Walk for diabetes awareness with Otisville Elementary, Oct. 25

In the school gym, teacher, standing, seaps to glass group sitting on the floorDo you know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes? If you have a child at Otisville Elementary school, ask them!

For the eleventh consecutive year, Otisville is holding its annual diabetes awareness campaign with school assemblies and a walk on Thursday, Oct. 25.

During K-5 assemblies with physical education teachers on Tuesday, Oct. 16, students watched a video about the role of the pancreas in converting food into energy and regulating blood sugar; they read the children’s book, “Taking Diabetes to School”; and they learned about the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity in preventing diabetes.

Students exercising in the gymOver the last 10 years, Otisville Elementary took part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes campaign and raised over $80,000 to help find a cure. This past summer JDRF announced that the organization was discontinuing its school programming.

In response, Otisville Elementary decided to develop and implement its own type 1 diabetes education program and awareness walk. On Thursday, Oct. 25, starting at 9:30 a.m., the Otisville school community will walk for diabetes awareness and raise funds for its own students living with diabetes. Join us!