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Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland Newsletter
November 2010                                                                            
Volume 1, Issue 16
November is Diabetes Awareness Month
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Did You Know?
* From 1980-2008, the number of Americans with diabetes has more than tripled from 5.6 million to 18.1 million.
*A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that 1 in 3 people will have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the symptoms and complications of diabetes.
Face Off Against Diabetes

DAGC is teaming up with Kaiser Permanente, American Diabetes Association, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to "Face-Off Against Diabetes" at the Lake Erie Monsters' game on Friday, November 26 at 7:30pm at Quicken Loans Arena.  We will be providing risk assessments and diabetes information. 


You have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the game!  Lower level seats are only $15/each.  Please CLICK HERE to download and print your order form today! 

Type One Parent Support Group

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The Type One Parent Support (TOPS) group invites all interested parents to a planning meeting on Wednesday, December 8th at 7pm at the DAGC office to discuss an updated program format for 2011 that we've developed based on parent responses to an online survey.  Please RSVP by calling Julie Hewitt at 216-591-0800 x 34.  We hope to see you there!

2010 Promenade Logo

 Our 26th Annual Promenade, "Take Steps to Fight Diabetes," held on October 23 at Embassy Suites - Cleveland Rockside was a smashing success and raised $37,000!  Special thanks to our celebrity and professional dancers and congratulations to the winning couple: Dominique Moceanu and Heriberto Perez!


Stay tuned for details about the 2011 Promenade event!

Save the Dates! 

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 Please mark your calendar for our 2011 special events.  More information will be available soon.

Sunday, March 6, 2011: 13th Annual SCUBA for Diabetes @ Cleveland State University

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 8, 9, 10, 2011:  26th Annual Swim for Diabetes @ indoor pools throughout Northeast Ohio

Monday, June 6, 2011:
20th Annual Golf Outing @ Canterbury Golf Club

Saturday, September 10, 2011:
Backpack Bivouac XX to benefit Camp Ho Mita Koda

October/November 2011 TBD:
27th Annual Promenade/Dancing with the Stars


DAGC is now part of Channel 3's iAlert closing notification system in case of inclement weather.  Tune in to Channel 3 or visit www.wkyc.com to see if a DAGC program is cancelled due to bad weather this winter.

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Helen M. Dumski, MA, RD, LD/President & CEO
Helen Dumski headshotDuring this time of year especially, we would like to say "thank you" to all of our constituents for all that you do to make DAGC what it is. 

* Thank you to our clients from our empowerment groups, community programs, Camp Ho Mita Koda, professional programs, collaborative efforts, phone calls, and more.  Our goal is to empower you to gain the confidence and education to live well with diabetes.  Thank you for letting us serve you.


* Thank you to our donors who financially support our services through a variety of ways - special events, annual fund donations, tribute donations, membership dues, and more.  Thank you for supporting our mission.


* Thank to to our volunteers who donate their precious time to support our office needs, special events, Board of Directors, and committees.  Thank you for giving back to your community.


As a local and independent nonprofit organization, we are here to serve the Greater Cleveland community; and, we owe our thanks to the Greater Cleveland community for all that you do.  We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope to see you at one of our upcoming programs!

Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

Here are some simple things you can do to stay on track for eating healthy during the holidays when there are so many temptations to overeat.  Remember, everyone is different and these may not all work for you. However, if you see one you like give it a try.


Watch portion sizes. You can eat anything and everything for the holidays. You don't need to sacrifice or give up any of your favorite things. Anything can fit into balanced meals, but always remember to eat in moderation.

Avoid eating sugar-free foods. Does this surprise you? For some it might. Here is why: Carbohydrates raise blood sugars, not just sugar. If something says it's sugar-free, that does not mean its carbohydrate free. Usually the sugar-free pies, cakes, or cookies have the same amount of carbohydrates as the regular. This can confuse people. Companies market "sugar-free" because they know people think it's healthier for them. It's not though. To be simple, just eat the regular and eat in moderation. If you have any questions about this, our educators can answer your questions. Call our office at 216-591-0800.

Take a healthy appetizer to share at parties and get togethers. If you're going somewhere, ask if you can bring an appetizer. You can bring a cheese tray, bacon wrapped water chesnuts, or a veggie tray. These things have no or low carbohydrates so you know you can snack on these before dinner without raising your blood sugar.

CLICK HERE for more tips!

2011 Camp Ho Mita Koda Summer Schedule
Camp Ho Mita Koda LogoThe dates for the 2011 Camp Ho Mita Koda summer season are now posted on the camp website.  1-day, 3-day, 5-day, and 12-day sessions are available for children with diabetes  ages 4-15.  New this year is a family day at camp for children with diabetes and their parents and siblings.  Please visit www.CampHoMitaKoda.org for more details or call us at 216-591-0800. 
DAGC Honors

At our 26th annual Promenade event on October 23, DAGC honored several individuals and organizations for their many contributions to DAGC over the years.  This year's honorees included:


CatalanoPatrick Catalano, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth Medical Center, received the Honorary Director of the Year Award for his extraordinary service as a past board member of DAGC.




Douglas Rogers, MD, Head of the Section of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology at the Cleveland Clinic, received the Director of the Year Award for his extraordinary service as a board member and Medical Director of DAGC's Camp Ho Mita Koda for children with diabetes.



 HorowitzKaren Horowitz Kahn, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical and Molecular Endocrinology at University Hospital Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, received the Board Leadership Development Award for her leadership and dedication in fundraising.

 Andrews Osborne

Andrews Osborne Academy, Willoughby's first private, coeducational boarding and day school, received the Volunteer of the Year Award for its extraordinary participation in and fundraising for the Swim for Diabetes event over the past 13 years.


WOIO 19 Action News received the Media Award for its role in promoting community awWOIOareness of the epidemic of diabetes in Northeast Ohio.



Congratulations and "thank you" to this year's honorees!

CWRU's Beta Theta Pi Walks for DAGC

On October 9, CWRU's Beta Theta Pi fraternity Beta Theta Pi 1held its 26th annual Steven P. Arnold Walkathon to benefit DAGC. The event was established in 1986 in memory of fraternity brother Steven P. Arnold ('84) who died from diabetes complications. Approximately 150 people participated and raised more than $3,500! This year, DAGC provided diabetes risk assessments and distributed diabetes information to raise awareness about the disease. 


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Since 1986, the Walk has raised more than $60,000 for DAGC's diabetes education programs.  Our many thanks to Beta Theta Pi for all that they do for DAGC!



It's not too early to get started on your New Year's resolution to exercise more!  Join us at the DAGC office every Monexerciseday and Friday evening from 6:15-7pm for "Divacise."  This instructor-led exercise class includes dance, yoga, and boxing moves to inspirational instrumental music.  The moves can be adjusted to your level or ability.  Cost is $3/drop-in or $10 for 8 sessions.  We welcome new participants at any time!  For more information, contact MaryAnn Nicolay at 216-591-0800 x 16.   

(Please call 216-591-0800 with any questions and check the DAGC website for any updates).
November 19     Divacise
November 22     Divacise
November 26     Face Off Against Diabetes/Lake Erie Monsters
November 29     Divacise
December 3       Divacise
December 6       Divacise
December 8       TOPS Planning Meeting @ DAGC
December 10     Empowerment Group @ Southeast YMCA, Bedford
December 10     Divacise
December 11     DAGC DIVA Session
December 13     Divacise
December 15     Empowerment Group @ Beck Center, Lakewood
December 17     Divacise
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