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Staying Healthy to Prevent Diabetes Complications

Although type 2 diabetes cannot be cured, many of the scary complications that accompany this disease can be prevented.

Each month, the new series, Staying Healthy to Prevent Diabetes Complications, discusses 

"lifestyle choices" that pack a powerful punch against the dangers of diabetes. 

The series is written by Barbara Quinn, MS, RD, CDE, and you can find 
Going Green $$ & Salsa this Saturday!
Plus, a new prevention series.
Keeping up with Dance Out Diabetes


Wanna keep your New Year's momentum and get some bucks?

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With the help of a recently awarded grant from Novo Nordisk, the Dance Out Diabetes Cash & Care for Wellness Program has been taken to new heights. 
Onsite Participants GET PAID to take an active role in their health. What? Yes. You can earn up to $30/month. AND DOD is GOING GREEN by entering all health metrics into the Wellness Program. This lets participants access their labs, see progress and ask our diabetes educators a question.
How? Attend the monthly dance, get your health screenings and get a $10 gift card to local organic grocers and fitness facilities. Then you qualify for $10 more for promising on your pancreas that you exercised at least 30 minutes 3 times every week between the dances. But wait! There's more. If you return with a 3-day Weigh Wise food/activity diary and get our diabetes educator feedback, you get another $10 gift card. 
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 Come to the dance this Saturday    and get your DOD Healthy Rewards  Card! You'll see our regular and new  volunteers sporting computers to  help you.

DOD is offering this incentive only to adults while Novo Nordisk funding lasts. A participant can receive a maximum of $30/month.
So what are you waiting for? Click Here for more information and to sign up for the Cash & Care for Wellness Program. Access the Getting Started Guide for an explanation of the first steps of the program. IF YOU ENROLL BEFORE SATURDAY = automatic $10 gift card when you arrive at the dance.
You can STILL qualify to earn CASH or one-on-one time CARE even if you don't live in San Francisco. Simply create an online account through our secure patient portal, and get points for tracking your health markers such as physical activity, A1C, veggie and fruit consumption as well as your personal labs. Point values are allotted to daily entries and monthly prizes are distributed at the onsite dance, or mailed to participants.
Salsa this Saturday, 
1/12, 1-3 pm!
(Download flyer & share with others HERE)   

Popular, gifted and cute instructor, Elsa Rivera is back! This time, she is is teaching us some Salsa, a lively Latin dance form with Cuban origins. It is generally associated with Latin-American dance music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and a Cuban big-band flavor. Elsa Rivera will show you an upbeat workout that gets the whole body moving, but is accommodating to all ages and abilities.

Elsa Rivera (salsa)
 Join us at the African  American  Art & Culture Complex located  at 762  Fulton  Street, San  Francisco (Muni access & free  parking).



 Email Theresa at    tgarnero@danceoutdiabetes.org  or call 1-877-765-4386 to say  you plan to attend. This secures  your spot, gives you priority  access and helps us have  enough staff & supplies.


Please arrive promptly at 1 p.m. for check-in (or 1:15 if you are not doing the health screening). Bring water, a snack if you need it, and comfortable shoes.

What We Did in 2012
DATA! We had such amazing outcomes, we submitted an abstract for the American Diabetes Association conference coming up in Chicago. That is remarkable, given the fact we just finished year 2 worth of dances. 
Here is a snapshot, with much more to share when we get some sleep.

Participants (keep in mind that many people didn't want their profiles known; I know personally we had many more type 1s, type 2s, etc., but of the data we did collect):

  • 301 (43 people with diabetes: T1 (4), T2 (25), prediabetes (11), gestational (3); 48 support persons (family, friend, spouse); 40 volunteers; 9 diabetes educators; 98 signed consent but did not get health metrics; 56 had incomplete health metrics; 7 opted out / did not want metrics shared.
  • Over 500 tuned into our virtual dance-a-thon.
  • 25% return rate (n=75), a significant increase over 2011 wherein we had 14% return (n=17).  
  • 21% reported increasing exercise more than 50% over baseline since starting the program.
  • A1Cs: 140 performed.
    95% of attendees lowered or maintained A1C <7%. Average decrease of 0.49%!
    Of all A1Cs taken, keeping in mind that several only tested once, T1 average = 8.3%; T2 average = 7.5%, prediabetes average = 5.7%; unknown type (as participant left this section blank under diabetes type) = 5.8%.
  • 57% lost or maintained weight with an average decrease in BMI of 1.28 and an average decrease in waist circumference of 2.73 inches.
  • Blood pressure: average drop in systolic 9.47 mmHg and an average drop in diastolic of 4 mmHg.
  • Blood glucose: average drop from before to after the dance = 20 mg/dl.
OK, who knows of a validated FUN survey? What is not reflected here is the GREAT TIME and JOY we had while learning some moves and supporting each other.
A BIG THANK YOU to all who were involved and participated, including Board of Directors, volunteers, KENZIE, sponsors and donors. Please help us to keep this going with a donation. What? Hitting you up for support after every non-profit has already done so? Yes, that's how we can pull all this off WITH NO STAFF!!! 
Happy New Year indeed.

Meet Barbara

Barbara Quinn Barbara Quinn, MS, RD, CDE is  writing the new, free monthly  series, Staying Healthy to  Prevent Diabetes Complications,  for Dance Out Diabetes. 


 Barbara is a registered dietitian  and certified diabetes educator at  the Community Hospital of the  Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, California. She has a certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management and is a certified health and wellness coach.


Barbara writes a weekly column, ON NUTRITION, and a monthly "Health Matters" column for the Monterey County Herald www.montereyherald.com.  She is the author of The Diabetes DTOUR DIET (2009) and the DTOUR Diet Cookbook (2010), Rodale Press. She is a freelance writer and content provider for several online sites, including Cengage Publishing.


Come share just one more dance this Saturday!
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Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE

Dance Out Diabetes Founder and Executive Director 
Want to invest in your body or support someone with prediabetes or diabetes (type 1 and 2, and gestational)? Add JOY to your life?  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).