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Together on the Dance Floor
Groupon joins Dance Out Diabetes
Dance-a-thon 11/12/11 Highlights
Ready to Zumba?

Nutrition in Motion, last installment of a brilliant series... thanks Stefania, for all your volunteerism. 

If you'd like to get a yummy recipe on how to make a sodium-free soup stock from registered
dietitian, Stefania Manetti, check this out.

Dance-a-thon & Groupon-a-thon!
Keeping up with Dance Out Diabetes

What does our annual dance-a-thon and this week's Groupon campaign have in common? 
They happen once in a blue moon and help to underwrite DOD programs. 
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                                                               This newsletter shares some great    
from our 1st annual dance-a-
   thon (like this one of Allison and    
   Ronald's girls) and gives you the steps          to get involved with a very rare
72 hour GROUPON campaign to help Dance Out Diabetes - starts now!


This Tuesday - Thursday only, Groupon's community outreach initiative hopes to make an impact on what we do at Dance Out Diabetes. 


Will you help make our campaign successful?

All it takes is $10 from 40 people and the deal "gets tipped" (Groupon lingo showing how much our community members care for our organization). Then, 100% of the proceeds raised through Groupon will go to Dance Out Diabetes. Or, 1 person can but 40 tickets. :)


Translation, your $10 can turn into $800 for the work we are trying to accomplish. That $800 goes right to providing free services to people in need.


The deal is on! Simply click on http://www.groupon.com/deals/gt-dance-out-diabetes to chip in 10 bucks.


The critics say we cannot sustain our free programs. Thanks to you, we can. You help us help others.


November Dance-a-thon: fun and fruitful


As you can tell from these select shots, much fun was had from volunteers and participants: 


Allen Isidro gave us a sample of his American Line Dance class (he'll be back for a complete class this May). DJ Charis kept the dance floor movin' as did all the folks who joined the dance competition. A DOD event wouldn't be complete without the health component - so we checked A1Cs, glucoses and blood pressures.
Thanks to several local artists, including Susan Johnson, the art auction was a huge success:
DOD art auction 
The dance-a-thon had a goal to raise enough money to fund our monthly dances for the year. Many individuals contributed, with a special mention to Elena Gary who raised the most! We also had several sponsors and many more fun photos (but it seems I have exhausted my photo allocation for this edition)... not to worry. Next newsletter will have a link to our Flickr account with many more photos.
A couple of significant pledges are still outstanding, but all in all, our collective community did a remarkable job in securing our future. We raised to date $10,000. This doesn't cover expenses for the year, but it's close. The Groupon campaign has the potential to further secure monthly dances, A1C testing and the like.
Thanks for the fond memories!

Zumba THIS Saturday, 1/14, 1-3 pm!
(Download flyer and share with others here.)

Rossy Leon will lead us in a FREE Zumba class at our new spot at the African American Art & Culture Complex which is located at 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco 94102 (between Webster and Buchanan, with easy Muni access and plenty of free parking), we have secured donated space in DANCE STUDIO A!


If you prefer, you can simply email Theresa at tgarnero@danceoutdiabetes.org or call 1-877-765-4386 to say you plan to attend. This helps us have enough staff and supplies.
Our program this year is called, "Dance Off the Weight" for several reasons. First, we all tend to gain weight as we age. Second, carrying extra weight makes it difficult for the body to use insulin. Third, those who are above the recommended weight can have a host of other health problems. 


Certainly, not all people with diabetes are overweight nor need to lose weight. In fact, 20 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are "normal" weight. And, consider that in some cultures, a nice-sized "booty" is desirable. We are not out to change that. We will focus efforts on maintaining weights, losing if necessary and learning how best to do that. 

You can be fit at any weight!


The Diabetes Prevention Program taught us that losing 5% of body weight for at-risk individuals can reverse diabetes. Those who come to our monthly program will get access to Weigh Wise, a new monthly and free publication by in-resident expert, Michelle Barth, RD, CDE. 


Participants get a FREE $100 value check up 

including: an A1C test, glucose, blood pressure, BMI, and access to certified diabetes educators who can answer your questions.


The only way this is possible is because we have had hundreds of volunteers, people who donate and corporate sponsors. Every dime helps and after just spending several hundreds of dollars on A1C testing supplies, we are very excited about the Groupon potential. 
Please arrive promptly at 1 p.m. for check-in. 
[Please note, we are a scent-free health organization.]

Dancing is a way to get lost in a joyful state. So much of diabetes is about the non-stop thinking about what to eat, how much medicine to take, anxiety about going too low... all valid. A little dancing is great for the body, and as important, the mind. It's a mental time out. 

Whether or not you have diabetes, or your family member or friend has it, or you just want to do something healthy for your body, please come join us THIS Saturday, 1/14/12 from 1-3 pm at the African American Art & Culture Complex (unless it's your birthday in which case you are excused).

Here's to kicking up our heels at our new dance studio.


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Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE

Dance Out Diabetes Founder and Executive Director
Tired of the expense of healthcare? Looking for an innovative way to invest in your body or support someone with prediabetes or diabetes (type 1 and 2, and gestational)? Then come join the free movement with Dance Out Diabetes. Stay connected with us on Facebook (and no, you don't have to have a Facebook account to read our updates).