I Challenge Diabetes kicks off annual Diabetes Awareness Campaign

Interactive presentations educate students and faculty about living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Online PR News – 17-November-2022 – North York, ON – I Challenge Diabetes will kick off their annual Diabuddies Campaign to celebrate National Diabetes Awareness Month. As a registered charity supporting individuals living with T1D, I Challenge Diabetes will visit classrooms across seven provinces reaching an estimated 960 students throughout November both virtually and in-person.

Diabuddies is an immersive awareness campaign that brings diabetes learning directly into classrooms across Canada. Led by inspiring speakers, elite athletes and community leaders, Diabuddies provides customized diabetes education for students and educators from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

There are many factors that students with T1D must address that may be unknown to their peers and educators. Lack of understanding of the disease at the school level directly contributes to poor physical and mental health outcomes for students with diabetes. Diabuddies was created to promote safe, supportive and inclusive environments for optimal learning and health. Outcomes include improved self-esteem and confidence of students with diabetes as well as increased awareness and understanding of the condition.

I Challenge Diabetes has held over 165 Diabuddies programs in more than 65 school boards across Canada, impacting more than 16,000 participants.

About I Challenge Diabetes: I Challenge Diabetes was founded in 2007 by Chris Jarvis a former Canadian Olympian. Jarvis rowed for Team Canada at the Athens Olympics and in the Pan-Am games where he won gold. Diagnosed at age 14, he overcame many barriers to success throughout his high school, university and rowing career. He established I Challenge Diabetes with the mission to provide the support he lacked to youth living with T1D to help them live inspired, empowered lives.