Our calendar features events that are informative, fun or get you thinking or moving.
October – November 2014
Increasing evidence demonstrates the many benefits of nature on children’s psychological and physical well-being, including reduced stress, greater physical health, more creativity and improved concentration.
So this weekend explore the outdoors with your family. Here are some ideas for your family to get outdoors!
Whole grains are an important part of your diet and also a perfect way to go meatless! Not familiar with the variety of whole grains available? There are lots of great and versatile options. Check out this article on whole grains to find something that tickles your taste buds.
Don’t forget that whole grains are also a great way to start the day (oatmeal).
Here are a couple of recipes to get you started:
Here’s a challenge: Track how many activities and good habits you can develop during Diabetes Awareness Month. We offer a variety of all-level physical activities, new places to go, different foods to experience and a little learning for each day of the month. This is not just for people with diabetes, so enjoy this 2014 Calendar of Activities with your entire family!
Diabetes is a life-altering and life-threatening disease. People diagnosed with the disease are at greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, amputations, as well as incurring serious financial and emotional hardship.
Knowing the risks, recognizing the warning signs, and pursuing healthier eating habits and regular physical exercise, is critical to preventing diabetes or effectively managing the disease.
Lifestyle changes can be tough. So, we’re giving you an entire month of activities to get you started on the right track. Some of the regular activities include: Meatless Mondays, Take the Stairs Tuesday, Water Wednesday, Walk from the Back of the Parking Lot Thursday, and New Veggie Friday. Each weekend is dedicated to physical activity and getting outdoors.
Diabetes Awareness Month is a calendar of activities, articles, downloads, tools and cartoons as well as some links to other sites with interesting information. Each day review the activities for the day and click the links to get more information or to complete the activity.
Commit to taking Defeat Diabetes® Challenges by participating in the full month of activities. You can invite family and friends to participate too!
If you don’t have diabetes, Take the Screening Test to determine your risk for developing diabetes.
Get Outdoors! Recent studies have shown that many of us are suffering a lack of exposure to the great outdoors and children even more so. Increasing evidence demonstrates the many benefits of nature on children’s psychological and physical well-being, including reduced stress, greater physical health, more creativity and improved concentration. Places to get outdoors and things to do.
Habits (good or bad) take time to break and make. If you’ve been eating a diet laden with fat, sugar and salt you’ve got some hard habits to break and its going to take time.
Making small incremental changes is a good start and keeps you from backsliding. So, if you are used to grabbing a doughnut, bagel or muffin for your mid-morning snack begin by substituting an apple, banana, grapes or blueberries instead. Instead of those chips that are your usual late afternoon snack grab some washed and raw carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, pea pods, green beans or bell peppers.
If you can do that most days than you are on your way to creating a good new habit.
Meatless Mondays. Going meatless, even once a week may reduce your risk of chronic and preventable diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also reduce your carbon footprint and conserve fresh water and fossil fuel.
Meatless Monday Recipes from our friends at Meatless Monday
Take the Stairs Tuesday. Walking up and down the stairs is good cardiovascular exercise that’s easy to incorporate into your daily routine. So, every Tuesday, make it a habit to bypass the elevator and take the stairs in as many places as you can. When you start be sure to allow a few extra minutes so you can pace yourself.
It’s also New Fruit Tuesday – today, try the marvelous Kiwi fruit (not from New Zealand). The Kiwi’s fuzzy brown exterior certainly looks less than appealing, but it has a vibrant green interior and tastes like a cross between a strawberry and grape.
For people with diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes, regular physical activity is crucial for long term good health. So, it’s important to figure out ways to incorporate regular physical activity into your daily routine.
Walk, bike or take mass transit to work. Many of us live within a short distance of where we work. People who take mass transit to work are considered active because most commutes also require a walk from the home to the transit stop and office.
After you’ve got in a work out take a breather with these diabetes related puzzles.
Diabetes Puzzles – Crossword, Word Search and Word Jumble
Although people with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, the risk rises with age, glucose control and how long you’ve had diabetes. The highest rates of neuropathy are reported among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years. Diabetic neuropathy seem to be more common in people who have poor glucose control, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or who are overweight. Yet, you can often prevent diabetic neuropathy or slow its progress with tight blood glucose control and a healthy lifestyle.
Another easy way to add physical activity to your daily routine is to park at the back of the parking lot. Scientists have determined that you don’t need to get your physical activity in 30 minute chunks. Even a couple of minutes of activity here and there throughout the day add up!
Another advantage of walking from the back of the lot is you get a parking spot quicker and save gas not circling for a spot near the store or building entrance.
On your way back to the car – forgo your shopping cart (if you can) and add some weight bearing exercise to your routine. It’s good for your bones!