In case you weren’t able to attend, the Twitter #blogchat last Sunday night was focused on discussing what bloggers can do to help in times of crisis. In light of the recent catastrophe in Japan, the participants discussed ways that bloggers can reach out and assist when natural disasters or other major events occur. The support of causes, relief funds, and non-profit advocacy groups was one of the easiest, and effective ways for bloggers to get involved.
Since my blog is focused on social media and its impact on people, I have decided to practice the good lessons I learned from the #blogchat community and use my blog today to spread the word about a silent epidemic that is impacting the U.S. every day. Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Advocacy has estimated that 26 million Americans have diabetes. As if that fact weren’t staggering enough, they estimate that 7 million of those are currently undiagnosed.
Stop for a second and think about that. SEVEN MILLION Americans are walking around with diabetes and they don’t even know it.
Kids, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles…this disease impacts everyone! Fortunately, the American Diabetes Association is dedicating their resources today educating Americans about diabetes and has designated today as Diabetes Alert Day. They have set a goal of reaching 1 million Americans and increasing their awareness about the risk. To support their efforts, I have followed the lead of one of my clients and “checked” my risk and am sharing the link to the test via my blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
The risk test is an online tool from the ADA and it took all of 2 minutes to assess my risk. I’d encourage all of my readers to take a few minutes and assess your risk. If you’re so inclined, spread the word and help increase awareness via your social channels.
It’s Diabetes Alert day! Help us spread the word and raise awareness of the disease!