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World Diabetes Day 2017 - Women and Diabetes --- Our Right to a Healthy Future

World Diabetes Day 2017

The World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on 14 November. It was designated in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization to address the growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes poses. The theme for WDD this year is “Women and Diabetes - Our Right to a Healthy Future”.

Women are often the caretakers of the family. Women can create tasty yet healthy food choices for their loved ones especially those with chronic diseases like diabetes. Healthy dishes do taste good. The key is to pick the right ingredients and cooking methods.

Exercise is equally important in the control and prevention of chronic diseases like diabetes. Not only can women act as role models to lead an active lifestyle and encourage their family members to incorporate exercise into their everyday life, women can also be a good partner to keep family members with diabetes or other chronic diseases motivated and adhere to the habit of exercising. In fact, both will benefit from regular exercise.

Women are key motivators for their family members to take control of their health and well-being, and your family doctor would be your good companion in health. Family doctors provide patients with continuous, comprehensive care and offer you practical advice on how to support and take care of your family members or friends with chronic diseases like diabetes. Do not hesitate to find a family doctor if you don’t already have one! You may wish to try finding one suiting your needs at the Department of Health’s Primary Care Directory at www.familydoctor.gov.hk

This website includes a variety of useful resources, ranging from principles of diabetes management, to diabetic friendly recipes and myths on diabetes, as well as other reference materials.

 

Snapshots of World Diabetes Day 2017 publicity and educational event

The Department of Health and Diabetes Hongkong has co-organized a publicity / educational event on 14 November 2017. In the event, endocrinologists and dietitians shared with participants on prevention of diabetes, as well as food labeling in making healthy food choices, followed by a supermarket tour to offer practical advice to empower women to have a positive impact on their families.

Programme of the Ceremony:

Opening ceremony
Exercise led by nurse
Presentation by specialist in Endocrinology and dietician
Supermarket Tour
Press Release

Opening ceremony

Welcome remarks by Guest of Honour, Dr CHAN Hon-yee, Director of Health

Welcome remarks by Guest of Honour, Dr CHAN Hon-yee, Director of Health

The officiating guests participated in the kick-off ceremony.

The officiating guests participated in the kick-off ceremony.

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Exercise led by nurse

Participants were led by a nurse to take part in a family workout exercise

Participants were led by a nurse to take part in a family workout exercise

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Supermarket Tour

Participants were guided by dietitians to examine food labels so as to choose healthier snacks and pre-packaged food from supermarkets (photo 1)
Participants were guided by dietitians to examine food labels so as to choose healthier snacks and pre-packaged food from supermarkets (photo 2)

Participants were guided by dietitians to examine food labels so as to choose healthier snacks and pre-packaged food from supermarkets

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Useful resources
Managing Diabetes Made Easy

Managing Diabetes Made Easy (Chinese version only)

This information booklet is tailor made for newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes patients. It contains useful information on the disease and its daily management including skills for self-monitoring, healthy diet and travelling tips.

Diabetes-friendly Recipes

Diabetes-friendly Recipes (Chinese version only)

This booklet contains diabetes-friendly recipes suitable for individuals with diabetes, as well as their family and friends. Information related to menu planning and carbohydrate exchange are also included.

Hong Kong Reference Framework for Diabetes Care for Adults in Primary Care Settings (Patient version)

Hong Kong Reference Framework for Diabetes Care for Adults in Primary Care Settings (Patient version)

Management of Adults with Diabetes and Hypertension in Primary Care Settings

Management of Adults with Diabetes and Hypertension in Primary Care Settings

Diabetes-friendly recipes YouTube videos

Diabetes-friendly recipes YouTube videos

Myths about diabetes

Myths about diabetes

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