Tuesday, November 16, 2010

HOPE Mexico Recognizes World Diabetes Day

On Sunday, November 14th Project HOPE participated in a World Diabetes Day event in Mexico City. Gathering in front of the Angel of Independence, thousands celebrated the importance of an active lifestyle, including activites such as biking and dancing, to prevent and control diabetes, obesity and related health problems. Promoting awareness is a priority for the Ministry of Health (MOH); Mexico has the second highest global obesity rate and diabetes is the leading cause of death nationwide.

Thanks to a donation from Johnson & Johnson Project HOPE offered free blood glucose screenings, using a traffic light to help people interpret their results.

Project HOPE also donated 20 One Touch glucose meters and 5,000 test strips to the Mexico City Department of Health Promotion. Vice Director Monica Huerta thanked Project HOPE for its generous support and leadership during the event.

Working with “peer educators” -- people living with diabetes who have been trained by Project HOPE to educate and inspire others -- the organization will continue to raise awareness and offer screening in public spaces year-round.

Better access to screening and education is key because early detection and good self-management helps to prevent or delay complications and raise quality of life.

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