Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined with officials from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) on Monday, November 14th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola, to commemorate World Diabetes Day – which seeks to raise awareness of the disease that affects nearly 200 children every day. The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Building was lit blue to commemorate those who have been affected by diabetes and those who have lost their lives.
“Thanks to everyone from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and all the Youth Ambassadors for joining us as we raise awareness of World Diabetes Day,” said County Executive Mangano. “World Diabetes Day helps to bring an increased awareness of the disease and its young patients to parents and caregivers, teachers, healthcare professionals and the general public. With almost 200 children developing diabetes every day, it is a message that we should all carry.”
Experts say the key to surviving this chronic disease is management of the illness and living a healthy lifestyle. Healthy habits (good nutrition and exercise) help to prevent type 2 diabetes and manage both type 1 and 2. To promote a healthy lifestyle here in Nassau County, there are fitness trails throughout Eisenhower Park, Farmers Markets across the County during the summer months.
World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. It is celebrated on November 14th to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea, which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.