Let’s start with some chilling facts. The World Health Organization has projected that diabetes will be the seventh-leading cause of death by 2030. According to the US-based Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), in the UAE, diabetes was the fifth highest cause of death in 2016. It was also fourth when it came to the health problems that cause the most disability in the country. In 2005, it was 11th on that same list.
Here is Abu Dhabi, for the past decade the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC) has been organising a 5km walk to celebrate World Diabetes Day and increase awareness about the illness.
This year, organisers are expecting more than 20,000 people to show up and walk to a healthier future, together, at Yas Marina Circuit. The event, which will be held on November 17, is open to people of all ages and abilities.
Apart from the walk, at the event, participants will be able to join in other activities such as bubble football, Zumba classes, gladiator challenges and lots more. Adventure HQ will also be constructing a climbing wall if you fancy tackling a more vertical challenge.
In case all the walking and climbing tires you out, you can pop over to one of the many Eat for Life food stalls to refuel, or just kick back and enjoy the DJ and live entertainment. There’s also face-painting for kids, making it a great family event.
Sounds like a brilliant chance for the community to unite for a great cause.
Dhs10 (adults), free (kids 16 and under). Nov 17, 2pm onwards. Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island. www.icldc.ae/diabetes/WalkForLife/walk-on.