Rome Lions lead effort to raise awareness of diabetes


Working to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and to improve the lives of those living with diabetes is one of the initiatives of Lions Clubs International, and Rome Lions are doing their part to spread awareness during National Diabetes Awareness Month in November.  

The Rome Lions club, under the direction of President Mary Chmielewski, organized the Diabetes Awareness bags service project in an effort to raise local awareness. North Star Orchard in Westmoreland donated eight bushels of apples.

Each bag contained a bookmark and informational pamphlet on diabetes awareness and an apple. The Rome Free Academy Leo Club was also involved and assisted in putting the bags together. The bags were distributed to students in grades 3-6 at Bellamy School to bring home.  

The goal of the project was to bring attention to diabetes. Diabetes is a global epidemic that touches every corner of the globe. Type 1 diabetes occurs at every age and in people of every race, shape, and size. An estimated 463 million adults across the world are living with diabetes, and its prevalence is increasing rapidly. By 2045, the number is expected to reach 700 million. 

There will be a free virtual summit with experts speaking on a variety of topics. Visit the following link to register:

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