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Diabetes Week

Date: 9 Jun 2014

Diabetes Week is Diabetes UK’s annual awareness and fundraising week, and this year it will take place from Sunday 8 to Saturday 14 June.

i Can

This year the Diabetes Week theme is ‘i Can’. We know that diabetes can sometimes feel like an uphill battle – this Diabetes Week we want your stories of all the things you can do, and the challenges you’ve overcome.

When things have got tough, what have been the things you can do to get through it? What will you never let diabetes stop you from doing? Or if you support someone with diabetes, how do you help them along the way?

From 8–14 June, Diabetes UK would like you to share your stories of courage and hope in the face of diabetes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #iCan. And don't forget to tag, @diabetesuk, so they can join in the conversation.

Remember – they want to make as much noise as possible during Diabetes Week, and a thousand voices are louder than one. So, for now, get thinking about the sort of story you might like to share, and get it ready to post it online during the week itself.

In the meantime, there are lots of ways you can support Diabetes Week

For more information or how to get involved please visit:

http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Diabetes-Week/

Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.

Sickness Absence

Annually the average sickness absence is 3.5% (8 days per employee) and the average cost of absence per employee is estimated at £666.  If you employ 100 people sickness absence is costing your business £66,000 each year.  (CIPD Employee Absence, July 2008). 

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