April, 2016 Edition 
Stuff My Talking Glucose Meter Says on April Fool's Day
From April Fools Day healthy eating gimmicksto the whimsies of the GlucoseMeter Duos YouTube portrayal of the zany things a glucose meter might say on Aprils Fool's Day,  everyone agrees - have a good laugh on this day; its great for your healthWhat's more, did you know we're wired to fall for it!? 

April is National Poetry Month! 

The month begins solemnly with the poem "Sugar" by James Dickey
Then things lighten up.
YouthSpeaks is inspiring kids and young adults to speak up about Type 2 diabetes in dramatic and perspective-changing ways including through poetry; while a registered nurse in Trinidad uses poetry to teach people about diabetes in her book entitled "Poem for You & Your Neighbor: Health Disorders Simplified". T1d poet Leanne Rebecca also commemorates her own diagnoses each year in March with diabetes poetry. 

April is also Defeat Diabetes Month! 

Defeat Diabetes challenges you to take on a health-boosting activity every single day for the month of April. With their handy online calendar, they have suggestions for everything from meals to activities to educational tips. 

Type One Type Happy...
Driving Solo 

What happens when you combine diabetes, happiness, a road trip and a rabbit? Given that we are following on the heels of Easter, it seemed appropriate to check back in on Gretchen Otte. In her TypeOneTypeHappy blogpost, she covers tips on traveling solo on a long trip with diabetes, accompanied by her best friend and bunny Winnie of course!

Rabbits up to Trix! 

Speaking of bunnies, CinnaBun the new signature Trix rabbit for General Mills represents the adorable progress they are making in improving the health of their infamous cereals. Read about some other amazing rabbits who have saved their owners, including two from diabetes dangers!

Earth Day 
April 22

Earth Day is here! Choose from many celebratory ideas and activities, including the theme of Food Recovery; or just get out walking to enjoy the earth and support diabetes while you're at it, like World Guy does! 

Arbor Day 
April 29

It's Arbor Day! And time to celebrate and learn more about our tall and leafy neighbors who do so much to keep us healthyAnother important genre of tree, particular for those with diabetes is, a Family TreeMapping out family health history can be helpful in exploring diabetes and other health risks, both for you and for the generations to comeIn keeping with the tree theme, "From Acorns to Oak Trees" is an interesting article on the standards of diabetes education and care. 

Power Over Diabetes 
April 30

This FREE diabetes fair at the Scottish Rite Center in Salem  features a fun and packed agenda! Celebrity Chef Curtis Aiken and Teresa Martin, CDE, from Novo Nordisk will be presenting "The Diabetes Academy Plus Chef" as part of the full day of diabetes education , along with  dozens of vendors, health screenings, videos, speakers, photo ops with Star Wars Storm Troopers, and more!  Get the details at 
Recipe of the Month: 
Strawberry
-Chocolate Graham Sandwich 

Feeling the 3 p.m. pull of the vending machine? This quick-fix treat will satisfy your sweet tooth with only 125 calories and 19 grams of carb.
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon light cream   cheese spread

1/8 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

2 chocolate graham cracker squares

2 strawberries, thinly sliced 
 
Directions: 
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and orange peel. Spread one side of each graham cracker with cream cheese mixture. Arrange strawberry slices on cream cheese side of one cracker; top with the other cracker, cream cheese side down. Makes 1 serving.

More info here!

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Have You Noticed?...

Surely you have! But in case you haven't, the Chris Dudley Foundation has a NEW website! 
But still the same web address, www.chrisdudley.org

We're not ordinarily ones to showboat, but sometimes you do have to "toot your own horn" - at least just a little. We have to admit that our recently refurbished website has us feeling pretty proud!

Formally unveiled just a few weeks ago, the extra user-friendly site boasts a sharp new look with a number of fresh enhancements. A streamlined, modernized background and crisp layout allow a faster connection to the latest and greatest of all things CDF that you want and need. 

