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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
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.
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.
This weekend think about a day hike. Hiking is an outdoor activity which consists of walking over natural terrain or on a trail, in mountainous or other scenic areas for recreational purposes. A day hike refers to a hike that can be completed in a single day – not requiring an overnight camp.
Spring is the perfect time for hiking. The weather is warming up and more comfortable, you get to experience wildflowers blooming and fresh air.
Here are some resources to help you get your trail legs.
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 Spring or Easter themed items.