Our Omnipod Challenge was also a great success, where students were invited to wear a demo Omnipod for a day after we educated them about blood sugar ranges, the importance of an insulin pump, pen, or other methods to get insulin, and the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The response to this event was overwhelming. Students were actively engaged in the education and excited at the chance to “try” an Omnipod for a day, accomplishing our awareness goal.
Additionally, World Diabetes Day (November 14th) falls during College Diabetes Week and can be a great opportunity to get the greater community on your campus/ in your city involved. We’ve hosted a family celebration on campus with food, games, and resources for parents and an opportunity for young children to meet each other in a fun, shared space. By working with a local social worker at the University of Rochester’s Hospital, Strong Memorial, we are able to connect with families from the endocrinology department impacted by type one diabetes. Parents and children alike found joy in meeting others facing similar life experiences.