What is Bluevember?
Every 23 seconds, another person in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes. An often “invisible” illness, diabetes affects 1 in 11 Americans, and 86 million more are at risk for the disease. The University of Florida Diabetes Institute challenges you to “go blue” and turn November into “Bluevember” for diabetes awareness.
Go Blue: Glucose Screenings
Earn one of our coveted blue fingertip bandages by checking your blood sugar levels at one of our community screenings. We’re partnering with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers during the month of November to offer glucose screenings at select Bloodmobile locations:
- Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6: Downtown Arts Festival (Gainesville)
- Monday, November 14: University of Florida (Gainesville)
- Monday, November 21: University of Florida Health Sciences Center (Gainesville)
- Wednesday, November 30: Bo Diddley Plaza (Gainesville)
Go Blue: Turn Your Business or Organization Blue
Help us make diabetes more visible by turning your business or organization blue.
- LIGHT It Blue: If your business or organization is lit up at night, change your lights to blue lights. Many light options can be found for minimal expense at home improvement stores. Send us a photo of your blue lights!
- POST It Blue: If lighting your business or organization is not an option, you can request one of our 6″ circular stickers, which can be stuck or temporarily attached to a public-facing area of your location. Please email Carly Barnes Dodd at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a sticker.
World Diabetes Day Awareness Event: Monday, November 14
Join us in recognizing World Diabetes Day on Monday, November 14, on the University of Florida campus at the Plaza of the Americas, as we light Century Tower blue for diabetes! Several activities are planned for this day, so please join us at the following:
12 p.m. – 1 p.m: UF Diabetes Institute Seminar Series
Speaker: Dr. Mark Atkinson, UFDI Director
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: World Diabetes Day Health Fair
Plaza of the Americas
Interact with a variety of health-related organizations and causes, play games, enjoy healthy fresh food, and take part in health screenings.
Want to have a table? Complete our Organization Registration.
5:00 p.m.: World Diabetes Day “Blue Circle” Photo
Plaza of the Americas
Join us by the stage to take a giant group blue circle photo! Wear a blue shirt or hold one of our blue World Diabetes Day signs.
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: World Diabetes Day Program and Lighting Ceremony
Plaza of the Americas near Century Tower
- 5:30 p.m. – Introduction from UF Diabetes Institute
- 5:45 p.m. – Hear from Noah from Noah’s March
- 6:00 p.m. – Century Tower Lighting Ceremony
- 6:15 p.m. – Hear from Ironman triathlete Jay Hewett about his experiences with type 1 diabetes
29 Days of Action
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. For 29 days in November, we’ll share ways to raise awareness about diabetes and get involved. Sign up to be the first to see these posts!