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On the Dance Floor...
Hot Hula
Diabetes in
Real Life 
This new series is written by Paula Ford-Martin, MA and covers useful tips and helpful ways to manage diabetes.

Who is Paula? 
She is a 
award-winning writer and you can find her first


 Learn what's new at DOD. Let's start with:
Hot Hula with Andrei Cobbs
 this Saturday 1/11/14, 1-3 p.m.!  
       (Download flyer & share with others HERE)   

 Hot Hula is a total body  workout inspired by  dances of the Pacific  Islands. It incorporates  easy to perform dance  movements set to the  sounds of traditional  Polynesian drum beats  fused with funky Reggae music, resulting in a  modern, hip fitness workout.

Join us at the lovely African American Art & Culture Complex located at 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Muni access & free parking).

No need to register. Just show up! You get $277 value health screening and if you dance, collect $10 in carrot cash to spend at participating farmers' markets (for kids with diabetes and all adults who participate). Health screening optional, but needed to get the carrot cash reward. We suggest a $10 donation at the door to keep this going, if you can afford.


Please arrive promptly at 1 p.m. for check-in (or 1:15 p.m. if you are not doing the health screening). Bring water, a snack if you need it, and comfortable shoes. Have a question? Call Theresa at 1-877-765-4386 or email her at tgarnero@danceoutdiabetes.org.    


We have a surprise DJ in store for you this month only. Not to be missed. Suspense!    


right-arrow-icon5.gif Not in San Francisco? Join us  virtually via live stream at 1:30 p.m. by clicking here.


New, Improved Check-in Process!  

You spoke, we listened. We have streamlined the paperwork to make the check-in process easier while improving the protection of your information. 


When you arrive, our registration volunteers will have you sign the consent to participate (like before, this will last for the year). On the back of the consent, you will be asked the usual demographic type questions... just once for the year.  :) 


You will be given a folded card (that is the size of a business card) that you will use to track your results throughout the year. It is much more portable than the previous big sheet of paper, and easier to write on. Hello!   


You will be given a random participant number to use for the whole year. That number will be written on your card along with your initials (the cover of this card is below, to see the inside of the card, come to the dance!). This is your admission card for subsequent dances.  



As you go through the different stations for height, weight, blood pressure and glucose, you will be delighted to only need a half sheet of paper that you will bring to the diabetes educators. You only need your initials and participant number on that too!


We will explain everything when you arrive. 


P.S. Volunteers - we have a revised consent outlining best practice for protecting participant health information, so you will need to sign it when you arrive. 


We look forward to your feedback as we start this new process! 
Small Steps, Big Rewards: YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program at DOD 

Did you know that with every 2.2 pounds of weight loss, people who are overweight can decrease their rate of developing type 2 diabetes by 13%? The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. This year long program starts out with 16 weekly sessions and provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group led by a trained Lifestyle Coach.


The first San Francisco session will be offered at the Embarcadero YMCA beginning January 8th at 5:00 p.m. For more information you can chat with Elizabeth Bachrad, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator as she will be at our dance. If you miss her, you can call  415-281-6702 or learn more online.  


Are you at risk? Take the risk assessment here to determine if you're eligible for the program.  


DOD is helping to prevent diabetes with dance. We are excited to collaborate with the Y.  


Volunteer 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 volunteers to donate and bring water bottles and healthy snacks for participants at our monthly dances. If you can bring to share, great!

Theresa's Message 
Several messages here to usher in the New year:

1. Video contest!

Check out the 2013 Highlights Video made by Kenzie Kujawski, our Wellness Director, and the Video made by That's Great News. Which one do you prefer? What can I say, Kenzie is a natural!

2. Fundraising efforts
A sincere thanks to everyone who pitched in small and big ways. We raised almost $10,000 - just $5,000 shy of our goal to reach out into another city this year! Donations are welcome 24/7. We can do this!

3. Nice article
Yours truly was featured in a Bay Area CBS story, written by Randy Yagi.

4. Looking ahead in 2014
-We have a great line up of dances for you.
Check out our electronic calendar page, and add our dances to YOUR electronic calendar.
-Also, we will have several new Board of Directors joining in this first quarter. You will meet them soon.
-I owe you outcome data from last year's program - stay tuned.
-We will soon decide which city to launch our second location.
-I'm truly looking forward to taking a dance class at ODC with Rosie where we can be participants. I doubt they will give us secret ID numbers. 

May the new year bring continued health and enjoyment along your path.


The dance floor is a great place to start!
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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 (all types)? Feel like smiling while being active and not mess up your hair?  Then come join the caring community of non-dancers having fun moving to music. Stay connected with us on Facebook (you don't have to have a Facebook account to read our updates).