Today marks World Health Day, and it is also the birthday of the World Health Organisation. The WHO selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, and this year’s focus is on diabetes.

 

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

There are two main types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2, Type 2 being much more common. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have Type 2. There are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK, and that’s more than one in 16 people who has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed).

 

What can you do?

 

Eat healthy

A healthy balanced diet that’s high in fruit and veg and low in sugar and saturated fats can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and help people manage Type 1 and Type 2 if they have it. To ensure this in our office, we have fortnightly deliveries of fresh fruit from Edgar’s Fruit and recently introduced free vitamins as part of our redeveloped employee benefits.

We also encourage our Giants to drink plenty of fluids, and have both Edgar’s Water dispensers as well as a fridge stocked with soft drinks on hand. 

 

Be active
Being physically active  through at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days  can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and its complications, as well as help people to better manage Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes if they have it. We have 2 in-house rowing machines for our Giants to use at their leisure, as well as our charity arm Challenge SGM where our Giants are put through their paces on a regular basis. We’ve also recently introduced discounted gym memberships to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

 

What does your company do to encourage good health?

 

You can engage in an online discussion for World Health Day through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and other platforms, using the #diabetes hashtag and share images and stories related to your diabetes experience.