New, True and Blue

To list just a few highlights of the new site: 

-NEW! Link to Flikr! Take a trip down memory lane from past to present, and back again. You won't believe the array of Camp & CDF event pics to love, laugh, (cry) and reminisce over! 

-NEW! Testimonials page! We adore you all; and you love CDBC too! Enjoy heartfelt messages and gratitude from fellow campers and staff.

-NEW! Full archives of Playin' Thru! Now you can find past complete issues (not just articles) for the CDF e-newsletter all the way back to 2012.

Better yet, there is now an official alumni page where past Campers, Staff and admirers can stay in touch.  Alumni, please remember that we would LOVE to hear from you and/or feature you in our "Where They Are Now?" column in the Playing Thru newsletter. Let's get connected!



Change Can Be Hard

No worries of course! All of the good information and basics that you might have relied on before is still there, but just smarter situated and easier to access. In the event that you are not able to locate something that you need, please email us right away! We always appreciate hearing from our friends and fans, and we'd be happy to help point you in the right direction.

Enjoy!

Special thanks to Gayle Yost for the extra time & effort she put into this website makeover!

Where Are They Now?...  
Kayley Wolf
Have you wondered what your favorite counselor does for their day job? Or, perhaps you've lost touch with a CDF pal and would love to know what they're up to. Search no more! You can find out here in the alumni spotlight "Where Are They Now?"... Oh, and please remember to email and let us know what you are up to so we can feature YOU too!

1. How many years did you attend camp and what was the last year that you attended? 
The first year I attended camp was...actually, I have no idea. More or less 15 years ago? I wasn't able to attend this past year, but was in Vernonia the year before that! 

2. What is your favorite camp memory? 
From the very first time Tyler and I played the camp song, "Lucky Few", to each variation and group since, I have so many wonderful and different memories associated with playing violin for the camp song. Some memories are incredibly sad and some are incredibly happy, but I am moved every time I play that song. There is absolutely nothing like looking out at the "picnic table audience" while playing "Lucky Few" and hearing everyone sing.   

3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care? 
"Test, don't guess". Though now it is more like "Check your Dexcom, don't guess" ;) 
Also, the people you meet at camp can be your greatest resource in diabetes care. Don't be afraid to call/text/message anyone from Dudley whenever you want/need. Whenever my number is low/high and I don't know why, I call my Dudley friends and figure (or laugh) it out. 

Lastly, don't let diabetes stop you from doing ANYTHING. You can do whatever you dream - you just have to embrace the challenge that is diabetes. I've played violin in the Sydney Opera House and have flown airplanes solo. It takes work, preparation, AND incredible, supportive parents that helped, yet challenged me to take ownership of my diabetes starting at a very young age. And on that note, major props to my parents (and so many others!)

4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp? 
Yes. Many people! And I hope that never changes. I can't name everyone or this would become way too long! 
5. Do you have any advice for present or future campers? 
Do not underestimate the fact that athletes with diabetes (and parents of athletes with diabetes) are AWESOME! I know, groundbreaking advice. I have met so many incredible people at CDBC that will be my friends for life. It is so nice to have a whole slew of people that I can call when I go low while on a run or when I run into a doorknob and pull my site out three days in a row...

6. Tell us about yourself since your camper days...did you attend college and where...are you working...are you married...do you have children...anything else you would like to share.
After graduating from college in 2012, I have been doing human factors engineering research on medical devices such as CGMs, meters, and pumps. I also play violin with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, am a licensed pilot (just like former camper Chris Duvall!), and am a snowboarding coach with Riding On Insulin. Last but not least, I am getting married June 2016 to a guy that will get me juice at 3AM and carry glucose tabs in his pockets when we run.

Chris Dudley Head shot PT
Happy April Showers! 
 
Sincerely,

Chris Dudley and  
Chris Dudley Foundation

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