The University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute (UPDI) annually participates in the World Diabetes Day (WDD) campaign by hosting a variety of community events and screenings on or around November 14. The WDD campaign—led by the International Diabetes Federation—engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.
In 2007 and 2008, UPDI recognized WDD by participating in Pittsburgh’s annual holiday Light Up Night festivities. Attendees were invited to navigate their way through a downtown scavenger hunt by visiting booths to find the answers to diabetes-themed scavenger hunt questions.
In 2008, a special lighting ceremony was conducted in Market Square in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh to bring light to diabetes. Former Pittsburgh Steelers Kendall Simmons was the Master of Ceremony for the event and, along with his family, flicked the switch to illuminate Market Square.
UPDI partnered with the Pittsburgh Regional Initiative for Diabetes Education (PRIDE) to host "The Great American Cookout, A New Adventure in Eating"—a healthy-living event that took place at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in August 2008. The event was created to raise awareness of the importance and necessity of good nutrition and physical activity in preventing the onset of diabetes. During the event, 1,200 community residents participated in family-friendly activities, watched cooking and physical activity demonstrations, sampled healthy food items from local restaurants and food vendors and participated in free health screenings.
UPDI, in partnership with UPMC Diabetes Centers, is an active supporter of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) mission to Stop Diabetes through its participation in several annual community fundraising events. These events include: the Tour de Cure cycling event; the Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes; and the Diabetes Expo.
The Diabetes Expo is a free, interactive health fair focused on everything related to diabetes and healthy living. Each year, UPDI participates by offering numerous free health screenings, access to health professionals, and a wealth of educational information.