PharmDawgs share risks of diabetes with UGA Police in recognition of World Diabetes Day

Members of the College of Pharmacy’s student chapters of the Diabetes Club, SNPhA and APhA gathered together on November 14, in recognition of World Diabetes Day, which was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the escalating health threat of diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is recognized every year on November 14, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

Student PharmDawgs collaborated on a community outreach effort by holding their first Feed the Blue event. They visited the UGA Police Department, where they shared the risks and effects of the disease with members of the force. Officers completed risk assessment forms, and healthy snacks were also provided for them.

Diabetes remains one of the leading health crisis in our country. Almost 10 percent of the population has the disease, approximately 30.5 million, and diabetes is considered the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.