Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 14, 2012
Sen. Constance N. Johnson
Capitol to be lit blue on Nov. 14th to celebrate World Diabetes
The State Capitol will be lit blue on November 14th
in recognition of World Diabetes Day to raise awareness about the
disease that affects thousands of Oklahomans each year.
“We are so excited that our beautiful State Capitol will
be one of more than 1,100 monuments worldwide that will be lit blue
this evening to call attention to the devastating impact that diabetes
takes on individuals and families,” said Sen. Constance
N. Johnson (D-Oklahoma County).
Rep. Randy McDaniel (R-OKC) along with agency and community advocates
are co-hosting the 4th Annual Capitol Dome Blue World Diabetes Day
Program, taking place Wednesday, November 14, 2012, from 5:30-7:45,
on the 2nd and 4th Floors of the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
The World Diabetes Day program will focus on the importance, especially
for those that are most affected, of knowing the facts about diabetes
prevention and management; the effectiveness of story sharing in
advocating for policies that help improve diabetic and overall health
outcomes; and the importance of increasing education/awareness about
diabetes prevention and management in order to advocate for policy
“Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every 17 seconds and
200 people die each day from this disease, which is tragic because
it can be prevented and managed with proper nutrition,” said
Johnson. “Oklahoma has the fourth highest diabetes death rate
in the country. World Diabetes Day is an effort to educate our citizens
and make them realize that by changing their lifestyle and diet,
they can stop or avoid diabetes all together.”
This year’s program goal is the importance of creating a
positive focus for people who have diabetes and co-occurring mental
health issues such as depression and anxiety, alcoholism and substance
abuse, stress and trauma. The program will also include free screenings,
supplies, information and referral, prizes and promotions from a
variety of vendors. As always, there will also be a collaborative
focus on increased youth awareness about diabetes prevention and
management, and policy initiatives that impact them.
“One in six Oklahomans suffers from diabetes, which is the
sixth leading cause of death in our state,” said McDaniel.
“We must do all we can to give people the educational tools
they need to stop this disease. The American Diabetes Association
estimates that one in three Americans will be diabetic by 2050 if
people don’t start eating and living healthier lifestyles.
We hope this annual event will help reverse this deadly trend.”
Agency and community partners include the African American Community
Diabetes Prevention Partners, Oklahoma City/County Health, the State
Department of Health, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, the Indian Health
Clinic, the American Diabetes Association, Areawide Aging Agencies,
and others, all of whom share goals in the prevention and management
of diabetes in Oklahoma.
Proposals regulating workers, policies and facilities that affect
the diabetes spectrum of care have been identified in previous programs
as advocacy initiatives that can come out of events such as this.
The public is cordially invited to attend.
For more information contact:
Sen. Johnson: (405) 521-5531