2022 World Diabetes Day Washington (WDDWashington) campaign follows the International Diabetes Federation's worldwide theme, “Access to Diabetes Care — Education to Protect Tomorrow.” There are three components to WDDWashington’s campaign: Awareness, Screening, and Management of diabetes. this campaign uses these 3 components and aims to boost awareness of this rising health concern by:
- Increasing awareness and educating communities about the impact of diabetes,
- Informing people about the importance of screening and early detection, and
- Encouraging healthy choices for the wellbeing of families.
The social media toolkit can be accessed here
National Stroke Month and National High Blood Pressure Month
Each May is an ideal time to raise awareness about stroke and high blood pressure, and the connections between the two. Here are resources that to help with communications in May and all year. Also, be sure to check out the campaigns below for images, videos, social media messages and more.
- Washington State Department of Health's Stroke Communications Resources
- Stroke Month resources from American Heart Association - For Professionals
- High Blood Pressure Awareness from American Heart Association - for General Public
- CDC's Blood Pressure Communications Toolkit
- High Blood Pressure Social Media Resources and Publications from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
- Information on the connection between cognitive decline and hypertension from the Healthy Brain Initiative.
Get Down With Your Blood Pressure Campaign
This high-energy campaign from Ad Council, the American Heart Association, and the American Medical Association has videos, radio ads, print ads and more in Spanish and English. The ads feature a diverse group of dancers to upbeat original music. The campaign is meant for a general audience.
Live to the Beat Campaign
Release the Pressure Campaign
ESSENCE hosts the "Release the Pressure" campaign aimed at partnering with Black women to improve their heart health and be part of a movement for healthy blood pressure—the leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Together, the AMA, the AMA Foundation, Association of Black Cardiologists, American Heart Association, Minority Health Institute and National Medical Association launched the “Release the Pressure” campaign to provide Black women with resources to identify and track their blood pressure numbers, as well as develop a wellness plan with existing personal support systems of family and friends to manage their heart health virtually.
Start Small. Live Big. Campaign
The “Start Small. Live Big.” campaign will encourage adults, particularly those age 55 and older, to get back on track with the small steps—like scheduling their medical appointments, getting active, and eating healthy—so that people can get back to living big.
This toolkit includes messages and tools that health care professionals can use to encourage adults 55 and over to practice heart-healthy habits that can help lower their risk for heart disease and stroke.
Managing Chronic Conditions Beyond COVID
An April 2021 article in Modern Healthcare outlines how a wave of undermanaged chronic disease looms post-pandemic.
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in partnership with CBS television, launched a nationally syndicated public service announcement series and a companion, bilingual website, yourhealthbeyondcovid.org, to help Americans manage chronic diseases safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
YourHealthBeyondCOVID.org is available in both English and Spanish and provides tips and information for those with illnesses whose health could worsen during the pandemic, whether through lack of treatment, lack of access to treatment, or by becoming ill from COVID-19. The website, developed by Nicely Built and NACDD, in collaboration with the Black Creative Group and the Hispanic Communications Network, has the latest news and information about chronic disease and COVID-19.
Other resources to encourage people with heart disease and other chronic health conditions to maintain connections with their doctors are two articles published by the Washington State Department of Health. Healthy Habits in Extraordinary Times is available in English on the Public Health Connection blog, and in Spanish on the Bienestar blog. If you would like to republish this content, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.