February 1 - April 30, 2024 

“Catch the Dream” – Life Without Diabetes!

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.



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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 23 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Every 8 seconds someone in the world dies from complications related to diabetes.
  • More than 38 million (1 in 10) Americans have diabetes.
  • 1 in 5 Americans don't know they have diabetes.
  • 97.5 plus million American adults (more than 1 in 3) are pre-diabetic.
  • Nearly 9 million Americans who have diabetes have not been diagnosed and do not know they have diabetes.
  • 27 plus million American age 65 or older are pre-diabetic.
  • More than 8 in 10 American adults do not know they are pre-diabetic.
  • More than 358,000 (8.8%) 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 33,000 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 Foundation

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. 


Lions Global Causes

Diabetes is one of eight 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.