Tuesday 24 April 2012

Health Mascot ~ HAWMC, Day 24

Give yourself, your condition, or your health focus, a mascot. Is it a real person? Fictional? Mythical being? Describe them. Bonus points if you provide a visual. 

Diabetes doesn't have a mascot; heck it doesn't even have an official symbol. The blue circle (the one seen in abundance in November for World Diabetes Day) is about as close to a symbol as we currently have, but it's not universally used, plus it's the property of the International Diabetes Federation. As it stands, the IDF permits the use of the blue circle by anyone for the purpose of promoting diabetes and the diabetes community, and in any publications, etc., as long as it not used for commercial purposes and for anything other than diabetes. For a full explanation of the uses of the blue circle permitted by the International Diabetes Federation, or to download various sizes and formats of the circle, please click here.

There used to be a blue ribbon that was kicked around here and there, and there have certainly been a few other attempts at a diabetes symbol, but so far none has stuck. Personally, I think rather than create a mascot for diabetes, the focus needs to be on promoting the blue circle to a unified and universally recognized symbol for diabetes. I love the color, and I love its simple, yet effective message of unity within the community.

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