There’s still time to sign up for the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre’s Walk 2018 this weekend. More than 20,000 people are expected to turn out for the 5k event in Abu Dhabi, making it the largest walkathon the UAE.
Walk 2018 emphasizes the importance of regular exercise, weight management and eating a healthy, balanced diet, embodying the ICLDC’s goal of increasing diabetes awareness in the UAE.
More than one million people in the UAE live with diabetes, according to figures from the International Diabetes Federation. Authorities worry that that number will double by 2040.
“Walk 2018 is the most prominent of ICLDC’s public health promotion activities, raising awareness of diabetes management and prevention in a positive, non-judgemental way,” said Lawrence Patrick, chief executive at Imperial College London Diabetes Centre.
Among those who will be participating in the walkathon are Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 members and athletes, Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Sports Council, including the Emirati figure skater, Zahra Lari.
“I encourage everyone to participate in Walk 2018, not only to raise awareness about diabetes and ease the burden of the disease, but also to pave their way to a healthier lifestyle before it is too late,” said Ms Lari.
The 12th edition of the ICLDC’s walk begins at Yas Marina Circuit on Friday, November 16, at 2pm.
Participation costs Dh10 for those 16 and above. Registration closes Thursday, November 15, at 11.59pm.
Photo: The 2017 walkathon. Imperial College London Diabetes Centre.