Join a fun, audio only conversation on our Facebook community, Diabetes Support Network - India with a panel of speakers living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes on Sunday, 6th February at 5PM. Click here and press 'Going'.
We are happy to partner with Chellaram Diabetes Institute at the 6th International Diabetes Summit (virtual) for a fun 3km 'Virtual Run for Diabetes' on Sunday 6th March at 7AM.
7AM IST: warm up + Zumba (Facebook Live)
7:30AM IST: virtual run starts
Read the event rules and get your free t-shirt by registering quickly (only first 500 registrations will receive t-shirts)! Remember to use the hashtag #IDSRun2022 when you post on social media & you will receive your e-certificate too! Register here & click this link to mark yourself 'Going' on Facebook.
Here's a quick low down on all that happened in the first month of the new year at Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation.
Blue Circle Workshops & Events
Blue Circle Workshops are online weekend workshops that are free and open for all, even non diabetics! Join in, have fun and learn new things. Sign up as a member and follow our social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube to know of upcoming workshops. Be a part of our awesome Facebook community too!
Diabetes Goals - Facebook Live
Children & Diabetes Workshop
Dr Atrayee Ghatak, consultant paediatrician and Diabetes Lead at Alder Hey Children's Hospital Liverpool, UK was in conversation with Mouparna and Sanskruti about children and diabetes. Click the post below to read the highlights-
Mindfulness & Diabetes Workshop
Simran and Nupur spoke about the importance of mindfulness in diabetes. Click the post below to read the highlights-
Covid & Diabetes Workshop
Divya, living with type 2 diabetes and Rohan, living with type 1 diabetes shared their experiences living with different types of diabetes and having contracted Covid in the second and third waves respectively.
See this video we did with Dr Lahariya, who is a medical doctor, epidemiologist, vaccinologist, public health, and policy expert and writer. He is also the National Professional Officer at the World Health Organization, India.
Click the post below to read the highlights from the workshop-
Project Gaia Workshop
At Project Gaia, our initiative is to create a safe space for women living with diabetes. Nishtha who lives with LADA (incase you're wondering what LADA is, it's type 1.5 diabetes. See this video we did with Dr V Mohan to know more about the different types of diabetes - and boy, there are many!) and Devna who lives with type 2 diabetes conducted a workshop on Perspectives of Women with Diabetes.
In the News
The NCD Diaries by the NCD Alliance are a community based, multimedia story telling project so people living with Non Communicable Diseases can share lived experiences to drive change through a public narrative framework. Read Rohan's visual diary here.
Nupur was a panelist at a consultation on access to quality healthcare and telemedicine services during COVID-19 in Maharashtra which was attended by government officials, civil society organisations, the medical fraternity and people living with non communicable diseases. Click the post below to read-
Buddy Project Helpline
The Buddy Project Helpline is our mobile app based psychosocial helpline for diabetes and mental health. Trained volunteers living with diabetes (type 1, type 2 & caregivers), speaking 7 different languages are here to listen to you without judgements. If you feel lost, depressed, anxious, panicky, suicidal or generally upset, please schedule a call with us. These are tough times but remember you are NOT alone, your community stands with you.
How to call the Buddy Project helpline
Open the Blue Circle Diabetes app > Buddy Project > Schedule tab > pick a buddy of your choice > Schedule a call (once you schedule you'll see it under the 'Meetings' tab > 10 minutes prior to the call, you'll receive an app notification/reminder > To join the call, open the app, go to Buddy Project & under the 'Meetings' tab, press the 'Join' button (video is off by default, can switch on as per preference)
100 years of insulin
Looking for a partner? Marriage & Diabetes
We understand that a lot of people with diabetes face tremendous difficulties in finding the right partner and getting married. We have received a lot of requests over the years to facilitate a platform to this end. Here's our small effort in that direction. If you'd like to find a partner, or are a parent who would like to introduce their child looking to get married, please introduce yourself on our private Facebook community, Diabetes Support Network - India.
Blue Circle Store
Check out the adorable, diabetes inspired stickers and magnets from the Blue Circle Store and order them now!
Blue Circle Diabetes Calendar
A fun calendar featuring real, everyday heroes living with diabetes. Calendar 2022 now open for pre-orders! Order yours now: https://www.bluecircle.foundation/store
Click the posts below to see what our friends have to say about the calendars-
We also did some really fun Instagram Lives too
See Monidipa's story of how the community helped her manage her diabetes beautifully. If you have a success story you would like us to share, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Success Stories' in the subject line. Send your name, photo, type of diabetes and a short paragraph on your success.
To participate in our social media campaigns, share your video or photo (with some supporting text) on the topic with us. Upload through the Blue Circle Diabetes mobile app and we'll feature you! Rohan launches our campaign, #DiabetesGoals2022. Tell us how you're smashing those diabetes goals!
Click the posts below to read-
Connect with us and participate!
Join our award winning Facebook community, like and follow our page, subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Instagram and Twitter too! If you would like to share and contribute content upload it to the Blue Circle Diabetes app and don't forget to check out our website and Buddy Project helpline too!