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    Diabetes Action Month – it’s been a big one!

    Diabetes Action Month NZ

    November was our month – it was our turn to tell the world about diabetes, raise awareness about the difference between type 1 and type 2 and encourage people to take action if they’re at risk.

    Why action month?

    The Ministry of Health has declared that diabetes is “the largest and fastest growing health issue we face in New Zealand”.  With 100,000 Kiwis walking around undiagnosed and the disease rising by an average of 7% every year, we need to take action.

    Here are the stats:

    • Every day 12 people in Auckland are diagnosed with diabetes
    • One in four Aucklanders are pre-diabetic
    • Diabetes three times more prevalent in Maori & Pacific populations
    • Nearly a quarter of a million Kiwis live with diabetes, 100,000 in Auckland

     

    Diabetes Awareness Auckland

    Action month is over, how can I continue taking action?

    We love your passion – here’s what you can do:

    1.  Encourage your friends and family to take the risk assessment quiz to find out if they’re likely to be at risk of type 2
    2. Get connected – find us on Facebook and share our posts with your friends.
    3. Educate your community –   if you would like our mobile awareness service or a health promoter to visit your community email susanm@diabetesauckland.org.nz.
    4. Raise funds! Last year we screened 1,570 people for diabetes and helped another 413 people to reduce their risk through our healthy choices program. We couldn’t do it without your support! 

    Get your friends and family together, run a marathon or host a morning tea at your workplace, whatever you choose to do – it will make a big difference! For fundraising support email caitlyo@diabetesnz.co.nz

     

    Holiday Office Hours

    Our Onehunga office is closed from 22 December 2017 and re-opens 8 January 2018

    We wish all our members and community a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year

    Online orders placed after 21 December 2017 will be sent on once we open, 8  January 2018

    Auckland Marathon 2017

    Join us for the Auckland Marathon

    On Sunday 29 October Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch will be doing the Auckland Marathon. Come and join us!

    Last year was a fantastic day and experience. We had over 90 runners and walkers take part from the kids marathon right through to the full.

    We work to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with or affected by diabetes throughout Auckland, their families and the support network that surround them.

    How to get involved

    To run and fundraise:

    If you want to sign up to the Auckland Marathon now – go for it!

    Have a group ready to take on take on the marathon? Email us and we can see what group discounts are available to you through us.

    If you can’t take part, you can always volunteer with us. 

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    ROUND THE BAYS 2017

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    Join Team Diabetes!

     

    Email joc@diabetesauckland.org.nz  for more information!

    Special Supporter discount
    for the first 100 people who sign up before December 31st 2016. 

    Sign up for Round the Bays 2017 and join Team Diabetes here

    If you would like to volunteer please check out our volunteer page

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    OFFICE HOURS 2016 – 2017

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    Our Onehunga office is closed from 21 December 2016 and re-open 9 January 2017 with all staff back 16 January 2017

    We wish all our members and community a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year

    Please note: online orders placed after 20 December 2016 will be sent on 9 January 2017 

    WORLD DIABETES DAY 2016

     

    World Diabetes Day

    14 November 2016

    DIABETES LEADING CAUSE OF BLINDNESS – TAKE CONTROL NOW

    Monday, November 14 was World Diabetes Day, and was marked around the globe with the international theme Eyes on Diabetes.

    Everyone who has diabetes is at risk of complications from the condition that can lead to blindness, amongst other serious issues.

    “Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness – the International Diabetes Federation estimates one in three people with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy,” CEO of Diabetes New Zealand and Acting General Manager of Diabete NZ Auckland Branch Steve Crew says.

    “With up to 260,000 people on the Virtual Diabetes Register, that would equate to nearly 90,000 people in New Zealand.

    “Those with diabetes can reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy and other complications by leading a healthy lifestyle, and having regular check-ups, including eye health checks every two years.”

    For the full media release from Diabetes NZ see their website.

    For more information on the global Eyes on Diabetes campagin see the International Diabetes Federation website.

    World Diabetes Day 2016 in Auckland

    On Monday 14 November a group of staff from the Onehunga Office hit the road and visited loads of ‘EYE-CONIC’ sites to take photos for social media and spread awareness of Diabetes Day.

    DIABETES ACTION MONTH 2016


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    Media Release                  01 November 2016                                                                                        

    Diabetes New Zealand today marks the beginning of Diabetes Action Month by launching a comprehensive online support and self-management toolkit, to help address the nation’s fastest-growing health crisis.

    Twelve hundred people in New Zealandi, on average, will this month be told that they have diabetes – withmore than 120 of those in the Auckland DHB catchment alone.

    More than 260,000 people in New Zealand – including over 27,000 in the Auckland DHB catchment area– have diabetesii; the prevalence has doubled in the past 10 years.

    “There is a real need to help people with diabetes to live well,” Steve Crew, chief executive of Diabetes New Zealand, says.

    “The reality of diabetes and the complications associated with it, can be consuming. It is not only a drain on our health system, it is incredibly life-changing and life-limiting for people living with diabetes – and that can lead to stress and anxiety and poor self-care.”

