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On the Dance Floor...
"Happy" Flash Mob!
Diabetes in
Real Life 
This series is written by Paula Ford-Martin, MA and covers useful tips and helpful ways to manage diabetes.

You can find
Vol. 1, No. 5 here.


 Learn what's new at DOD. Let's start with:
"Happy" Flash Mob with Theresa 
this Saturday 
5/10/14, 1-3 p.m.!
       (Download flyer & share with others HERE)   

Dance Out Diabetes Executive Director, Theresa Garnero, will lead us in her very own choreographed easy flash mob routine to Pharrell Williams' chart topping hit "Happy".


Join us at the 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 a $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). The health screening is optional, but it is needed to get the carrot cash reward. We suggest a $10 donation at the door, 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.  

T2 Dance Crew Launches National Campaign; Collaborated with DOD!
Now in our 4th year of serving people with all types of diabetes and including the support circle of families and friends, Dance Out Diabetes has long known the benefits of dancing for the health of it and specifically for diabetes management. Our volunteer-based model has attracted interest far and wide, the latest of which allowed a collaboration with the T2 Dance Crew. They are launching a national campaign to inspire people to use dance as a form of health-inspired exercise.  
Check out what the T2 Dance Crew and spokesperson Debbie Allen (the iconic choreographer, dancer, actress and producer) have put together.
What an honor to have our program recognized and to collaborate as such to expand the reach of its benefits.
Debbie Allen, Fik-Shun, Janette Manrara, Dr. Richard Aguilar, and your very own, Theresa Garnero. 
Can You Bring Water & Snacks to Share?

It is important 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 the dance. If you can bring to share, great! Otherwise, the water fountain is 3 floors down, so please bring water for yourself. Thanks!

Theresa's Message  
Great stuff happening at DOD:
1. T2 Dance Crew Collaboration (see above!).
2. I've got a great dance choreographed to "Happy" for you. Please do join us this Saturday. We will have so much fun, and I dare you not to be happy by the end of class. 
Our original plan was to practice the flash mob at May's dance and then get out in the community to do the flash mob in June  - but that has changed. The volunteer who offered to take this on no longer could and we didn't have an alternate. That's OK. We will enjoy the moves several times this Saturday.
3. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to livestream (YouTube blocked us because with a live event, there is not enough time for them to properly give credits to the artist played). We understand and appreciate that! We will continue to film and post the videos on our website so if you did miss a dance, or want to review, you can visit anytime.  
4. Volunteers - you will notice a reorganized way we have materials, forms and supplies for all areas (registration, check-in, BMI station, mobile clinic for the diabetes educator area and education table). Hopefully this redesigned approach will make it easier at the end of the dance and the amount of "clean-up" after the dance. Check it out, notice how equipment is organized so you can help to return it similarly, and share your thoughts. Thanks to Michelle Barth and Hanna Rifkin for recommendations on ways to improve our previous set-up.
This month brought lessons about how short life can be. May you treasure the moment and find reasons to dance!


Warm regards,


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).