Crazy Horse helps diabetes awareness campaign
The world’s largest mountain carving in progress will be bathed in blue from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mountain time.
The blue glow aims to put diabetes prevention efforts in the spotlight.
Crazy Horse and more than 400 other landmarks all over the world are participating in the “Blue Monument Challenge” to promote World Diabetes Day, which is Wednesday, Nov. 14. Blue signifies the sky shared by all people and a unified response to the diabetes threat.
The escalating diabetes epidemic affects 366 million people and kills one person every seven seconds.
Crazy Horse is dedicated to honoring and preserving Native American cultures. Government and academic studies say Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are 2.6 times more likely to suffer diabetes than other people.
In South Dakota, 13.5 percent of Native Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, compared to 6.3 percent of non-natives, according to the state Department of Health.
To learn more about diabetes and your risk, there are two online checklists.
The “Blue Circle Test” at www.worlddiabetesday.org/bluecircletest, helps participants to learn about their risk of type 2 diabetes and how to start taking control of their lifestyles.
If 20,000 people take the “Big Blue Test” www.bigbluetest.org by midnight Nov. 14, sponsors will donate $100,000 to American organizations that provide life-saving supplies and services to low-income diabetics.