Amanda Cedrone is the Outreach Coordinator at the College Diabetes
Network. CDN is a 501c3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower and improve the lives
of students living with diabetes through peer support and access to information and
resources. Chapters are student-led groups that allow students living with diabetes to
connect with one another, learn about the latest diabetes technology and gadgets, and exchange tips and tricks
for managing diabetes on campus. If you’d like to learn more about CDN, or to join a
Last week, students at Chapters of the College Diabetes Network (CDN) across the country organized and participated in the first annual College Diabetes Week, aiming to raise awareness of the power of peer support and those living with diabetes on campus. This week is a student organized initiative, supplementing initiatives such as the Big Blue Test, and World Diabetes Day.
Members of CDN’s Student Advisory Committee decided on a theme word for each day of the week with the understanding that each chapter would organize activities on campus that correspond with those theme words. Some chapters brought nutritionists and diabetes educators to campus to talk about the different types of diabetes, while others held events at the dining hall regarding healthy eating.
While initiatives varied by campus, a majority of chapters participated in “Wear Blue to Stop Diabetes Blues” on November 13th. On this day, students encouraged their chapter members, as well as the entire student body, to wear blue in order to spread awareness of diabetes, and the students on campus living with the disease.
“I think it’s really important because I think there’s a lack of awareness, especially among the people on our campus,” said Jacqueline Burke, Founder and President of CDN’s Johns Hopkins University CDN Chapter, and Chair of the CDN Program Committee. “It can be hard physically, emotionally, and psychologically to manage diabetes. I think it’s important for us to spread awareness within our club, and the entire community.”