Global Diabetes Walk
November 14th is observed as World Diabetes day. It brings together millions of people in over 160 countries to raise awareness of diabetes. World Diabetes Day unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness. World Diabetes Day takes place on 14 November every year and is an official United Nations World Day.Global Diabetes Walks are organized on World Diabetes Day all over the world to highlight the importance of physical activity to combat diabetes and other lifestyle diseases.

In 2009 we organised the Global Diabetes Walk on 14 November in Pathanamthitta town with the objective ‘To learn the beauty of walking together and to learn how to burn a few calories’. The participation of students and teachers from various schools and health workers crossed all our expectations and the Walk became a success. The walk which was flagged off by the octogenarian film actor, Sri Jagannatha Varma was attended by a number of heads of government departments and elected representatives to the state assembly and various local self-government units. In 2010 we launched a new programme ‘Walk to Health ‘and formed Walk to Health forums in 100 schools. Its slogan was, “30 minutes of walking 5 days a week can change unhealthy trends and prevent diabetes.” While conceptualising the idea of Walk to Health, our guiding spirit was Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation. He always professed the importance of diet restrictions and increased physical activity to control not only our body but also our spirit. He loved children and always highlighted the role of the coming generation in nation building.The concept of the logo of ‘Walk to Health’ is derived from a famous photograph of Gandhiji in which he is shown as led forward by a little boy holding his walking stick.

Between 1 and 14 November 2010, global diabetes campaign walks were conducted in the schools where Walk to Health forums were formed. On 14 November 2010, a massive Global Diabetes Walk was organised in Pandalam, a town in Pathanamthitta District. Besides Walk to Health forum members, lots of students, teachers, health workers and people from all walks of life joined the Walk which was flagged off by Captain Raju, a veteran film actor. Ministers of Kerala state and other department authorities expressed their appreciation and they all supported our efforts by their presence.

Pathanamthitta – Alappuzha Diabetes Walk 2011
Along with thousands of people who walked all over the world to raise awareness on diabetes students,teachers,parents and healthworkers of Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta,two districts in Kerala,South India also walked 196 kilometers from 1st November to 14th November 2011.The Walk was organised by kNOw Diabetes ,a project of Medical Trust Hospital and Diabetes Care Centre,Kulanada supported by World Diabetes Foundation.The Walk was conducted in association with the National service scheme units in the higher secondary schools of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts.

The Pathanamthitta – Alappuzha Diabetes Walk 2011 was launched by Sri oomman chandy,Hon.Chief minister of Kerala and was flagged off by Sri Pulikesi IPS,Addl.Director General of Police,Kerala.Batches of 14 NSS volunteers led the walk which started from Adoor town in Pathanamthitta district.14 walks were conducted connecteing 14 towns in the two districts.The walk travelled through 8 towns in Pathanamthitta district (Adoor,Pandalam,Pathanamthitta,Konni,Ranni,Kozhanchery,Mallappally and Thiruvalla) and 6 towns in Alappuzha district (Chengannur,Mavelikkara,Harippad,Kayankulam,Ambalappuzha and Alappuzha) and on tha way passed through about 30 Grama panchayaths directly addressing about 45 schools.Everyday the walk started with an inaugural function attended by elected representatives of people and leaders from various spheres of life.Thousands of students,parents,teachers and healthworkers joined the walk at various centres.The walk ended with a massive Diabetes walk at Alappuzha town in Alappuzha district at 9.30 AM on 14th November . By the time the walk reached Alappuzha covering 8 towns in Pathanamthitta and 6 towns in Alappuzha districts, it had become one of the most noted events of the year in the two districts.

One of the major contributing factors which enabled the great success of the 2011 Walk was the campaign through social media platforms like Walk to Health website, blog, Pathanamthitta- Alappuzha Diabetes walk Facebook page andTwitter and the walk video uploaded to YouTube. We very much acknowledge the role played by the social media sites in taking our campaign to new heights. It also helped us reach out to other walk organisers in different parts of the world.

The Pathanamthitta-Alappuzha Diabetes Walk 2011 won the first Global Diabetes Walk Social media Award 2011 instituted by World Diabetes Foundation.

Walk to Health 2012 : The Pathanamthitta – Alappuzha Diabetes Walk 2012
In connection with the World Diabetes Day 2012 and Global Diabetes Walk 2012,Medical trust Hospital and Diabetes Care Centre supporte by world Diabetes Foundation is organizing a number of Walks in the schools in the districts of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha in association with the National service scheme units in the higher secondary schools of the two districts.Our target is to organize Diabetes walks in about 50 school centres.A campaign for achieving this goal will be launched on Gandhi Jayanthi Day,2nd October 2012,the Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi,Father of the Nation. Various programmes are planned as a part of the walk campaign.
1. Launching of the Walk to Health,2012 Campaign.
2. The campaign team will visit selected school centres from 2nd October(Gandhi Jayanthi) to 1st November (Keralappiravi-annivrsary of the formation of Kerala state) and organize training classes for selected volunteer leaders.
3. A series of seminars will be organized from 1st to 14th November.The Seminars will focus on the experience of various groups who are engaged in the prevention and management of diabetes. 4. Two day training camp for teachers who are the co ordinators of NSS student volunteer groups.
5. One day orientation class for selected student volunteer leaders.
6. Each student volunteer will educate at least 5 adults in their homes and neighbourhoods about the prevention of diabetes and the relevance of WDD.About 20000 adults are expected to be addressed thus.
7. A health study will be conducted in association with the National service Scheme units. Each volunteer will collect data from at least 5 individuals. The data collected will include details about diseases, diet and physical activity habits. The study will cover about 20000 people.
8.A Facegroup group ;Walk to Health 2012 ‘ was launched.All schools and other groups who organize Global diabetes walks on WDD 2012 will be motivated to join the group.Reports and photos of their campaign will be uploaded in the page.
9. A get together of Children with Type 1 diabetes and their parents will be held on WDD.
10. At least 50 walks organized in different parts of Alappuzha and pathanamthitta districts on World Diabetes day 2012.
“Control Diet, Increase Physical Activity, Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco”
kNOw Diabetes titled ‘Primary Prevention of Diabetes and Other Lifestyle Diseases through Targeted Approach’ is a comprehensive health education project targeting school children, teachers and parents in Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts in Kerala, India.