November 14 is coming soon - and this year we hope to see the Global Diabetes Walk campaign grow even bigger.
Organising a Walk is a great opportunity to mobilise your community and contribute to the global fight against diabetes. We welcome all Walks – of all sizes – because every step counts.
Why take steps? Because diabetes is a pandemic
Today, more than 425 million people have diabetes. By 2045, that could rise to 629 million. And 79% of people with diabetes live in low- and middle- income countries.Yet there's something we all can do, no matter where we live. Regular exercise helps keep blood sugar levels stable, reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases, and improves well-being.
Taking steps to prevent diabetes
November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Each year, the International Diabetes Federation marks the day with a global campaign promoting diabetes awareness and advocacy. The Global Diabetes Walk is the WDF's contribution to this important campaign. Since 2004, more than 5 million people have joined WDF’s effort to raise awareness and encourage more people to take steps to prevent this devastating disease.
Decide on a location. Consider a spot that is central and easily accessible. Many Walks begin in a town square, central plaza, or other well-known spot. Once you have found your location, make sure to investigate whether a permit is required.
Join forces. Reach out to local authorities, relevant spokespersons, leaders of diabetes associations and other potential partners. Partners can help you get the word out, provide good ideas, and contribute financing to your event.
Make a plan. Start by setting a route for your Walk. Consider how long the Walk will be, and where it will start and end. Think abou whether you want to print banners, posters or t-shirts to draw attention to your Walk. Do you want to arrange other activities before or after your Walk? Only your imagination is the limit.
Promote your Walk. Make sure to start your promotion early. See the Walk Toolbox for good ideas and free materials.
Register your Walk. Once the essentials are in place, make sure to register your Walk on our website. This helps promote your Walk, and ensures that your Walk will be counted in this year's Walk campaign.
Enjoy! With the planning and promotion in place, there is only one thing left to do: Enjoy your Walk! And feel great about the steps you are taking to prevent diabetes.
The Global Diabetes Walk Toolbox contains all you need in order to organise a Walk, including free downloadable materials and great ideas on how to promote your Walk.
New for 2019 - 15th Anniversary Walk stickers. The design comes in 3 sizes - download and print them locally to add extra colour to this year's Walk.
Explore the interactive 'Who Walks' map to find a Walk near you.
Click on the map to get the full overview.
Once the essentials are in place, make sure to register your Walk on our website. This helps promote your Walk, and ensures that your Walk will be counted in this year's Walk campaign.