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On the Dance Floor...
Aetna Foundation Grant
Flickr dance-a-thon photos

Weigh Wise makes its debut, a monthly series dedicated to focusing on the latest approaches to managing weight and written by in resident expert, Michelle Barth. Those who come to the dances see the new installments first!


Aetna Grant & First DOD Intern!
Keeping up with Dance Out Diabetes

Two gems in one month? Yes: a significant grant & your very first intern! 
The work we are doing to promote health with dance, access to certified diabetes educators and fun for the whole family has garnered two significant "shots in the arm" for your growing organization:
Kenzie Kujawski in action 1. The Aetna Foundation has backed        us again.
 2. Kenzie Kujawski, health promotion
     and wellness 
major, all the way          from the University of Wisconsin -
     Stevens Point, has landed in San
     Francisco to invest 400 hours with 
     Dance Out Diabetes! 
  This newsletter has the details of         these  two huge wins, photos (as         promised) of  our dance-a-thon, a       playlist, unveils the Weigh Wise        series and tells you how you can join   Kenzie with the East Coast Swing dance this Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 1-3 p.m. at the African American Art & Culture Complex.
Aetna Foundation awards $15,000 to Dance Out Diabetes' Dance Off Your Weigh Program!

The focus this year is on managing weight and thanks to you and the Aetna Foundation, participants can continue to access our services at no charge. [Special thanks to all who chipped in with the Groupon campaign! We "tipped" the $400 deal in donations.] 


We hope to prove that our community program will make an impact on reducing risk for diabetes or its effects. 


Aetna Foundation

What does the program include?

1. Monthly
taught by

2. Monthly calls in-between the dances.

3. On-line patient portal that will allow all
    participants to stay connected through the
    month (instructions featured next month).

4. Weigh Wise monthly columns written
    by expert registered dietitian and DOD
    Board of Director, Michelle Barth.

5. Added metrics of waist measurements
   (part of the free, $100-value check-up).

6. Referral program to local providers.

7. Most importantly, FUN, and support.


The press release will be available very soon. 


So many great shots, so little room.

For those of you keeping track, a promise was made to show you the rest of the photos from our dance-a-thon. We opened a Flickr account to accommodate all the fun. Enjoy the slide show by clicking the blue sentence in this paragraph!
Chris and Lyra 

East Coast Swing THIS Saturday, 2/11, 1-3 pm!
(Download flyer and share with others here.)

AAACC artKenzie Kujawski will lead us in a FREE East Coast Swing class at our new spot at the African American Art & Culture Complex which is located at 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco 94102 (between Webste
r and Buchanan, with easy Muni access and plenty of free parking). Thanks to the AAACC for donating Dance Studio A space for us. Happy African American Heritage month!


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. 


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. This is possible because of our dedicated volunteers, individual donors and corporate sponsors

Please arrive promptly at 1 p.m. for check-in. 
[Please note, we are a scent-free health organization.]

We were asked to enter the Ellen Degeneres Dance Dare contest (where you go dancing behind strangers without them knowing it and put the video on YouTube).  For your humor quotient, your Executive Director and DJ Charis (AKA Rosie, now impromptu photographer), hit the streets of San Francisco for this goofy video shoot View our videos on YouTube.
Dancing Dragon And lastly, Happy Chinese New Year! 
 A third of San Franciscans are Asian  Americans who have high risk factors  for diabetes. It is the year of the  dragon. This dragon baby is thrilled  about the turn out we had last month  and what the future holds in store for  our collective efforts. 


TG headshot



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).