The Global Diabetes Walk is a global diabetes awareness-raising campaign taking place every year in November.
It’s a Walk designed by you, based on the regulations and conditions where you live. Walk alone or together, at home or in public spaces. You decide – then, inspire others by sharing your plans, and results.
WHEN IS IT?
WHO CAN WALK?
All are welcome! Individuals can walk alone or with friends or family, while organisations can plan larger Walks (see section 'How to organise' below or contact us for guidance).
WHY SHOULD I WALK?
You will receive a digital certificate of appreciation from the World Diabetes Foundation. When you Walk, you take care of yourself, and spread awareness about the importance of diabetes prevention and care.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Choose the distance and the date or dates you want to Walk. Many Walks take place on or around November 14, World Diabetes Day – but any time in November is fine. Then register your Walk. Don't worry: if the details change, you can update your registration afterwards.
Photo Courtesy of: Fundación Vida Nueva, Colombia
Today, more than 463 million people have diabetes. By 2030, that could rise to 578 million. Most live with type 2 diabetes, which is preventable in many cases. Four out of five people with diabetes live in low- and middle- income countries.
Since 2004, more than 5 million people have joined the Global Diabetes Walk, which is WDF's contribution to the International Diabetes Federation’s annual campaign marking World Diabetes Day on November 14.
Plan your Walk:
- Look for partners. Reach out to relevant spokespersons, leaders of diabetes associations and others who can help you get the word out, provide good ideas, and contribute financing for your plan.
- Choose a distance and date. Many Walks take place on or around November 14, World Diabetes Day – but any time in November is fine.
- Choose a place. Depending on the type of your chosen activities you might want to walk down the street or take over the town square.
- Be safe and compliant. Be sure to follow local rules and alert authorities if relevant.
- Register your Walk. Don't forget to register your Walk on our website. The earlier you register, the better. People like to follow an example, so give them one!
See our Resources section below for information about diabetes, exercise, COVID-19 and NCDs, and more. You will also find social media friendly images and graphics.
If COVID-19 restrictions do not allow a Walk in 2021, consider encouraging your community to participate as individuals. Refer them to our website and social media, and share with them an informational flyer.
Explore the interactive 'Who Walks' map to find a Walk near you.
Click on the map to get the full overview.
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