WHEREAS, November is National Diabetes Month and November 4, 2018, will mark the first annual Diabetes Awareness Day, to raise public awareness; and
WHEREAS, education and communities come together supporting health and wellness efforts to prevent and control diabetes; and
WHEREAS, more than 30 million people in the United States, including approximately 2.4 million in Florida, have diabetes, a serious disease with potentially life-threatening complications; and
WHEREAS, an estimated 117,000 people in Florida are diagnosed with diabetes every year; and
WHEREAS, 5.8 million people in Florida have prediabetes, with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes; and
WHEREAS, direct and indirect medical expenses total an estimated $24.3 billion in Florida each year; and
WHEREAS, increased awareness and diabetes-related research projects can lead to prevention and finding a cure;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend my support to all observing November 4, 2018, as Diabetes Awareness Day in Florida.