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Here’s a challenge: Track how many activities and good habits you can develop during Diabetes Awareness Month 2016. We offer a variety of all-level physical activities, new places to go, different foods to experience and a little learning about diabetes for each day of the month. However, this is not just for people with diabetes, it’s a way for us all to develop a healthier lifestyle – so enjoy this 2016 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, New Fruit Tuesday, New Veggie Friday. Each weekend is dedicated to physical activity and getting outdoors. 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.
“What’s worse than finding out you have diabetes? NOT finding out!” Andrew P. Mandell – Mr. Diabetes® and Executive Director Defeat Diabetes Foundation
New Fruit Tuesday!
Locked inside the rough leathery exterior of the pomegranate is one of the most wonderful and bright flavors among all fruits. Each pomegranate contains hundreds of arils (juice sacs) that are brimming with antioxidants and a tiny little white seed. The seeds are small, not tough and provide some good fiber so feel free to eat up.
- Lack of exercise
- Pets are living longer
- Genetics – certain species are more prone than others.
What’s best fresh, frozen or canned fruits and veggies?There is a bit of controversy regarding whether fresh fruits and veggies are better than frozen or canned and you can read more about it and determine what’s best for your family lifestyle. The good news is that whether it’s fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced when it comes to consuming fruits and vegetables ALL ways are good.
Peer support is a way to link people living with a particular condition to share knowledge and experiences, in this case diabetes. Peer support can take many forms: formal group meetings, phone calls, text messaging, casual visits, a walk, grocery shopping, or just a chat. Peer support is intended to complement and enhance your professional health care by creating the emotional, social and practical assistance necessary for managing the disease and staying healthy each and every day. Learn More about peer support or Find a Peer Support Group near you.
The artichoke is an edible bud about 3–6 inches in diameter with many triangular shaped leaves formed around a center. The edible portion of the bud consists primarily of the fleshy lower portions of the leaves and the base, known as the “heart”. How do you eat an artichoke?
Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the of the good fall weather. There are plenty of ways to take advantage of the season and enjoy some quality family time while having new experiences.
Apple Orchards and Cider Mills
Fall is a great time for visiting apple orchards and cider mills to take advantage of excellent fall fruit right off the tree. Don’t forget the cider!
Corn mazes are huge outdoor play areas cut through corn fields. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, outdoor play clothing and bring the whole family for some fun.
Hayrides are a pleasure ride in an open truck, wagon or sleigh which has been decorated with hay or straw and similar farm life paraphernalia. There is a link below but you can also do an Internet search in your region.
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 a few Fall themed items
The A1c test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months. The A1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test. The A1C test is the primary test used for diabetes management and diabetes research.
The A1C test reflects the average of a person’s blood glucose levels over the past 3 months. Be sure your doctor checks your A1C at least 4 times yearly. The A1C test result is reported as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the higher a person’s blood glucose levels have been. A normal A1C level is below 5.7 percent. Learn more about the A1C
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.