Celebrating People in Action to Stop Diabetes: Hawaii and Louisiana

Ewa Makai Middle School PSA winners

Ewa Makai Middle School PSA winners

It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week and the American Diabetes Association is celebrating service for people touched by diabetes. We can’t accomplish our mission without volunteers, and one way we thank them is through our annual Stop Diabetes Community Awards. These 2012 winners demonstrate what volunteering for a great cause is all about!

American Diabetes Association of Hawaii launches PSA contest

Roosevelt High School PSA winners

Roosevelt High School PSA winners

In 2011, the Association’s Youth and Family Link Subcommittee in Hawaii received funding support from The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu and launched its first-ever “Diabetes Is…” Video/PSA Contest. It was open to any student (6th through 12th graders) at any accredited public, private, charter or home school in the state.

The Association provided tech coordinators with contest rules to incorporate into their curriculum. Video/PSA entries were to focus on one or both of the following: 1) diabetes awareness and prevention and 2) everyday life with diabetes.

Winning entries were announced and featured at the Hawaii Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on March 17, 2012.

Fan Favorite: “Diabetes Is… Controllable” by the talented students of Ewa Makai Middle School

Judge’s Pick: “Diabetes Is… A Life Changer” by the equally talented students at Roosevelt High School

Great work, kids! The 2013 contest winners were just announced; see more at: http://www.youtube.com/adahawaii

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Keeping Louisiana Children with Diabetes Safe at School

Louisiana Advocacy Chair Eloise Keene accepts her Stop Diabetes Award with John Guzzardo, executive director for the Association’s Louisiana office.

Louisiana Advocacy Chair Eloise Keene accepts her Stop Diabetes Award with John Guzzardo, executive director for the Association’s Louisiana office.

In June 2012, Louisiana became the 29th state to have a Safe at School bill, a key piece of legislation in the fight to keep children with diabetes safe at school. Covering every aspect of the model legislation, this bill passed with overwhelming support.

This bill allows school employees to volunteer to be trained to help children with diabetes with essential care tasks. These tasks include administering insulin, which is needed multiple times a day, and glucagon, a hormone needed in the case of dangerously low blood glucose levels. This bill also allows children to self-manage their diabetes while at school if they are capable of doing so.

To increase awareness about the importance of this legislation, diabetes advocates sent letters, made calls of support and worked countless hours at the state capital lobbying legislators.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped make this happen! Now, Louisiana’s children can be safe at school.

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