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World Diabetes Day 2017

World Diabetes Day 2017

World Diabetes Day 2017


November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and today (November 14th, 2017) is what is becoming known as World Diabetes Day, a day of diabetes awareness worldwide.  With so much misleading information out there, days like these are becoming ever more prevalent.


Some things to expect on this day include the launching of support groups and fund raising campaigns towards diabetes research.  Social media campaigns can include hash tags such as #MakeDiabetesVisible, #WorldDiabetesDay, & #WDD.  Active members of the Diabetes Online Community host an annual twitter chat #WDDchat17 for the entire day exchanging comments and ideas on diabetes awareness efforts.  Some monuments worldwide are being lit up in the blue color associated with diabetes awareness, which some are calling “blue-washing”.  Others are wearing blue clothing and showing the blue circle on social media profiles as a sign of solidarity.


This all goes down in commemoration on the birthday of insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting who lived over a century ago.  Created by The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991 in response to the ever-growing health threat presented by diabetes.  This year marks the tenth year it was officially recognized by the United Nations with an official resolution, raising the public consciousness of this special day.  The campaign has reached a global conversation of over 1 billion people in over 160 countries and growing.  Steadfast in it’s continuing mission to draw attention to important issues as it relates to Diabetes, maintaining it within the public and political focus.


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Veteran’s Day Observed

Veteran’s Day Observed

Veteran’s Day & Honoring Those Who Served


Veterans vowed their allegiance to our country by serving in the military and fight for America’s liberty.  Showing gratitude can come in many forms, but a little appreciation can go a long way for those senior veterans in need on Veteran’s Day as their health and resources decline.


Here are some things you can do for Veteran’s Day:


  • Spending Time – Veterans in assisted living facilities nearly always enjoy visitors. Listen to what they have to say about their experiences, you may just learn something new.


  • Food Delivery – Local food banks usually accept food drops as well as volunteers to help deliver food to senior veterans.


  • Visit the Wounded – Ask about visitation hours at your regional Veterans hospitals to spend time with wounded service members.   A sympathetic ear can be great therapy for them.


  • Discounts – If you are a business owner, offer something that the seniors can enjoy in the form of discounts. If you do not own a business, research a list of discounts they can use for them.


  • Care-packages – Contact a local organization that help troops in need.  Find out what deployed troops really want or need in those care packages you help put together.


  • Wear a red poppy – Shows support for veteran and active duty service members. Donations received for the flowers usually assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.


  • Support Veteran-owned businesses – Not always easy to figure out which businesses are owned or operated by veterans. Contact your local chamber of commerce for more information.


  • Express thanks – Whenever you see somebody in uniform, offer words of appreciation or a small act of generosity to exhibit how much their service means to you.


  • Send a card – Start creating a contact list of the Veterans you know and send them thank you cards. Keep updating your list and make it a yearly tradition.



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How to Make Halloween Enjoyable for Children Living with Diabetes

How to Make Halloween Enjoyable for Children Living with Diabetes

How to Make Halloween Enjoyable for Children Living with Diabetes.

As Halloween approaches, it can prove to be a difficult time of the year for the parents of diabetic children.

It can be easy for them to feel left out when faced with limitations to the treats they may consume.  Consulting with a healthcare professional to determine safe alternatives is key.

Another important step is closely monitoring blood sugar levels for a safer holiday experience.

Focusing on other aspects of the holiday helps these kids avoid alienation from participation.  Letting them decide their costume, help with decorations, and planning an eventful party are just a few examples.

Toys and other activities such as pumpkin carving are great alternatives to high-sugar sweets and edibles.  But if the child is to have some, it’s best to combine it with a healthy meal to reduce the amount of insulin needed.

Keep a lookout for treats being sneaked by you.  Communication is critical, as some younger ones might not understand why others can have more candy than them.  Emphasizing discipline while expressing empathy will go a long way in mutual understanding and gaining trust.

Having a plan to mitigate candy consumption and being creative in the alternatives makes all the difference.  This holiday goes beyond sweets & treats and making your children aware of this will open their minds to other healthier activities..

More can be read here: Happy healthy Halloween tips for kids with diabetes