    Diabetes New Zealand surveyed the nation in a Perceptive Research omnibus[iv] that revealed that less than half of those living with diabetes felt they are in control of their condition, and a third said it had a negative effect on their mental wellbeing.

    “Living well is something people with diabetes battle to do on their own,” Crew says. “A third struggle with eating healthy meals, and almost 40 per cent struggle to be motivated and do physical activity. Diabetes New Zealand wants to change that.”

    The Diabetes New Zealand Take Control Toolkit unveiled today will be a range of more than 60 online materials in downloadable print or video formats, that Diabetes New Zealand members anywhere in the country can access, offering them advice and information across three important categories – Food & Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health & Wellbeing.

    As the voice of those living with diabetes, the organisation wanted to gauge the public’s view on the proposition of taxation on sugar and fat in some foods.

    The full release can be found here 

    More information on Diabetes Action Month can be found on the Diabetes NZ website including events happening throughout New Zealand for Diabetes Action Month this year.

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    World Diabetes Day takes place on Monday, 14 November 2016

    The theme for 2016 is Eyes on Diabetes with the main focus being;

    1. Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications. 

    2. Screening for diabetes complications is an essential part of managing all types of diabetes.

    More information on World Diabetes Day can be found here.

     

     

     

     

    [i] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Virtual Diabetes Register http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/diabetes/about-diabetes/virtual-diabetes-register-vdr

    [ii] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Living Well with Diabetes: A plan for people at high risk of or living with diabetes 2015-2020. http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/living-well-diabetes

    [iii] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Virtual Diabetes Register http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/diabetes/about-diabetes/virtual-diabetes-register-vdr

    [iv] Perceptive Research Omnibus September 2016.  1,004 respondents nationwide.

    Note: Over 100,000 people in the wider Auckland region* have diabetes, with more than 460 people on average diagnosed each month.

    *Includes three Auckland DHBs.

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    DRESS DIABOLICAL FOR DIABETES NZ

     

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    On Friday, 28th October #DressDiabolical for Halloween
    and raise funds for Diabetes New Zealand! 

    With your help, we can make diabetes less scary.

    Dress Diabolical is the perfect excuse to wear your best Halloween outfit, and have fun at school, home or work.

    The concept is adapted from a campaign by Diabetes UK and we are working in partnership with The Warehouse in NZ to get the ball rolling here!

    DRESS DIABOLICAL – at home!

    DRESS DIABOLICAL – at school!

    DRESS DIABOLICAL – at work!

    Looking for ideas to get your Dress Diabolical fundraiser going?

    Contact Jo Chapman at Diabetes Auckland Branch for our
    FUNDRAISING KITS

    FUNDRAISING WITH THE WAREHOUSE

    The Warehouse have made a commitment to put aside $1 for each wig* sold for Halloween this year - nationwide - to go to back to Diabetes NZ and be shared among the regional branches.

    Customers will also be able to elect to make a donation to Diabetes NZ at the counter when shopping at The Warehouse stores this month.

    All the money raised will go towards supporting all New Zealanders with diabetes, or at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, to live full and active lives.

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    Contact Jo Chapman at Diabetes Auckland Branch for more information

     

     

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    ROUND THE BAYS 2017

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    JOIN TEAM DIABETES FOR THE ROUND THE BAYS 2017

    Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch is taking part in 2017 Round The Bays and we want you to join Team Diabetes!

    There are nearly 100,000 people living with diabetes in Auckland, with many more affected by prediabetes. Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch provide services and support to those most in need, engaging with communities across the city to raise awareness of diabetes.

     

    Last year, we raised over $13,000 thanks to the hard work and effort of Team Diabetes and this year we want to raise even more, with more people getting involved. The 2017 Round The Bays will take place on March 5th and places are now open!

    Been part of Team Diabetes, means you will get;

    • Special Supporter discount for the first 100 entries who sign up before December 31st 2016. Be quick though as they go fast and we don’t want you to miss out!
    • Free Dri-fit T-shirt to all those raising over $50
    • Fundraising Pack with information on how to go about your fundraising with template e-mails and letters
    • Online fundraising page via Everyday Hero
    • Regular contact, encouragement and support from us via phone, emails and newsletters in the lead up to, and
    • On the day, the Auckland Branch cheer squad will be out in force, and
    • We will have the Team Diabetes tent site and food and drink for you to relax and chill at with your family and friends post your event
    • Team Diabetes closed FB page where you can chat and share stories and pics with the other Team Diabetes participants

    HOW TO GET INVOLVED

    • Head over to the Round The Bays website and remember to choose Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch as your chosen charity when you sign up

    DIABETES NZ AUCKLAND BRANCH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

     

     

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    We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, September 20th 2016. The event will be held at our office – Level 2, 92-94 Beachcroft Avenue, Onehunga, Auckland.

    If you do plan on attending the AGM, please confirm by contacting us via e-mail office@diabetesauckland.org.nz or by phone on 09 622 0551

    We encourage as many of our members as possible to attend the event.

    You can view the agenda, minutes and reports here.

    To nominate committee members please  fill in this form.

    Part 1 of the Financial Statements

    Part 2 of the Financial Statements (Notes)

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