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Here’s a challenge: Track how many activities and good habits you can develop during Defeat Diabetes® Month. We offer a variety of all-level physical activities, new places to go, different foods to experience and a little learning for each day of the month. This is not just for people with diabetes, so enjoy this 2015 Calendar of Activities with your entire family!
Diabetes is a life-altering and life-threatening disease. People diagnosed with the disease are at greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, amputations, as well as incurring serious financial and emotional hardship.
Knowing the risks, recognizing the warning signs, and pursuing healthier eating habits and regular physical exercise, is critical to preventing diabetes or effectively managing the disease.
Lifestyle changes can be tough. So, we’re giving you an entire month of activities to get you started on the right track. Some of the regular activities include: Meatless Mondays, Take the Stairs Tuesday, Water Wednesday, Walk from the Back of the Parking Lot Thursday, and New Veggie Friday. Each weekend is dedicated to physical activity and getting outdoors.
Diabetes Awareness Month is a calendar of activities, articles, downloads, tools and cartoons as well as some links to other sites with interesting information. Each day review the activities for the day and click the links to get more information or to complete the activity.
Commit to taking Defeat Diabetes® Challenges by participating in the full month of activities. You can invite family and friends to participate too!
If you don’t have diabetes, Take the Screening Test to determine your risk for developing diabetes.
Americans eat too many refined/processed foods. Processing removes many of the beneficial nutrients in our food. Our ancestors didn’t eat refined foods, and while they may not have enjoyed our longevity due to factors such as injury or disease, it’s a good bet that most of them didn’t die from heart attacks caused by cholesterol or high blood pressure.
On average, Americans consume only 1 serving of whole grains daily. The recently released USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage Americans to increase their intake of whole grain foods to at least three ounces per day.
Whole grain foods give nutritional benefits of the entire grain — vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and other natural plant compounds called phytochemicals. Scientists believe phytochemicals in whole grains, together with the vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, may contribute to whole grains’ health benefits. Learn more about whole grains.
Habits (good or bad) take time to break and make. If you’ve been eating a diet laden with fat, sugar and salt you’ve got some hard habits to break and its going to take time.
Making small incremental changes is a good start and keeps you from backsliding. So, if you are used to grabbing a doughnut, bagel or muffin for your mid-morning snack begin by substituting an apple, banana, grapes or blueberries instead. Instead of those chips that are your usual late afternoon snack grab some washed and raw carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, pea pods, green beans or bell peppers.
If you can do that most days than you are on your way to creating a good new habit.
Another easy way to add physical activity to your daily routine is to park at the back of the parking lot. Scientists have determined that you don’t need to get your physical activity in 30 minute chunks. Even a couple of minutes of activity here and there throughout the day add up!
Another advantage of walking from the back of the lot is you get a parking spot quicker and save gas not circling for a spot near the store or building entrance.
On your way back to the car – forgo your shopping cart (if you can) and add some weight bearing exercise to your routine. It’s good for your bones!
Although there are many ways to improve your family’s health, here are 20 easy tips in the areas of reducing screen time, increasing physical activity, adding fruits and veggies to your diet and general tips for a healthier lifestyle.
Plan/Plant Your Garden. April is National Gardening Month, so join the celebration. Whether it’s a small container garden with a single tomato plant, a square foot garden or something larger, help make your community a greener healthier place in which to live.
Think about planting a vegetable garden. Not only does a vegetable garden provide an amazing cost saving for food, it is a much better use of available land than grass or ornamental plantings. Gardening also provides healthy physical activity that every member of the family can participate in, regardless of age. Gardening gets you in touch with where your food comes from and it tastes better too!
Plan or Plant a Garden - a downloadable article that includes resources to help you plan your garden.
National Gardening Association – offers the Web’s largest and most respected array of gardening content for consumers and educators, ranging from general information and publications to lessons and grants.
Kids gardening – an offshoot of the National Gardening Association, this website provides information for kids, parents and teachers to make the gardening experience more fun.
Shirley’s Organic Garden – Tips for gardening from veteran gardener, Shirley Barriger.
Today, spend some time outdoors on An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. It’s a great way to explore the great outdoors, spend some time with family and friends, and get some exercise and sunshine. Whether it’s a city, county, state or national park; the beach; a local river or even the local playground – it’s an opportunity to get more in touch with the world around you. Nature Scavenger Hunt Checklist. Feel free to add an Easter themed item or two!
Here’s a directory of Easter Egg Hunts too!
Most of us spend far too much time at desks. But, just because we’ve become office dwellers doesn’t mean we can’t squeeze some physical activity in at our desks. Start adding a few to your routine each day. Exercises to do at your desk.
Meatless Mondays. Going meatless, even once a week may reduce your risk of chronic and preventable diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also reduce your carbon footprint and conserve fresh water and fossil fuel.
Here are a few recipes from our friends at Meatless Monday.
Spicy Peanut Rice Noodles – Rice noodles soak up savory flavors of garlic, peanuts, hoisin and basil in this Thai dish.