For International Women’s Day 2017, focus was directed to #BeBoldForChange,
So effective campaigns for this call to action had to be arranged.
A better working and more gender inclusive world was the ultimate goal,
But it didn’t end there, because more women-focused themes now unfold.
World Diabetes Day is here once more,
And a theme has been highlighted, just as the years gone before.
Women and diabetes: Our right to a healthy future, is this year’s focus,
And it is my hope that action will follow all that will be discussed.
Like 007 women and girls are recognized as key agents in the mission,
To ensure that there is a healthy lifestyle adoption.
Once this task has been seen to completion,
It will improve the overall health and well being of future generations.
Here are some supporting facts to help us choose to do what is right,
Information you can find on the International Diabetes Federation’s website.
70% of type 2 diabetic cases could be prevented,
If the adoption of a healthy lifestyle is implemented.
Also, 70% of premature deaths among adults,
Has behavior started in adolescence to credit for this result.
Women, as mothers, have been given recognition,
As influencers over their children’s long term health condition.
Research has shown that food, children’s health, nutrition and education,
Are given priority when mothers are responsible for resource allocation.
Women holding the keys as gatekeepers to household nutrition,
And also overseeing healthy lifestyle habits’ introduction,
Must be given adequate support and not just honorable mention,
In order to secure the well being of future generations.
The aforementioned facts are intended for us to react,
In such a way, that our action creates a noticeable impact.
Knowledge is power and it makes the mission possible,
When its access by women and girls is easy and equitable.
Better decisions can be made from a strong knowledge base,
As prevention strategies for and from the household are put into place.
Developing countries are encouraged to promote exercise,
So that inactivity doesn't become the cause of their demise.
We are asking for more to be done,
Because we want to ensure the fight against diabetes is won.
Diabetes will encroach on our right to a healthy future,
If we choose to act later rather than sooner.
So let’s continue to #BeBoldForChange in the direction we want to go (and grow),
As we Act Today To Change Tomorrow.
Copyright 14th November 2017 by Amanda Jones. All rights reserved.
Amanda Jones is a proficient nurse writer. She uses her passion for poetry writing, to educate, encourage and empower her readers where there is health is concerned. Amanda has published four books :- 1)Poems for You & Your Neighbour- Health Disorders Simplified 2)Poems for Patients-A Focus on Diabetes 3)The ABCs of Diabetes for Children 4)Children, It’s Time To Meet Your Teeth She is also a songwriter,and mother of two exuberant boys.
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