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In 1948, there was a call for the creation of a "World Health Day" to mark the founding of the World Health Organization. And since 1950, World Health Day has been celebrated annually on 7 April. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO
The theme for World Health Day this year will be 'Diabetes'. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of diabetes. The diabetes epidemic is rising around the world and many cases are preventable. It's all about simple lifestyle choices that are effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. These include, maintaining a normal body weight, regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.
It is important to prevent and treat diabetes globally and many sectors of society have a role to play, from governments, employers and individuals themselves.
World Health Day gives all of us a worldwide opportunity to focus on key public health issues that affect the international community.