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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Let's do more than talk about it -
LET'S GO DANCING!
Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE
Founder and Volunteer Executive Director