Campaign Against Diabetes

The purpose of the CUNY Campaign against Diabetes is to strengthen CUNY’s capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes among students, faculty, staff and their respective family members. The Campaign will mobilize CUNY’s teaching, research and service capacities to both improve the management and prevention of diabetes among the CUNY community.



Why Do We Need the CUNY Campaign Against Diabetes?

Diabetes is becoming an epidemic nationally and in New York City. To address this epidemic, the City University of New York’s Urban Health Collaborative, a group of CUNY faculty and students from public health, nursing, nutrition, psychology, sociology and other disciplines joined with CUNY to develop the CUNY Campaign Against Diabetes , a five year plan to strengthen the university’s and the city’s ability to bring diabetes under control. The Campaign is activating CUNY’s unique assets: more than 200,000 students from the communities most affected by diabetes; professional programs, nurses, public health professionals and social workers; dozens of researchers already engaged in addressing the city’s most serious health and social problems; and a mission to serve New York. The Campaign also provides a model for improving public health while increasing the educational and research capacities of CUNY.

The diabetes epidemic and the associated epidemics of obesity and physical inactivity threaten public health, social justice, economic productivity, and the capacity of the city’s hospitals and social service agencies to respond to current and emerging needs.

Diabetes in New York City

  • More than 1 in 8 New Yorkers has diabetes and the city’s rate is a third higher than the US rate.
  • In the past 8 years, diabetes has doubled among adults in the city.
  • The diabetes disparities between blacks, Latinos and whites are widening, worsening the already large gap in health status among these groups.
  • Among New Yorkers 18–39 years of age, Hispanics are 4 times more likely to have diabetes than whites and Asians.

Stop Diabetes Today!

Read "What's For Lunch at CUNY?" <pdf>

See the Campaign Report "Reversing the Diabetes and Obesity Epidemics in New York City <pdf>."

Download Diabetes Posters

Want to print or use some of our flyers and posters? Download here. <doc>

To order posters, send mailing address to:



  • Contest winners will be announced in June

Free classes

Do you have diabetes? We have the diabetes education you need.

  • Free glucose meter and HbA1c testing!
  • Self-management classes, starting in the fall at Hunter, Medgar Evers, and Hostos.
  • For more information: CLICK HERE!

Diabetes Support Group

Walking Groups

Certificate Program

Student Workshop
June, 2010. Click here for more info.

Click here <doc> for Student Workshop Application

All events, click here.

Contact Us

Student Diabetes Workshops

CUNY's Diabetes Certificate Program

Diabetes Self-Management Classes

Student Support Group

CUNY Walking Groups

Focus Groups

Ask The Educator

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Lorraine Mongiello, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, CUNY Campaign Against Diabetes Coordinator.

The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10016

Phone: 212-817-1888