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Here’s a challenge: Track how many activities and good habits you can develop during Defeat Diabetes® Month 2017. 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 2017 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
Here’s some resources to keep your family active all year long.
Although people with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, the risk rises with age, glucose control and how long you’ve had diabetes. The highest rates of neuropathy are reported among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years. Diabetic neuropathy seem to be more common in people who have poor glucose control, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or who are overweight. Yet, you can often prevent diabetic neuropathy or slow its progress with tight blood glucose control and a healthy lifestyle.
New Fruit Tuesday. Called “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus, papayas were once considered exotic, though they can now be found in markets throughout the year.
Take the Stairs Tuesday. Stop at the top, while holding onto the handrail, place your toes at the edge of the steps and lower your heels. This is a great stretching exercise.
Our bodies can survive without some nutrients for months, but we can only live for 5-10 days without water! We’re mostly made of water too! We lose it when we sweat, when we breathe and in body waste.We use it to:
- To carry nutrients and waste in the body
- To lubricate joints, digestive tract and body tissues
- To cool the body, especially during periods of physical activity.
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 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
Archery, in one form or another, has been around for somewhere between 10,000 – 40,000 years (probably longer). The bow and arrow was first used for hunting and was later used as an effective long distance weapon in warfare and was an important military and hunting skill before the development of firearms. Archery also figured prominently in mythology of many cultures and fiction e.g. Robin Hood, Cupid, Legolas and Green Arrow.
Today archery is still used as a tool for hunting but also enjoys recognition worldwide as a team and individual sport.
Visit a Farmers Market. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Although many large grocery store chains have excellent produce departments, many of the fruits and vegetables travel from distant locations, even foreign countries; are grown with pesticides or irradiated so that they can survive the trip from the farm to the grocery store.
A local farmers market provides an important link between your community and fresh food sources. People have an opportunity to meet and interact with the farmers who grow the food they eat. Small farmers, generally, also utilize more eco-friendly farming techniques. Children get in touch with seeing food that isn’t canned, frozen or processed.
Local Harvest provides a searchable database for farmers markets, local farms and other local sustainable food sources.
Defeat Diabetes® News Video – Farmer’s Market Diversity
Defeat Diabetes® News Video – Organic vs. Conventional Gardening
Organic Vs. Conventional Gardening – Article
No local farmer’s markets? Consider joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.