By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s administration tonight partnered with Winthrop University Hospital to illuminate the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building blue, commemorating World Diabetes Day and raising awareness of this disease
The “Bring Diabetes to Light” program also included a candle-lighting ceremony to honor those who have been affected by diabetes and those who have lost their lives.
Marie Cimaglia, Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Long Island Chapter welcomed the attendees and remarks were made by representatives from Winthrop’s Diabetes & Obesity Institute and the Winthrop Comprehensive Diabetes Care Center.
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.
World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide by over 200 member associations in 160 countries and territories. This celebration draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.
County Executive Mangano reminds residents, “Most people don’t know how dangerous diabetes can be, but fast growing organizations like the Long Island Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have helped to educate people. 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 in the field 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 prevent type 2 diabetes and manage both type 1 and 2.
County Executive Mangano reminds residents of Nassau’s “Fit Nassau” initiative, which looks to make Nassau County the healthiest county in the country. Fitness trails are located throughout Eisenhower Park and the County partnered to launch Farmers Markets throughout Nassau.