November is National Diabetes Awareness Month—What Can YOU Do?

National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM) is observed every November to bring attention to diabetes and its effects on millions of Americans. As the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, JDRF leads the way to educate the public, and we hope the T1D community can help us spread awareness about what it means to live with T1D and raise funds to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. Here are some exciting things to keep an eye out for during this time, resources to help raise awareness, and tips to launch some exciting fundraisers.

MOVERS, SHAKERS, T1D CHANGEMAKERS: Movers and shakers are those with impact, influence, and great determination. It’s with that same determination that inspired two moms in 1970 to help not just their children, but everyone with T1D when they founded JDRF. This year, we celebrate the impact and influence the JDRF community has had on progress for T1D while we continue to share the importance of our mission with those around us. We’re all ‘movers, shakers and T1D changemakers’ and our impact across research and advocacy is making a difference in the lives of the T1D community every single day. This month we’ll celebrate how far we’ve come and the changemakers that have helped get us there. Let’s also not forget to shake things upfor more progress, more advancements, and more access. Visit to learn more. #T1DMovers #T1DShakers #T1DChangemakers


    • November 1: T1Day
    • November 14: World Diabetes Day
    • November 30: Giving Tuesday

JDRF VIRTUAL TYPEONENATION: JDRF’s TypeOneNation Virtual Summit is coming back on November 1, 3, and 4 as three nights of educational and interactive sessions! This means more opportunities to attend sessions on topics that matter most to you, including research, technology and wellness. Register today!

PROCLAMATION: Vermont Governor, Philip Scott, proclaimed November 2021, Diabetes Awareness Month in Vermont. Share his proclamation with your community!

SHARE YOUR STORY: Landmarks aren’t the only thing to turn blue this November. Raise awareness in your communities by sharing your T1D story on social media or with a local paper.  Pro Tip: Add your fundraising link to the bottom of your story. Raise awareness and funds for T1D research!

LIGHT IT UP BLUE: Join our Light It Up Blue campaign and help raise awareness for World Diabetes Day, marked every year on November 14. Visit the landmarks in your area that will be lit blue. Check back as more listings join the campaign!

    • Maine
      • Portland City Hall (Portland)
    • Massachusetts
      • 888 Boylston Tower (Boston)
      • Boylston Plaza (Boston)
      • Fore River Bridge (Quincy/Weymouth)
      • Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge (Worcester/Shrewsbury)
      • Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge (Boston)
      • Longfellow Bridge (Boston)
      • Patriot Place (Foxboro)
    • New Hampshire
      • Memorial Bridge (Portsmouth, NH/Kittery, ME)
    • Rhode Island
      • Sakonnet River Bridge (Portsmouth/Tiverton)
      • Rhode Island State House (Providence)

CHALLENGE: 14 ON 11/14: Join the challenge! Walker, Riders, and JDRF Your Wayers send 14 emails to donors who have not donated yet this year on November 14. This day marks World Diabetes Day—what better day to be a #T1DChangemaker! Pro Tip: Ask the JDRF Staff for a list of your past donors. 

SHOP TO SUPPORT: Make a purchase from one of our many partners to support JDRF this month, including AmazonSmile, Edible Arrangements, Garmin, SCOTTeVEST, and more! Have a local store in mind that we can partner with? Contact us for next steps.

NO LIMITS SPEAKER SERIES: You won’t want to miss the next JDRF No Limits Virtual Speaker Series on November 16 at 7 p.m. with Gary Scheiner! Gary will discuss strategies for managing diabetes during all levels of exercise, from general daily activity to competitive sports. Register today at:

DINE FOR DIABETES: Partner with your favorite local restaurant for a dine for diabetes fundraiser!

GET YOUR WAIST PACK: Just added to the JDRF Store: Adjustable Waist Packs! $1 comes back to JDRF for every pack purchased, so head to to order yours today!

Looking for more ideas? Check out our National Diabetes Awareness Month Info-graphic! Download it, share it with friends, family, supporters and your Walk teams!