlands, organised a series of activities on Saturday 15 November. Echoing the international campaign theme for 2014, the events focused on the importance of healthy eating.

Participants to Dia-B activities were invited to start off with a healthy brunch, followed by a workshop on healthy eating with a panel of experts including nutritionists and researchers. A series of topics were discussed, for example what are the effects of saturated fats on insulin uptake.

In the afternoon guests were invited to explore more atypical diets thanks to a workshop on eating insects, during which everyone attending had to try and take a bite!

The day was closed with a lecture by Rinke Klein Entink from the Bas van de Goor Foundation (Bas van de Goor is a renowned former professional volley-ball player living with type 1 diabetes), which focused on nutrition and sports. Because, at the end of the day, what is healthy living without exercise…? For more information, contact Annelieke Overbeeke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.