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On the Dance Floor...
ABBA-licious Beginning Hustle
Staying Healthy to Prevent Diabetes Complications

This is the last in the monthly series focusing on lifestyle choices that help you maximize your health with diabetes.

The series is written by Barbara Quinn, MS, RD, CDE. 

Thanks, Barbara for all your columns!

You can find
DOD Hits 10 Million!


American Profile

Dance Out Diabetes had a full-paged, featured article in American Profile, the 4th largest national publication. Millions of people have seen what we do! Our phones have been ringing off the hook with many people wanting DOD in their community. For those that have experienced the joy on our dance floor, you know why this has struck a chord.

Click Here for the full story.


ABBA-licious Beginning Hustle
 this Saturday 12/14/13.
NOTE: New START TIME 3-5 pm 
(this month only)!
(Download flyer & share with others HERE) 

Hustle is a type of disco dance which was popular in the 1970s. It is a partner dance done in ballrooms and nightclubs to disco music, having features in common with swing dance. Emily Coles is an internationally award-winning dancer with type 1 diabetes. She joins us again to teach a Beginning Hustle class with exciting moves that are broken down and easy to learn. Tons of ABBA music will be provided for you to practice your new moves. You don't need to bring a partner. Did you hear ABBA might be getting back together? DOD sends them a tribute with hopes they will! 

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



 You can also email Theresa  at tgarnero@  danceoutdiabetes.org or  call 1-877-765-4386 to say                                you plan to attend. 


Please arrive promptly at 3 p.m. for check-in (or 3:15 if you are not doing the health screening). Bring water, a snack if needed, and comfortable shoes.


And if you can't make it to the studio, dance along with us LIVE from the comfort of your home


on Saturday to join us virtually! 

Why not invite a friend?

Did you get your 2014 postcard?
We will continue on with our dances in 2014 every second Saturday from 1-3 p.m. The African American Art & Culture Complex continues to partner with us and we are so very grateful for the wonderful dance studio space. We have some new dances and instructors this year - even a flash mob event!
The 2014 dance schedule is in!
View the postcard here:  
Would you prefer us to send you a stack of postcards to help us get the word out? 
Contact Theresa: 1-877-765-4387 or email all the details to tgarnero@danceoutdiabetes.org. 
We are looking for volunteers to distribute the postcards locally in San Francisco. Please contact Michelle Barth if you are interested: mbarth@danceoutdiabetes.org 
Volunteers Needed for Hydration & Snacks

It is important for participants at our monthly dances to stay hydrated while having fun on the dance floor. Dance Out Diabetes is looking for a volunteer or two to donate and bring water bottles and healthy snacks for participants at our monthly dances. If you are interested, please contact Michelle Barth at mbarth@danceoutdiabetes.org
Hello DOD fans!
As the year begins to wind down, I am filled with a sense of accomplishment for all our DOD family has done and all we are about to do. Trust me - we have big things up our sleeves. Many organizations are interested in our work. We are exploring partnerships, small and very large, to expand what we are doing. As these become more concrete, I will update you. Be assured, we will have other locations in addition to our San Francisco based event in 2014. I can't wait to assess our program effectiveness after the dance on Saturday.
Few random updates to share since our last dance:
1. American Profile - can I get a "wow"? They interviewed me last year, so it was a complete shock when mom - yes, mom called to say it was in the Monterey Herald! Sweeeeet. Hi mom!
2. I gave a lecture about DOD at Fremont's Washington Hospital Healthcare System. (I am the former Director of Diabetes Services there and enjoyed connecting with old friends and meeting new ones, too. Many people want a DOD in Fremont. Some are even willing to make the BART ride on up to our event.) We are looking at the best way to scale up our model. Thank you, Washington Hospital, for the sponsorship and to new DOD participants! 
3. Did you see the NY Times article, "Is Alzheimer's Type 3 Diabetes?" by Mark Bittman? This is a hot topic of discussion within diabetes professional communities as well. The good news is dancing improves memory. I'm not saying eat a Kit Kat and dance away your Alzheimer risk... :)
4. It is that time of year to ask for support. This is hard to do. As the Executive Director, I just want to bring people together to dance. For us to expand services, our Board of Directors are reaching out to their circle of support to ask for help. We are primarily a volunteer based organization, so your tax-deductible donations go far at DOD. So, I extend a very sincere thank you to all of our generous donors. You are the angels of our organization right along side those that give the gift of time. Our goal is to raise $15,000 before the end of the month. We are about half way there!
5. The American Diabetes Association published my masterpiece, "Your First Year with Diabetes". This is the second edition, completely overhauled and I am totally pumped about all it has to offer. There is a shout out to DOD within it. It's also available on Amazon which has a thorough description. I expect author copies to arrive any day now and can sign a copy for you ($15 in person at the dance, or $20 if I need to mail it). This may seem odd to people who don't know me. I am not getting rich off of the books. It took over a year to write (without pay as I will get royalties with sales). Plus, I donate thousands of hours to DOD, so should Oprah pick it up and it goes ballistic, I can do more with DOD. I'm sharing the great resource as an FYI. Those who already have copies, I'd appreciate your online or in person reviews! It is for people with type 2 and type 1. Email me with any questions.
6. DJ Charis sends her love. 
7. Our health is wealth, and our friends and family are icing on the cake. Let's enjoy the gifts we've been given starting with the community of DOD on the dance floor, Saturday - when?
3 PM. The AAACC had another event so we can't get in until 3. This month only.
TG headshot
Let's do more than talk about it - 

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

Founder and Volunteer Executive Director 
Want to do the right thing for your body or support someone with prediabetes or diabetes (type 1 and 2, LADA)? Feel like smiling while being active and not mess up your hair?  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).