If you are in downtown State College between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday,don’t be surprised to see a large group of students and staff from the State College Area School District’s Delta Program around town. You’ll notice that they are all proudly wearing their “Diabetes — Take It On” T-shirts and carrying light blue balloons (the color for World Diabetes Day), both to recognize and to make the community aware of diabetes, an issue that we all must face.
Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day, the perfect time to raise awareness of the epidemic that diabetes has become around the world, around the United States and in the Centre Region. Unfortunately we are seeing rapid increases around the world in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
The Student Assistance Program team at the Delta Program will organize the walk. Approximately 250 students and staff will each walk 4,000 steps (2 miles) in their trek through downtown State College. This combined walk will total 1 milion steps — a personal goal they would like individuals to set for themselves over the next year. If people would walk two miles, five days a week, for 50 weeks, they would log 1 million steps toward better health.
Why not start Friday and share with us at www.diabetestakeiton.com next year how you did? How many millions of steps can we collectively walk in the Centre Region in this next year toward better health?
This will be the second year for the Delta Program’s walk.
“We need to educate students to life choices. The walk is a great way for our students to raise awareness about diabetes for the community, and for them to see and show others that taking time for physical activity is a smart choice for future health,” Delta Program Director Jon Downs said.
Making smart choices and being active is also a goal of another local organization, People Centre’d on Diabetes . PCOD is made up of residents and professionals who are living with diabetes or who interact with people who have diabetes on a daily basis. The mission of PCOD is to raise diabetes awareness and promote wellness in the Centre Region. If you would like to learn more about or join PCOD, or if you would like to comment on this article, visit www.diabetestakeiton.com.