October Issue
American Association of Diabetes Educators


 harvest-banner.jpg  "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

- Benjamin Franklin




Nearly 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and another 79 million have prediabetes. As we approach November, the spotlight will be on diabetes for National Diabetes Month.

Take this opportunity to promote your diabetes programs and raise awareness for diabetes and prediabetes.



Note: World Diabetes Day takes place on November 14th every year and is an official United Nations' World Day. This date was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting. He and Charles Best are credited with the discovery of insulin. - National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)





An 88 year old female participant of the National Diabetes Prevention Program admitted her initial reluctance to commit to the yearlong program. However, 16 weeks and 16 DPP sessions later, she has lost a total of 16.1 pounds (8.2 percent of her body weight). "I am thankful for sticking with the program and feel that I have got my life back!"

This participant and several others enrolled in the lifestyle change program at Martin Health System in Jensen Beach, FL have accomplished personal goals and triumphs through attending the nationally recognized DPP. Martin Health System has offered diabetes self-management education programs since October 15, 1999. The programs affiliated with Martin Health System represents the Treasure Coast area. There are currently three AADE DPP classes taught onsite at the hospital and their outpatient diabetes education office. The program is overseen by Carolynn Strom, who has a Bachelors in Psychology and has been a registered nurse since 2010. Carolynn has been working with Martin Health System as the Diabetes Education Program Coordinator for over two years and is one of the lifestyle coaches implementing the National DPP. Elizabeth McCormick is another trained lifestyle coach at Martin Health System and has instructed two classes. Elizabeth received her Bachelors in Nutritional Science and has been a registered dietitian for eight years, working primarily in the weight management field. She has been working at Martin Health System as an outpatient dietitian for the past two and a half years and recently obtained her CDE in May 2013.

Martin Health System helps participants in "changing mindsets about the fact that type 2 diabetes is a real possibility in the future, if changes are not made," stated an anonymous participant. Many have had eye-opening experiences as they learn how to track food intake including calories and fat grams, portion control, the keys to healthy eating and eating out, physical activity barriers, motivators and much more.

During one session called "Stop that Negative talk," class participants formed positive thoughts using "STOP SIGN" picture post-it techniques. Participants posted signs in various areas of their house with words of positive reinforcement. Other sessions focused on social cues and gaining knowledge of healthier options. Session eight started with participants practicing saying "NO" to their lifestyle coaches who were pretending to pressure them to eat tempting brownies. After they realized the purpose of the activity, participants were able to enjoy those delightful brownies as they learned they were a healthier option - black bean brownies! Participants had the benefit of entering their names to take part in a drawing for various prizes including gift certificates to Sports Authority, Publix grocery store, and a 30-minute massage.

These incentives aren't the only thing keeping participants motivated to attend sessions on a regular basis. Participants are noticing a turnaround in lab results. Some decreased their total cholesterol by 50 points, no longer required blood pressure medications and lowered their blood sugar levels to the normal range.

As participants proceed into the post-core phase of the program and only meet once a month, lifestyle coaches are frequently sending emails and making phone calls to provide support as participants begin to transition into long-term, healthy lifestyle habits.

Future participants can find information regarding the National DPP at Martin Health System from fliers distributed by local physicians, community members at health fairs or posted on the employee website.






Gain a sense of accomplishment, motivation, make new friends, get outdoors, and exercise! Organized walks/races are everywhere these days and can be both rewarding and exhilarating, and they often support a good cause. gives reports of over 34,000 races in all areas of the U.S.

Whether you are an advanced runner or a beginner, varying speeds (including walking) and distances are appropriate for different individual health and fitness levels. There are many sources that can provide you a training schedule. There is a saying, "Every journey begins with a single step." Take your step towards wellness today!

Below is a list of common race distances:

*5K (or 5,000 meters): 3.1 miles

*10K (or 10,000 meters): 6.2 miles

*15K: 9.3 miles

*Half-marathon: 13.1 miles

*30K: 18.6 miles

*Marathon: 26.2 miles

Take on the challenge and sign up for your first race! Try Mayo Clinic's 5K Run: 7-week training schedule for beginners.


Speaking of Challenges...

October 13, 2013 was the official race day of the Chicago Marathon featuring more than 40,000 runners around the world. Running 26.2 miles is a remarkable accomplishment for any individual, but on this day it was exceptionally special for one noteworthy person. Maickel Melamed crossed the finish line after running in the race for a whopping 16 hours and 46 minutes (most people run a marathon in about 3-5 hours).

