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On the Dance Floor...
60s & 70s Dance Party with DJ Charis
Diabetes in
Real Life 
This series is written by Paula Ford-Martin, MA and covers useful tips and helpful ways to manage diabetes.

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60s & 70s Dance Party with DJ Charis this Saturday 
10/11/14, 1-3 p.m.!
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Join DJ Charis in an exciting afternoon of dancing to music from the 1960s & 1970s! Hear hits from bands such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Donna Summer, the BeeGees, and K.C. & the Sunshine Band. Feel free to wear your best 60s/70s attire to this dance party. If you are not in the mood to dress up, no worries - just come!

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.  

Tai Chi as Dance with Arnel Valle 
In case you missed this moving class held 8/9/14, you can check it out on our YouTube channel! Arnel is special. Thanks again for the recommendation, MGT.

Dance Out Diabetes: Tai Chi as Dance with Arnell Valle! 8/9/14

Volunteer to 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!
Important Announcement  

Dear DOD family,

It is with difficulty that I write to share that the Board of Directors have decided to transition our organization and hold our last dance this December. 

Running the monthly event since 2010 has been a blessing as we have witnessed the impact it has had on you and your families; it also takes tremendous effort. 

What may seem like a simple dance with diabetes screening takes hours every week to manage. Many of you know I work full-time at UCSF in the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes and that the separate entity of Dance Out Diabetes was an idea I had many years ago. With the help of fellow Board of Directors, several friends, dedicated volunteers, individual donors and a couple of grants, we molded this idea and made the dream a reality. 

Monthly activities include securing instructors and organizing music, ordering and preparing equipment, communications with social media and newsletters, maintaining our website, staffing, entering outcome data, paying bills, preparing reports and submitting financial reports to name a few. We have not been able to identify individuals or an organization willing to carry on our innovative idea. The likely reason is that we have very limited resources and a volunteer-based staffing model. Also, it is difficult to secure funding in today's non-profit environment especially given the fact we serve all types of diabetes (along with your family and support systems). We do not fit into a nice diabetes box as we work on prevention and management. Most funders only want only one of those components.

We have significant outcomes which will be analyzed at the end of the year so we can craft an article for publication consideration. But beyond the data your smiles say it all.

I marvel at the coincidence of having just turned 50 as we hold our 50th class this Saturday. I am reflecting on all that we have accomplished. I thank you for allowing me to be a remote part of your journey and hope that Dance Out Diabetes has helped your health in some way.

So let's go get our groove on for the next 3 months and celebrate our time together on the dance floor. 

Warm regards,


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

Founder and 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).