“Catch the Dream” – Life Without Diabetes!

If you have diabetes, you are not alone!  

Take Action for yourself, family, & friends!

Duluth Lions Club's

Physical Activity Challenge and Annual Walk for Diabetes

 Saturday, September 9, 2023

at the

College of St. Scholastica, Somers Lounge

Duluth, MN 

  • Participate in the pre-rally Physical Activity Challenge
  • Join the Annual Walk for Diabetes and learn more about Diabetes 

Lions STRIDES for Diabetes Physical Activity Challenge was developed to increase awareness of the importance of physical activity and healthy food and beverage choices, in preventing diabetes and improving health.

Physical Activity Challenge participants are asked to commit to 30 minutes of physical activity three times each week beginning the date you register for the rally through September 9, 2023.

Choose Your Physical Activity and Challenge Others

The options are many. Walk, swim, cycle, run, garden, hunt or whatever you choose! Just be active and track your activity in minutes. (See Minutes of Activity Tracking Sheet in the STRIDES Activity Log in the Resources tab.).

During Lions STRIDES for Diabetes

  • Be active on your own.
  • Be a part of a team - ask family, relatives, neighbors, friends, college or high school classmates, co-workers, to join you in the challenge!
  • Invite others from other states or countries to participate from their locations.
  • Choose your activities, and when and where you will be active.
  • Track your activity! (STRIDES Activity log located in Resources.)
  • Post photos and updates about your progress on your social media sites and submit to this site for posting.

September 9, 2023 Walk & Rally Schedule

Event 8 a.m. - Noon

8 a.m.          Registration / Check-In

9 a.m.          Sponsor Presentations 

9:15 a.m.     Diabetes Overview by Essentia Health Diabetes Center

9:35 a.m.     Diabetes Research Overview by Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation 

9:55 a.m.     Duluth Lions Club Presentation to Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation 

10:00 a.m. - Noon   STRIDES Walk (St. Scholastica Campus)

 A map of the walking route can be found on the Resources Tab      

Event Location

Registration & T-Shirt pickup, talk with event sponsors, health care providers, and people who live with diabetes to learn about diabetes, treatments, products and services, and research for a cure.

College of St. Scholastica, Somers Lounge, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, MN.


College of St Scolastica Campus 

Dream Catcher Legend

As the legend goes, dream catchers were used by Woodland Indians who hung dream catchers in their lodges (near beds) to catch dreams, good or bad.

Bad dreams were caught in webbing and would be held until first morning light when they burned off.

Good dreams were caught and, knowing the way to the hole in the center of the dream catcher, would filter down into the feathers and be held and return another night.



Duluth Lions

MN Lions Diabetes Foundation

Shirts Unlimited

St. Luke's Hospital

Fond-du-Luth Casino

Licari Larsen & Co.

Residential Services Inc.

Incline Station Bowling Center

Personal Stories

A diagnosis of diabetes is life-changing. It may be overwhelming. Everyone’s journey – from how it began to how it continues can be very different.

What is the same, is the dream of a cure for diabetes.

Select buttons below to read stories shared with Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation.

Diabetes Snapshot

  • Every 19 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Every 5 seconds someone in the world dies from complications related to diabetes.
  • More than 34 million (1 in 10) Americans have diabetes.
  • 1 in 5 Americans don't know they have diabetes.
  • 88 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) are pre-diabetic.
  • More than 8 in 10 American adults do not know they are pre-diabetic.
  • More than 358,000 (8.4%) Minnesotans live with diabetes.
  • An additional 118,000 Minnesotans are diabetic and don't know it.
  • More than 1.4 million (nearly 34 %) Minnesotans are pre-diabetic.
  • More than 23,000 Minnesotans are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year.
  • Medical costs for people living with diabetes are more than twice as high as for people who do not have diabetes.
  • The risk of early death for adults with diabetes is 60 % higher than for adults without diabetes.





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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Choose healthy food & drinks
  • Be physically active
  • Reduce stress
  • Seek support

Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

Take a 1-minute screening test to determine if you might be at risk for diabetes.

Click here to take 1-minute screening test.

Three Main Types of Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Body does not make insulin
  • Usually diagnosed in children, teens, young adults
  • 5 – 10 % of people who live with diabetes have Type 1
  • Currently no way to prevent Type 1 diabetes

Three Main Types of Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

  • Body does not use insulin well; does not keep blood sugar at normal levels
  • 90 to 95 % of people with diabetes are Type 2
  • Might be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes (losing weight, healthy food and drink choices, being physically active)

Three Main Types of Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

  • Develops in pregnant women who have not been diabetic; usually goes away after pregnancy
  • Mother at risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life
  • Baby at risk for health complications, more likely to be obese as child or teen, at risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life

Our Foundations

The Duluth Lions Club Foundation, Inc., (a 501(c)(3) organization, is hosting Lions STRIDES for Diabetes Physical Activity Challenge and Rally in partnership with Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation (MLDF). 

The Duluth Lions Club has a rich history of more than 70 years of Service. Today, 80 men and women in the club work together to serve our community. Promoting diabetes awareness is one vital area of our service. 


Net proceeds from Lions STRIDES for Diabetes registration fees, and other donations, will benefit Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation, Inc.

Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation

Founded by Lions members in 2008, the Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation (MLDF)'s dream is to be a part of finding a cure for diabetes. MLDF raises funds and collaborates with partners to conduct research for a cure for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, provide diabetes education, and sponsor preventative health activities. 

Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation, 501(c)(3) organization, has provided more than $2.1 million to fund research and diabetes-related activities and education.


Lions Global Causes

Diabetes is one of five global causes Lions members rally around to help their communities and the world.

  • Between now and 2030, diabetes is expected to impact more than 550 million, worldwide.
  • Since diabetes impacts quality of life and can lead to blindness, Lions are committed to working hard to do something about diabetes.
  • Lions fund research for treatments and cures, educational outreach and diabetes screening.

STRIDES for Diabetes Awareness is a program designed to empower Lions to raise awareness about diabetes by incorporating physical activity in a community event.

In addition to global causes, Lions volunteer and help their communities in countless ways. Learn more about what Lions are doing.

Contact your local Lions club. Become a member. Join in on the fun of helping others through service.