November 7, 2011
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Mexican Monday has officially filled me up for the week. Well, probably not but I feel like I could hibernate for weeks now. This past weekend with tailgating and wine nights full of yummy snacks has pushed me close to a diabetes coma. Obviously that’s a joke, but November being American Diabetes Month is as serious as a heart attack. While I am extremely thankful to have a full belly, I am equally as thankful to learn what diabetes is all about this month. Luckily I don’t have any family history, but over 79 million people in our country are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. If that doesn’t make you put down that hamburger I don’t know what will.
The America Diabetes Association has been on a mission to prevent and cure diabetes since 1940. ADA also seeks to improve the lives of those living with and affected by diabetes. ADA also has a great online resources for the public to educate themselves about Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. They also help dispel myths that are floating around about diabetes. ADA is also a much-needed shoulder to lead on when someone is first diagnosed with this disease. Diabetes doesn’t have to rule your life. You just have to know how to take it back, and the ADA helps you do that. There is also a short quiz that lets you know what your risk for developing diabetes. ADA knows that our diets play a huge role in our risk for developing the disease, so they provide heart healthy recipes. Being active also helps reduce your risk for diabetes so it’s no wonder that the ADA has the Tour de Cure, Step Out, and the School Walk for Diabetes. They have something for everyone, so there’s no more excuses. This next charity is one that I am so excited to share with you guys. Dodging Diabetes is , you guessed it, a charity dodgeball tournament that helps raise money and awareness to cure diabetes. Over the past six years DD has raised over $60,000 for the Joslin Diabetes Center. Joslin is on the front lines battling diabetes with cutting edge research and novel approaches to clinical care and education. JDC is a teaching and research affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and has been working on finding way to cure and prevent diabetes for over 100 years. The unique approach that JDC takes to solving this epidemic allows them to reach local, national, and international individuals living with diabetes. I like the way they think. Let’s hit diabetes from all sides and make sure we get rid of it for good!
American Diabetes Association Donation
Dodging Diabetes Donation
Joslin Diabetes Center Donation
So here’s to you diawhat? Obviously we know who you are but I would love to never hear your name mentioned again. You are a sneaky little disease that can sneak up on us when we least expect it. I really don’t want to thank you for anything, but you’re on my list. Yea, you know the one I mean. I guess I am thankful that you’re on the way out. Whether you know it or not.
August 9, 2011
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Oh I wanna dance with somebody! I wanna celebrate Whitney’s birthday with somebody! That’s right, your favorite Bodyguard singing is blowing out 48 candles today. She’s been a singer, an actress, and even a model back in the day. She was born in Newark, NJ around a whole slew of famous crooners like Cissy Houston, Dione Warwick, and the one and only Aretha Franklin. I’m so thankful for all the great memories I’ve made by jamming out to Whitney songs over the years. Seriously, we converted our spring break ride into Club Impala all because of Ms. Houston.
The number of charitable organizations that Whitney has worked with rivals the amount of number one hits she’s had over the years. One organization that she devotes a lot of her time to is the United Negro College Fund. Over the 67 years that the UNCF has been helping thousands of students they have propelled themselves into the top of their field. They are the oldest and most successful African-American higher education assistance program in the nation. UNCF provides over 10,000 scholarships each year through 400 different scholarship, internship, fellowships, and institutional grants for undergraduate and graduate students. UNCF also helps to raise operating funds for its 38 member colleges and increase the technology available to both students and faculty at historically black colleges and universities. They are definitely right when they say, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” UNCF has raised more than $2 billion dollars to help make sure 350,000 minds were put to good use. Whitney has also been busy over the years working with the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. The sole mission of the CDF is to raise funds to help support the care of 6,000 children and youth who are receiving care at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Aurora, CO. CDF was founded in 1977 and by 1978 the Barbara Davis Center was being built, and opened its doors to patients in 1980. Over 80% of the children who have type 1 diabetes in the entire state of Colorado are treated at BDC. For those of you who haven’t ever been to Colorado or looked at a map, Colorado is no small state and that is no small feat. The BDC is also plays a huge part in teaching and researching type 1 diabetes with state of the art technology. They also have some pretty mouth-watering recipes that I’m pretty sure anyone would love to eat!
United Negro College Fund Donation
Children’s Diabetes Foundation Donation
So here’s to you Whitney Houston! You’ve had a rough couple of years but you’re back and you should sing it from the rooftops girl! And that’s not even considering the hundreds of awards you’ve won or the 100 million records and singles you’ve sold. I will always love you, even if I can’t belt out those lyrics like you can, because you are every [charitable] woman.
January 1, 2011
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Welcome to the first Thanks4giving blog of 2011! As I sat down with my family tonight for our annual black eyed peas and collard greens New Year’s dinner, I was thankful for all the great food I’ve had over the past week. My next thought was immediately how I was gonna get back into the gym working on my fitness. Every year millions of people have the new year’s resolution to lose weight and exercise more, but what’s really important is our health.
Maybe you are gonna join Weight Watchers or call Jenny Craig in an attempt to shed a few pounds in 2011, but when’s the last time you had your cholesterol checked? The American Diabetes Association is trying to help people learn what this deadly disease is all about. Not sure if you’re at risk for diabetes? You can take this really easy and quick survey to assess your risk for developing pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. 23.6 million Americans were living with diabetes in 2007, which is almost 8% of the entire population. You may not be at risk to develop diabetes but someone you love might. You just might be the motivation they need to start the journey to a healthier life. Plus you can help support diabetes by stepping out and walking to help raise awareness of diabetes and how to live a healthier life style. You can even join Team Bret if you are Poison fan, or a Rock of Love fan like me.
20 year strong
If Lance Armstrong is more your speed than you can ride in a Tour de Cure to help support diabetes research. It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid cyclist or a beach cruiser they have routes for everyone. With Tour de Cure in 43 different states there is no excuse not to break out the bike helmet and spandex.
American Diabetes Association Donation
So here’s to you losing weight and exercising more! Even for the lucky ones out there who have a perfect bill of health it’s all about awareness. We can walk, run, ride, or swim our way to a healthier self in 2011. Getting healthy and staying that way may not be as easy as donating to the ADA but the payoff is way better than a tax deduction.