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Lions Lap the Map for Diabetes

On Saturday 14 November 2020, we are calling for Australians to ‘Lap the Map’ for diabetes prevention.

Lions Clubs across the country will be hosting family friendly walks and community events to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of the diabetes epidemic in Australia.

It doesn’t matter how far you walk or run, it’s about being involved, getting active and moving together.

Scroll down for various resources and information you can use when planning your Lap the Map event.

Get Involved

1. Plan your walk and event

While World Diabetes Day is held on 14 November 2020, walks and events can be held at any time prior to or on the day. The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted some of our activities, but we believe Lap the Map can be achieved in spite of those challenges. In fact, getting outdoors and being active is more important than ever. We encourage you to think creatively – whether that be walking in small groups, walking at a distance from others, walking on a treadmill or walking solo. Please observe the measures in place in your state, but remember to have some fun too! 

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2. Add your event to the map

Help your community members find your Lap the Map event by adding it to our virtual map. In 2019, over 130 Lions Clubs participated – can you help us beat that record? Clubs can also register their event via this form. 

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3. Log your kilometres

Our aim by 14 November 2020 is to move a combined distance that exceeds Australia’s circumference (25,760 kms). Start logging your kilometres now and help us achieve our goal by World Diabetes Day. You can log your KMs by emailing our Diabetes Coordinator Pat Mills at pam_tom1@bigpond.com or filling out this simple form. 

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MORE INFORMATION

‘Lap the Map’ is one important part of our overall mission to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in Australia. Type 2 Diabetes represents 90% of all cases of diabetes, and can be prevented or delayed in more than half of these cases through making healthy lifestyle choices:

– Regular physical activity 
– Maintaining a healthy weight
– Making healthy food choices 
– Managing blood pressure 
– Managing cholesterol levels 
– Not smoking.

It doesn’t matter how far you walk or run, it’s about being involved, getting active and moving together on this critical national project.

Fast facts: 

– Diabetes is recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition.
– One in 11 adults has diabetes (415 million)
– 12 per cent of global health expenditure is spent on diabetes (USD$673 billion)
– Every six seconds a person dies from diabetes (5.0 million deaths)
– You can check how many diabetics live in your community with this interactive map – https://map.ndss.com.au/#!/

More information for clubs

View the full Lap the Map 2020 manual here
Download our promotional flyer here

Information for media

All media enquiries can be sent to the Lions Australia PR Officer at pr@lions.org.au or by calling +61 2 9240 8033.
Current media releases are available here.

 

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