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Diabetes UK helps fund Somali awareness day

The Somali Health Awareness Foundation held a family diabetes awareness day at the Spring Borough Hall in Northampton.

The event, which included 50 parents and 20 children, was partially funded by Diabetes UK, and coincided with the launch of new leaflets on diabetes in Somali and Arabic.

Raising awareness

The day provided vital information about diabetes for community members, including advice on the link between lifestyle and diabetes, and how this is affected by food choices and exercise.

Food competition

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To emphasise the importance of healthy eating, a competition was organised for children between the ages of 5-12.

The children were encouraged to paint the healthy foods they thought might reduce obesity and help prevent diabetes. Many of the children defined diabetes in their own words.

Dr Nouraddeen, a Somalian physician, also gave a presentation about diabetes and its complications.

Mohammed, one of the participants, said: "It is the first time in my life I have learned more about this long-term illness and I intend to learn even more."

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People from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic groups (BAME), groups at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes include those over 25 who are overweight, or have a family history of diabetes.

Diabetes Support Project

The Diabetes Support Project awards grants for locally organised events for people with diabetes.  For more information and an application form, contact  Alison James, telephone  020 7424 1888 or email  alison.james@diabetes.org.uk

For a full listing of all the language leaflets we produce, please call 0800 585 088 and quote 9000 to request a catalogue. Alternatively, you can learn more about diabetes information in different languages on the right hand column of this page.

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