News | Published November 4, 2013

National Diabetes Awareness Month activities announced

As part of National Diabetes Awareness month, Mount Nittany Health has a number of free educational sessions and fun activities planned for November.

In addition, Mount Nittany Health, in collaboration with People Centre’D on Diabetes, will recognize World Diabetes Day on November 14 by participating in the iconic Blue Monument Challenge. The Blue Monument Challenge helps to raise diabetes awareness by having well-known monuments and buildings across the globe light up the color blue, the recognized color of diabetes awareness.

Mount Nittany Medical Center will be participating by being lit aglow in the color blue. Other local businesses that are lighting up blue for the day include the Autoport, Bryce Jordan Center, Centre County Courthouse, Hoss's Steak and Sea House, Hotel State College, and others.

Mount Nittany Health and People Cenre’D on Diabetes invite all businesses and homes to participate in the Blue Monument Challenge. Special, limited edition blue CFL light bulbs are for sale at Ace Hardware in the South Hills Plaza on South Atherton Street. A portion of the light bulb sales will be donated to People Centre’D on Diabetes.

New this year, Mount Nittany Health is sponsoring a community challenge for interested individuals who wish help raise awareness through blue lights. Those who take a photo of their home or a room in their home that features a blue light for diabetes awareness will receive a small gift if the photo is posted on the Mount Nittany Health Facebook page ( with the hash tag #bluelight.

The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation, which engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. To learn more, visit

To learn more about other Mount Nittany Health special events, including free educational talks and seminars, in honor of National Diabetes Awareness month, please visit