Prevent Diabetes in Your Community

In this month’s Lion Magazine,  we tackled the issue of diabetes. Unfortunately, this disease is on the rise; 24 million Americans have diabetes. This reflects a 50 percent increase in just the last decade.

But, there are things that we can do to reduce the risk factors for developing Type II diabetes. The Mayo Clinic provides five simple ideas for reducing your risk factors: get more physical activity, get plenty of fiber, go for the whole grains, lose extra weight and avoid fad diets. Apply these small tips on a community-wide scale and raise awareness for diabetes prevention in your neighborhood. Here are some of our ideas to get you started:

  1. Start a walking group. A quick stroll before your meetings will get the blood pumping and energize your Lions. As a community service project, partner with a senior citizen home to take weekly walks for exercise.
  2. Keep food at meetings light. If you typically meet at a restaurant for meetings, switch to healthier fare like salads, baked lean protein and veggies. Or, encourage Lions to provide healthy snacks and potluck dishes if everyone brings something to your meetings. You can taste test the healthy dishes and vote on your favorite, awarding the best healthy cook with a prize for their efforts.
  3. Switch to whole-grain pasta at your next spaghetti dinner. Or, opt for whole-grain hot dog and hamburger buns at your cookout. Provide pamphlets about diabetes prevention and make your guests aware of the changes so they can make healthier choices at home, too.
  4. Host a “biggest loser” contest.  Offer a prize to the Lion who loses the most percentage of body fat. Make it a fun competition and try to get everyone involved.

So what are you doing to raise awareness for diabetes in your community?  Let us know in the comments section.

  • http://www.lionsclubsujok.in Lion Luthria G

    We the members of the Lions Club Mumbai Sujok have been working with patients suffering from diabetes and are happy to say that many patients have got control over their diabetes. Some of them have been totally cured by treating themselves by Sujok therapy. We believe in the Chinese proverb ““Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. In the Health Camps we hold, we demonstrate to people how they could get pain relief in few seconds compared to distributing pain killers that might have been purchased or gifted by pharmacy companies to advertise their products. A week or so later from the health camp, they will be purchasing the same from pharmacy to continue the treatment. In other words we only assisted the companies to sell their products. While, with our system we teach them how to get rid of pain by Sujok, that costs practically nothing, have no side effects. They are also able to help their families and friends in future.
    Once the patient gets the confidence that pain relief is their in a jiffy they accept our word that they can get rid of their diabetes also. The cost of diabetes treatment is practically nothing. It can be taught to any person in few minutes.
    We urge all the Lion members who read this to go to our website and see various videos that are very informative.
    Any one can contact us, from any part of the world and we shall be very glad to teach them Sujok system on Skype, Google video talk etc.

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    http://www.earlysymptomsdiabetesguru.com/

  • http://www.foothill.net/colfax/lions Mike Harrison

    Brilliant! I’m going to a club meeting shortly and will print this out to take it with me.

    Thank you!
    Mike

  • http://lionscluballd.wordpress.com vpmarwah

    Please spread these tips of Mayo Clinic allover the world to create awareness amongst the masses. It is a very good effort to tackle this deadly disease