Maickel, a Venezuelan man who suffers from muscular dystrophy, completed the Chicago Marathon around 1:30 am as hundreds of fans cheered him on.


Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disease in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage causing weakness and degeneration of the muscles.


Maickel told reporters, "The message is, 'If you dream it, make it happen.' Because your life is the most beautiful thing that could happen to you. So make the best of it."



Making an Impact:


Casey Elliot, Advocacy Coordinator for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), also finished her first marathon at The Chicago Marathon with great achievement and a rewarding experience! Casey and 10,000 other runners participating in the Chicago Marathon ran 26 miles for the 26 million individuals currently living with Diabetes. 


Chicago Team Diabetes exceeded their goal of $60,000.00 and raised a total of $68,799.56 towards the American Diabetes Association!


"With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you can help organizations doing important work in our communities, and touch the lives of those in need." - Bank of America Chicago Marathon




Goblins and ghosts, zombies and vampires, witches and the living dead. None of those seem as scary as that candy bowl, always filled with tempting "snack-sized" treats.


For those trying to be conscious of their caloric intake, the scariest part of Halloween is the lavish abundance of Halloween candy at every corner.

There are plenty of ways to keep your hands out of the candy jar and decrease the chances of derailing all the hard work you've already achieved.

Below is a list of ten expert tips recommended by WebMD Weight Loss Clinic to help avoid the Halloween goodies at home and at the office:

  1. Buy candy you don't love
  2. Out of sight, out of mind
  3. Savor one piece of favorite candy a day
  4. Chew gum
  5. Replace the candy with better choices (low in sugar, fat and salt)
  6. Move the candy jar
  7. Count the empty wrappers
  8. Take a walking break
  9. Manage your hunger
  10. Sip on a low-calorie beverage (WATER!)





That children's, plastic Jack-o'-lantern candy jar may be frightening, but pumpkins can be a great source of nutrition. It is loaded with vitamin A, high in fiber and low in calories. Pumpkin provides potassium to lower blood pressure and carotenoids, which are the raw materials for making vitamin A in the body that helps avoid cell damage.

Fiber assists in digesting food efficiently, which in return helps the body absorb nutrients from food. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, many individuals do not consume more than 15 grams of fiber each day. The high fiber content in pumpkins can help to achieve the recommended 20 to 35 grams needed each day.

So curl up in a warm blanket and enjoy the taste of fall with this decadent pumpkin soup!


Creamy Pumpkin-Apple Bisque


1 Tbsp canola oil 15 mL

1 cup diced onions 250 mL

1/2 medium Gala apple, peeled and chopped

1 can (14oz/398 mL) reduced-sodium chicken broth

1/2 of (15oz/426 mL) can solid pumpkin

2 Tbsp sugar 30 mL

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 7 mL

1/2 tsp ground cumin 2 mL

1/2 tsp salt 2 mL

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper .5 mL

1 1/2 cups fat-free half and half 375 mL

1/4 cup fat-free sour cream 60 mL



1. Heat canola oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and apple; cook 5 minutes or until onions begin to brown.

2. Place onion mixture in a blender with 1 cup (250 mL) broth. Secure lid, and puree until smooth. Return onion mixture to saucepan; add remaining ingredients, except half and half and sour cream. Bring to boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover tightly, and simmer 15 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and gradually add half and half while stirring. To serve, spoon equal amounts of soup into four shallow bowls and top with dollops of sour cream.


Flavorful tip: Adding the apple while browning the onion brings out the sugars of the apple and richly brown the onions quickly.


Yield: 4 servings

Serving size: 1cup (250 mL)

Per Serving:




635 mg

Total Fat

5 g


26 g

Saturated Fat

1 g


3 g


5 m


6 g


 "The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen: Fresh, Fast and Flavorful Recipes Made with Canola Oil" from the American Diabetes Association and"






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National Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to bring to communities evidence-based lifestyle change programs for preventing type 2 diabetes.



About the AADE: 

Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education.  With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a far reaching network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. To learn more go to:




Be sure to continually look for updates regarding the National Diabetes Prevention Program on both the AADE and CDC websites:


AADE DPP Website:


  CDC Website:



American Association of Diabetes Educators
200 W. Madison Street, Suite 800 | Chicago, Illinois 60606
Phone: 800/338.3633 | Fax: 312/424.2427
2013 American Association of Diabetes Educators


This newsletter was supported by the Cooperative Agreement number 1U58DP004519-01 from The Centers for Diabetes Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of AADE and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.





















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