Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes Banner Patch

Lions/Lioness Club Award

2013-2014 Banner Patch for Community Diabetes Awareness

Patch Application

Door Hanger Project

This Wisconsin partnership project is a “must do” for Lion and Lioness clubs who are looking for a project that can be easily and quickly completed.  It has great potential for fun interaction with other local organizations such as the Leo Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and others.

Clubs are being asked to simply distribute to local communities a small informational, two-sided door hanger that is hung on the outside of a household door.  the door hanger provides information about healthcare quality and offers simple questions to increase awareness of the risk for type 2 diabetes.  For more information/an order for, click here.  To see what the actual Door Hangar looks like click here.

Community Diabetes Education Project

In 1999, WLF, with a $100,000 grant from LCIF, undertook development of a major new initiative: a community-based diabetes education project for patients, health professionals, and the public.  To date, this effort has been focused in every Lionistic District, and we have learned a great deal.

A continuing goal has always been to find a way to expand the project to serve many more communities.  That mechanism has now been established and an ambitious expanded Community Diabetes Education Project has been developed.

The Wisconsin Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, through its Diabetes Advisory Group (50 + health care experts), has published the second edition of its “Essential Diabetes Care Guidelines” for health professionals.  Please click on their name for more details.

Diabetes in Wisconsin

Six and one-half percent of Wisconsinites (330,000+)  now have diabetes, and the incidence is growing at an epidemic rate.  It is estimated that an equal number have diabetes, but have not yet been diagnosed.  The direct and indirect cost of diabetes in Wisconsin is counted in billions of dollars.

Much can be done–through building awareness and education (public, patients with diabetes, families of those with diabetes, and health professionals)–to encourage early detection, improve control of diabetes and reduce the potential complications for those with diabetes.  And Wisconsin Lions can make a significant and important contribution.

Lions and Diabetes

Awareness was adopted as a long-term commitment of Lions International in March 1984.  The primary objective of the Lions project is to reduce the number of new cases of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy (a common complication of uncontrolled diabetes) through diabetes education, early detection and treatment, and support of research.

Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people aged 20-74.  Other diabetes complications include much higher incidences of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney problems, nerve damage, and amputations.

What Your Club Can Do To Help

Your Wisconsin Lions Foundation Program Associate is being asked to serve as the initial focal point for encouraging your Club’s support of the WLF Community Diabetes Education Project.

Diabetes is a major focus of Lions International’s  Lions Eye Health Program (LEHP), also known as SightFirst.  If your club does not already have a LEHP or SightFirst Chair, perhaps you could consider establishing a Diabetes Chair.  Chances are great that every Lions and Lioness Club in Wisconsin has one or more members with diabetes who would be interested in serving.

One key to developing an active local community diabetes effort is teamwork between a Diabetes Project Leader and your Publicity Chair, and, of course, the support of other members when a project is in process.

Club participation will raise your community’s awareness of the newsworthy and important issues surrounding diabetes.  It will also bring your Club’s good works to the attention of the community (as well as to prospective new members).

The time commitment required to develop worth (and newsworthy) diabetes-related projects is not great.

WLF has developed easy-to-follow Club Community Diabetes Manual and materials for several model projects.  These include (at no cost) press releases for community newspapers, public service announcements, handout brochures, and more.  All can easily be ordered by phone, fax, e-mail or mail.  Contact WLF at 877-463-6953.

Club Community Diabetes Awareness Manual

Click here to download

Diabetes Educational DVDs

Free Educational DVD’s Online Order Form

Free Educational DVD’s Printable Order Form

Chronic Kidney DVD

Diabetic Retinopathy DVD

Dilated Eye Exam DVD

Type 1 Diabetes: Caring with Confidence DVD

Sample Projects to Consider

Connect with the Newspapers

Because of its public health significance diabetes is a hot topic, especially for editors of the community newspapers.  You can provide news release information, obtained from the State, that many editors will want to use, and associate it with your Club.  Also, community newspapers often look for “fillers” to plug empty spots in an edition; you’ll have diabetes public service announcements to offer.

Community Diabetes Education

You can draw attention to diabetes in several ways in your community.  Participating in health fairs and setting up information tables at shopping areas and at community events are examples.  You’ll have educational literature to pass out provided by the State and the American Diabetes Association, including a diabetes risk self-assessment questionnaire.

Support Medical Professionals

You can help medical professional groups, e.g., hospitals and clinics, which wish to provide a Community Diabetes Screening Program by providing assistance and promotion.