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58 Dances Down, 2 to Go

In case you haven't heard, Dance Out Diabetes is going into an inactive state after the September dance so we will not charge for the remaining dances. 


Looking back on all the dances we have put together over the years is a wonderful feeling. It all started with an idea to put something in place that addresses the need to prevent and manage diabetes, and have fun, and bring the community together. The best model for community medicine was born!


Some of you have been there from the start when we launched our first dance at the Metreon in a room that was way too big on World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2010, and when we had our stint over at the Harvey Milk Center, and when we found our home at the AAACC. We have stashed the clinic boxes in Board of Directors' closets, and dragged them down and up many stairs time and time again. We held many meetings over the years with the board to get us this far. We organized our volunteers for each dance. We asked many of you for financial support. Many of you stepped up to the plate and helped whether with time, talents, donations or all three.


I hope you have enjoyed the positive experience of combining music and dance with access to diabetes educators. It has been a personal and professional highlight of my life, and I am grateful to have had your involvement.


Please join us at our last dance next month. We will reactivate incentives at the September dance IF we have any money in reserves that we can offer back to you.


P.S. This month's dance is dedicated to MGT.


Tai Chi as Dance with Arnel Valle this Saturday, 
8/8/15, 1-3 p.m.!

Tai Chi as Dance is a style of the traditional Tai Chi forms that are popular in China and Taiwan and have recently been introduced to the U.S. It blends classic, graceful Chinese choreography with Tai Chi forms of exercise, and it contributes to goals of increasing body flexibility and strength, improving your balance, and of achieving serenity and self-confidence.

Join us with Arnel Valle 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! Participants get a FREE $277 value health screening.


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 Grace at 1-877-765-4386 or email her at grace@danceoutdiabetes.org.  

Theresa's Message

This is a bittersweet time indeed. I'm heading off to the national American Association of Diabetes Educators conference where there are several days of non-stop education on the latest in science and practice. Interesting to also have several dance venues for the participant diabetes educators. Fun, sure, but I can say that no one has done what we have! We measure the impact dance has on health.

I am grateful to all who have been a part of our DOD family over the years, feeling its positive impact first hand.

So until our last dance, which in September will be really special with the Italian folk dance called the Tarantella, I am signing off with a heavy heart but also a content one knowing all the fun we have had while working on our health.

Also, some of you may not know I'm opening a virtual private practice, meaning I do consults via phone and Skype along with talented diabetes educators. If you are interested in learning more, check out www.diabetescatalysts.com

The Diabetes Catalyst team, who customize options for well-being, is deep into developing an electronic medical record specific to this virtual diabetes education model. Now that the website is finished, I am putting final touches on various other components of the practice. If you want to be included in communications I send out occasionally about the practice, please email me at theresa@diabetescatalysts.com. I promise to give the DOD family a discount!

So for now, let's keep finding excuses to keep on dancing.

See you soon.



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).