February, 2016 Edition 
Groundhog's Day - Sleep In!
Regardless of whether the groundhog woke up in time to see his shadow or not, the latest study indicates what your mother inevitably told you - get enough sleep! While previous studies indicated that sleep deprivation is not good for blood sugar, the good news is that making up for lost sleep by sleeping in can help reverse it.

Happy Chinese New Year! 
February 8
This day starts the year of the "Red Fire Monkey". In China, the cause of diabetes has not garnered as much awareness as in the U.S. In fact, China has the world's largest epidemic of diabetes! Read Mary Shi's moving story from DiabetesMine about life in Chinawith t1d. 

Happy Valentine's Day
February 14

TuDiabetes has some inspiring valentine art to share, along with some other artistic ventures if you're feeling creative! 

P.S. Love Yourself! 
Diabetes Self Management has an important reminder - besides loving others, its just as important to love yourself, diabetes and all. There are even "love languages" to learn, understand and practice! 
The Diabetic Diva also reminds us that its not only our heart we might wear on our sleeve...

Terms of Endearment - 
Six Until Me
Sometimes finding the love for diabetes can be a real stretch for those in the throes. Fortunately, the talented Kerri Sparling at SixUntilMe has partnered with friends to create the first "Diabetes Terms of Endearment" ebook. Now, everyone can share some diabetes love and laughter!

Have a Hearty Laugh! 
When the short, dark days of February start to get you down, take time out for a laugh break with some Diabetes Mine comics!
Join a Type 1 Diabetes Focus Group Discussion 
Helfgott Research Institute is conducting a research study to hear about perspectives on diabetes self-management among 18-29 year olds with type 1 diabetes. Learn more and see if you can take part and join now

College Scholarships! 
Check out these scholarship options through the College Diabetes Network for students with diabetes! Some have deadlines late February, others in March or April!

Recipe of the Month: Cinnamon Banana Cake
with Chocolate Ganache 

What you will need: 
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar*
1/2 cup packed brown sugar*
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs lightly beaten 
2/3 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped 
1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half



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Be there! For the loved ones you can't live without, and for the causes you are passionate about.

Giving from the heart can manifest itself in more ways that you've ever imagined. Besides the traditional bestowing of gifts or monetary donations upon either your relatives or your favorite causes, the list of kindness that can bring meaning to you and your receivers is endless. It doesn't have to be a special occasion or that holiday end-of-the-year-tax-rush for you to exercise the strongest, hardest-working muscle in your body! 

Check Out Amazing Fun Facts
About the Heart from LiveScience

It has been proven time and time again that kind deeds are a win-win for both giver and receiver. Not only do you make others happy, but doling out favors pumps you up, both physically and mentally! Whether its random acts of kindness or planned philanthropy, it's literally all good.

The Honey Foundation sweetly captures the research bee-hind giving and how & why it works so well!!

Go "BIG"!
Have you ever had a BIG idea about completing an incredible feat, like running a marathon or juggling for 12 hours straight, or creating something awe-inspiring like a life-sized jellybean castle? Or, perhaps planning a fantastic summer residential basketball camp for kids with diabetes (ah hem!)? But maybe it feels a little funny to do it "just to do it." Instead, you could put your idea to work for a wonderful charity of your choice by having friends join you or sponsors support you. Dress up in animal costumes in a short obstacle race for your favorite shelter, or see how many apples can you bob in one day. Basically you can throw the word "thon" on the end of just about anything and create a festive, challenging or hilarious event for your school, church, team, neighborhood, friends and family to participate in that also lends a hand to those in need.

There are dozens of websites that can help generate ideas for Philanthropic Fun:

Or, if you're not feeling quite as inventive yourself, there are hundreds of opportunities in just about every community to join in on someone else's big and brilliant idea. From this month's Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, to the CASA for Children Bowl-a-thon to the Heart Breaker Half there is inevitably something out there to make your generous heart go pitter patter. 

Go "small"! 
Not everyone feels comfortable going all out Chris Dudley-style in order to give back. Frankly, helping others doesn't actually have to be a big deal. Ironically, often it's the little things that can make the biggest difference in the lives of those around you, or even in the life of a stranger.

Another Dudley, Drew Dudley, in his TEDTalk on "Everyday Leadership" reminds us that we have countless opportunities to profoundly and positively impact other people every day. We might just not be aware of these opportunities or "lollipop moments." In this absolutely well-worth-watching video, Dudley defines a lollipop moment as, "A moment where someone said something, or did something, that fundamentally made your life better." Perhaps a stranger says something that reframes a devastating setback and gets you back on your feet; or they not only find your lost wallet but deliver it to you personally across 50 miles. Maybe they save your life by pulling you out of the crosswalk from the path of a red light runner.

Other times, it's more simple.

Think about the security guard everyone counts on for a cheery greeting and a corny joke; the Starbucks barista who not only recognizes you everyday, but puts extra caramel in your latte and serves it in your favorite cup; or your mother-in-law who always, always makes your favorite pie.

Research shows that even just wearing a smile, a genuine smile, as you go about your day makes everyone around you, including you, feel better.  

Learn more about the Science of a Smile on buffersocial!!

Go "NOW"!
There's no need to wait. Even though it is conveniently the time of year when romance reigns and Cupid calls, the fact is that any time and any day is good for giving.

Happy Valentine's Day 

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