Together We Can Prevent Diabetes is a locally developed campaign designed to raise awareness among Santa Clara County residents that preventing diabetes is possible and is “in our hands” through healthy choices like eating more fruits and vegetables and doing light to moderate physical activity, such as walking or yoga.
While individual behavior change is necessary to prevent diabetes, this positive, community-wide campaign also calls for residents and organizations in Santa Clara County to come together to support one another and work collectively to address this health crisis.
The “It’s in our hands” messaging and initiative will run in November 2015. Campaign messages will be displayed on VTA buses and bus shelters located in neighborhoods throughout the county. Other initiative components include helping people to understand their risk for prediabetes and diabetes, through community screening events and through the implementation of effective diabetes prevention intervention programs.
Why Diabetes Prevention Matters
Diabetes is a growing health concern across the nation. While about 1 out of 11 (9%) American adults have diabetes, it is estimated that 1 out of 3 (33%) American adults have prediabetes. In Santa Clara County, 8% of adults have been told that they have diabetes and 10% of adults have been told they have prediabetes.
Diabetes can cause serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and even lead to the loss of toes, feet or legs.
Local leaders in Santa Clara County are concerned about the rise in diabetes rates in our community and are encouraging community partners to work together to ensure access to diabetes screening and to provide more community resources to help prevent diabetes.
About Diabetes and Prediabetes
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat and beverages we drink are turned into sugar for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas is an organ that makes insulin (a hormone) to process the sugar to provide energy for the cells in the body.
When you have diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use insulin as well as it should, causing sugar to build up in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
Prediabetes is when your blood sugar is higher than normal but not as high as when you have type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that 9 out of 10 American Adults with prediabetes do not know they have it! This is serious because without weight loss and moderate exercise, as many as a third of people with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within five years.* With intervention, people with prediabetes can reduce their blood sugar levels and diabetes can be prevented. *The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infographic "A Snapshot of Diabetes in the United States ."
Diabetes in Santa Clara County
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Campaign Art in English, Spanish and Vietnamese
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