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On the Dance Floor...
Staying Healthy to Prevent Diabetes Complications

This monthly series discusses lifestyle choices that help you maximize your health with diabetes.

The series is written by Barbara Quinn, MS, RD, CDE, and you can find 
Bollywood in person or livestream! 
Keeping up with Dance Out Diabetes


Bollywood this Saturday, 
9/14, 1-3 pm!
(Download flyer & share with others HERE)   

Don't let the hot dog days of summer get you down! Let a little Bollywood into your life. It's a popular Indian dance form that developed in the Indian cinema and has since changed tremendously over the years. All ages and fitness levels will have a blast getting their heart going with Priya Nykan's Bollywood class! 

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



But, if you can't make it this Saturday, CLICK HERE to join us live, and dance along to our livestreaming video at 1:30 p.m.  And follow our YouTube channel to get any video updates. 


Email Theresa at tgarnero@danceoutdiabetes.org or call 1-877-765-4386 to say you plan to attend.  


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.


Last Month's Dance: 
Hip Hop with Eddie Garcia

Did you miss last month's dance? Were you there but want to do it again? Click below for the video of Eddie Garcia's Hip Hop class, and see how much fun was had.
Hip Hop with Eddie Garcia!

August Online Cash & Care for Wellness Program Winners:

KS $50
MW $30
DR $20

Only a few months left to participate in our online Wellness Program that gives you cash for your health efforts. It's easy and free. Sign up here. 

Volunteer Needed to Bring Water or Healthy Snacks
Participants need to stay hydrated while having fun at our monthly dances. Dance Out Diabetes is looking for a volunteer to donate and bring water bottles or healthy snacks for our participants on our second Saturday dances. If you are interested, please contact Theresa Garnero at tgarnero@danceoutdiabetes.org or call 1-877-765-4386.
  Por Tu Familia 
Dance Out Diabetes is partnering with
Por Tu Familia, the American Diabetes Association Latino Initiatives health campaign. We will have materials available at the dance. 
Dreamfields Grant Recipient! 

As part of their 50 Plates/50 States Health Initiative, Dreamfields granted $500 to Dance Out Diabetes to 
continue our Carrot Cash incentive program.

The mission of Dreamfields' initiative is to help educate Americans on ways to make healthier life choices, especially as they pertain to the prevention of pre-diabetes and diabetes, by supporting organizations and individuals who share the same goal. 

This money is going straight to you (with a few dollars toward promotional costs). Find out where you can use Carrot Cash HERE.

It's 49ers Season 
(and no, it's not about football)!
As I am about to turn the crisp age of 49 in 49'er country, I think of how I'm half way down the field (if lucky) and how it relates to DOD.

History buffs know that the 49'er term came from the gold rush of 1849 when vials of gold were readily harvested from Sutter's Creek in Sacramento. Chasing money still motivates most of us in order to pay our responsibilities. Here in the bountiful land of DOD, we know how expensive and burdensome diabetes can be and often is. That is why WE PAY YOU, even if it is a little something, to participate in our programs. Each month, because of a grant, we give $100 cash through our Wellness Program and about $400 in "carrot cash" in which participants get to use to buy organic goodies from local farmers' markets. We have no full-time staff. Fundraising happens with my primary efforts and that of the Board of Directors. It is not an easy task. 


Most non-profits have paid staff to raise money to keep their organizations going strong. Here at DOD, our formula has worked to get us started and keep us going over the first 3 years. Our main grants have come from diabetes industry (including several mainstream companies that make glucose machines or insulin pumps, and makers of insulin) as well as the Aetna Foundation. It has been brought to my attention that seeking money or grants from these types of organizations does not bode well with everyone. Some feel these are the same organizations that restrict access to affordable care. I understand that perspective. In my years of experience, I cannot name one diabetes-related, non-profit organization with an annual budget of over $100k that does not get funding from the diabetes industry. Generally speaking, most hospitals with diabetes departments won't accept funds from diabetes industry (some do); then again, most hospitals have several million dollar budgets. 


Perhaps in the future, when we grow to such a level as to depend primarily on individual donors, we can trail blaze a new standard for diabetes non-profits. For now, our "vial of gold" for this year is made up of individual donors (51%) and corporate sponsorships (49%). That mix will change as we need to continue to apply for more grant opportunities. For example, we had hoped to get back in the Bayview with a Kaiser grant but that fell through. We have many more opportunities to pan for our gold. Let me start by asking you this. How about a $49 gift to DOD in honor of its founder? (And if you want to add a zero or two on the end, I won't mind).


Let's put money aside and go have some fun on the dance floor! 

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

Dance Out Diabetes Founder and Volunteer 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).