Lions and Leos observe Diabetes Awareness

Press Release:-The Castries Lions and Leos joined their partners the Saint Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association in observing November as Diabetes Awareness Month.

The activities commenced with a wear blue Friday challenge with theme  “Rocking Blue with our Eyes on Diabetes”  This challenge required Lions and Leos to invite their family, friends and colleagues to wear blue every Friday in November and to send in the pictures which were posted on our Face book page.  

On November 14, the Castries Lions and Leos joined with the Moonlight Walk to raise awareness of Diabetes. The walk started with an all-time low as participation was not the hype expected. However, despite this, the Lions Leos and participants walked through the showers chanting – Defeat Diabetes Now.

At the end of the walk, the participants received messages among others, from the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association a juvenile diabetic as well as a member of the Lions Club who pledged our continued support.

The Leos had prepared a skit to demonstrate the effects of diabetes on the eyes but because of the inclement weather this had to be aborted. This did not put a damper on the candle lighting ceremony in honour of persons living with diabetes and those who have succumb to the disease.

Diabetes Awareness Education campaign continued with a town hall meeting under the theme – “Join the Conversation – Let’s Talk Diabetes.” The Panel for the discussion comprised Dr Nathaniel, Dr Seslyn Maylor, Optometrist, Dr Glace-George, Dietitian and Andrew Felix, Fitness Trainer.

The discussion was very lively and interactive and covered areas like Diabetes Management which was identified as a holistic approach involving a cross section – Doctors, nutritionist, fitness experts, eye care professionals, foot care professionals, family and friends and above all Self management.

Diabetes eye care management requires regular visits to your eye specialists and a once yearly dilated eye exam. Nutrition in the management of diabetes requires that one eats on time, knowing what to eat and how much. The most important factor in diabetes nutritional management is portion sizes.

The importance of exercise in the management of diabetes cannot be overemphasized. It was noted that we should be concerned about what goes into our bodies. We were challenged to value ourselves and ensure that we stop being comfortable with the uncomfortable – take action now.

The Castries Lions Club would like to express our appreciation to the team of professionals who made this activity possible as well as the Diabetes and Hypertension Association for allowing us to partner with them. Thanks to the Lions and their guest who made this even more feasible.