Is there any way we can prevent our youth from falling prey to diabetes? The answer is resounding "YES". The seeds of diabetes are sown in childhood and adolescence. Unhealthy lifestyle choices made during childhood predispose individuals to the development of diabetes later in life. Conversely, healthy habits inculcated in childhood will remain with the individual throughout his or her life and stand him or her in good stead in preventing diabetes. Our youth need to be provided with the right sort of information so that they can be motivated to make healthy lifestyle choices early in life.
For the last two decades, Dr.Mohan's Group of Diabetes Institutions has been at the forefront of the fight against diabetes in India. Our work has thrown light on the magnitude of the problem of diabetes in India and has also helped in increasing public awareness about the disease. To mark the 20th anniversary of our Institutions, we are organizing the first ever "Diabetes Fest" in India from August 2011 onwards. The fest is open to school and college students and consists of exciting events such as painting, fancy dress, dance and quiz, the details of which are given overleaf. The Diabetes Fest 2011 aims at promoting the message of "Diabetes Prevention" through the adoption of healthy diet and lifestyle choices.