Rhode to Wellness 2020

September 14 – November 6

On November 14, people across the globe will celebrate World Diabetes Day 2020 (WDD). And we’ll be celebrating right here in Rhode Island, with our first-ever virtual RIWDD. There are many ways you can get involved and support this important day — and take steps toward a healthier you.

Join us for Rhode to Wellness 2020.

This eight-week challenge encourages

  • Healthy Eating
  • Healthy Mind
  • Healthy Movement; and
  • A Healthy Self!

and invites you to participate in Healthy Conversations. Rhode to Wellness launches on September 14 and ends on November 6. You can do this… and we’re here to help.

Download Rhode to Wellness Challenge calendar of activities

Download Rhode to Wellness Challenge information sheet

Join our Facebook group

Participate in RIWDD online.

On Saturday, November 14, we’ll be hosting a full day of helpful, eye-opening, and inspirational online presentations, discussions, questions-and-answer sessions, and much more. You can join for the whole day, or choose the topics that most interest you.

Keep an eye on the Providence skyline during the week leading up to RIWDD (Nov. 8-15) - when we'll be lighting up the RI State House in blue in recognition of RIWDD!

Download WDD information sheet

Download WDD agenda

Grace Diaz Blue Light Award.

Each year the Rhode Island World Diabetes Day (RIWDD) Committee recognizes an individual or organization that has positively impacted diabetes in the state of Rhode Island by awarding the Grace Diaz Blue Light Award. In keeping with the international theme for World Diabetes Day 2020, "The Nurse and Diabetes," this year's Blue Light Award will be presented to a Rhode Island nurse. The criteria for the nominee is a commitment to the health and well-being of people living with chronic disease, being a role model to others, and exhibiting a devotion to improving the health of the community.

Thanks to our gracious sponsors.

Become a sponsor.

If you or your organization would like to collaborate with us on this virtual adventure toward wellness, there are a number of sponsorship opportunities available.

See what you get for getting involved.

If you have diabetes or prediabetes, or if you just want to learn more about how to live a healthier life, we’re here to help you take the first steps. Don’t miss RIWDD 2020.

Email us at or message us on Facebook.


Looking for support with your health goals? Contact the Community Health Network. The Community Health Network connects you to programs proven to help you take control of your health. Programs are free or low cost and held virtually or in convenient locations throughout Rhode Island. For the most up-to-date list or programs:

· Call 401-432-7217
· Email
· Visit

Thanks to our RIWDD contributors.

Community Health Network

Andrea Asprinio, RIFC, CDOE

Anna Bertorelli, NovoNordisk

Jan Boucher, RN, CDOE

Sharon Campbell, RIPCPC, CDOE

Katie Chabot, Body Rock

Dr. Kenneth Chen, Care New England

Nicole Costa, Body Rock

Julie Daley, Women and Infants Hospital

Alexandra Gianfrancesco, RIPCPC

Robyn Hall, RI Health Equity Zone

Heidi Hetzler, SNAP ED

Lauren King

Jennifer Leavitt, RIPCPC, CDOE

Dr. Fadi Mansourati, Fairlawn Primary Care

Alexandra Morelli, MPA, CCHW, RI Geriatric Education Center

Cindy Ogando, RIPIN

Dr. Roberto Ortiz, Diabetes and Endocrinology Associates

Pam Rand

Maria Rivera

Anna Floreen Sabino, College Diabetes Network

Susan Sarro, ADA

Allegra Scharff, RI Health Equity Zone

Michael See, Joslin Diabetes Center and Southcoast Health

Kathy Shilko, Care New England

April Silvestro, RN, CDOE, South County Health Diabetes Center

Baratang Stewart, RIPIN

Molly Seasholtz, RIPCPC

Allyson Ventura, Progreso Latino

Al Whitaker, RI Health Equity Zone

Lisa Williams, Southcoast Health Diabetes Management Program