Make a Difference on Diabetes 'Alert Day'

March 24 is the American Diabetes Association Alert Day, an annual observance designed to be a wake-up call for Americans about a condition that can be deadly and devastating if left undiagnosed or untreated.

If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes, or if you just want to join the cause, there are several ways you can get involved with "Alert Day" to help spread awareness.

Get social

Social media is a powerful avenue through which you can bring education and awareness to family members and friends. The hashtag used for the cause is simply #DiabetesAlertDay. Organizations you can tag in your posts include the National Diabetes Education Program and The American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Take and share the risk test

The American Diabetes Association has a simple "Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test" that you can take yourself or share with others. The test can be taken online, or you can download a paper version.

The test will determine your level of diabetes risk and provide next steps for minimizing risk factors and preventing the development of the condition.

Spread the word with promotional materials

A wide range of Alert Day materials can be downloaded for free on the ADA's website, including posters, flyers, web banners, fact sheets, newsletter inserts and PSA scripts.

Use them in your workplace, at your school campus or in other public arenas where they will gain visibility.

Step Out

"Step Out" Walks are organized diabetes awareness events that occur at different times and dates throughout various locations in the country.

Alert Day is a perfect time to join a team or start a fundraising page to help raise awareness about diabetes.

Learn more about the Step Out Walk movement here.

Source: ADA
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