STRIDES for Diabetes Awareness brings awareness to the importance of physical activity, and healthy food and beverage choices, in preventing diabetes and improving health.
Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation’s STRIDES Physical Activity Challenge asks participants to choose activities they enjoy and strive to achieve 15 miles of movement each month beginning February 1 through April 30, 2024.
Choose Your Activity and Challenge Others
Winter can be a challenging time to be active. The options are many. Walk, swim, ski, snowshoe, curl, roll, cycle, run or whatever you enjoy doing indoors or outdoors! Just be active and track your activity in miles. (See minutes of activity to miles and steps to miles conversion information on page 2 of the STRIDES Activity Log in Resources tab.).
During STRIDES for Diabetes Awareness
Be active on your own.
Be a part of a team. Create different teams – family, relatives, neighbors, friends, college or high school classmates, co-workers, etc.
Invite others to participate individually, or as a team.
Invite others from other states or countries.
You 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.
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.
Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation adopted the Dream Catcher as a symbol of its dream and commitment to help find a cure for diabetes.
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
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
Net proceeds from STRIDES for Diabetes Awareness registration fees, and other donations, will benefit Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation, Inc. (MLDF), a 501(c)(3) organization.
Founded by Lions members in 2008, our 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.
Since 2010 MLDF has provided more than $2 million to fund research and diabetes education.