January 2017 eNewsletter

January 2017 eNewsletter

 January 2017 NEWSLETTER, ISSUE 100                      Sponsored by: 
Dear DiabetesSisters , 
I am so excited to craft this message to you this month, as we are working on many projects for YOU, our community, this year. We are starting with a great webinar this month - Let's Get Organized! The Key to Successful Diabetes Management, led by Susan Weiner. It's the perfect way to start the year - please register in the link downthread.

If you live in the Washington, DC, area, and wish to connect with us in person, we are co-hosting the New Year's Health Revolution on Saturday, January 7, in Silver Spring, MD. 

We've also released another educational piece in our library on Diabetes Distress. Since diabetes and distress go hand in hand, I encourage you to click on the link on the right, read it, and share it with others you might feel can benefit from it.

We continue to recruit for our DiabetesSistersVoices research study, where we need women living with diabetes to register and share about living with diabetes. This study will help guide research for women and diabetes, a topic that needs to be in the spotlight. Please register today.

Finally, we can share that we will be hosting our Weekend for Women Conference Series again in 2017. Please mark your calendar for October 13-15, 2017, in Alexandria, VA. This is exciting, as we have lined up a great faculty to bring discussions and education on topics such as Diabetes Technology, Heart Disease, Anxiety, Laughter with Diabetes, and much much more.Registration and full details will be provided next month in a separate message, so please be on the lookout for that in your inboxes. 

Until our next communication, happy new year!
In Sisterhood,
Anna Norton, MS 
23 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes


Kick off the start of 2017 with esteemed faculty member Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year. Because life with diabetes can be overwhelming and often difficult to organize, Susan will focus on organizing your busy schedule, so you can optimize your time and improve your diabetes management.
Let's Get Organized! The Key to Successful Diabetes Management
led by Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE
Wednesday, January 18, 4pm est
All who register will be entered to win a copy of Susan's book 
The Complete Diabetes Organizer

This post is sponsored by
By Liza Resurreccion
Liza Resurreccion joined Medtronic Diabetes in 2006 as a Diabetes Clinical Manager in Philadelphia, PA, where she worked directly with patients and healthcare providers. She enjoyed training patients on insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems, helping them to achieve better diabetes management. In 2010, Liza joined the Clinical Education team at Medtronic Diabetes in Northridge, CA, providing clinical input and training strategies for our pump and CGM products.


Healthy Snacks

Finding yourself reaching for that mouth-watering cookie, sugary candy bar, or bag of greasy chips when cravings hit? Don't let hunger strikes derail your diabetes meal plan. Healthy snacks can help optimize your blood glucose control, support your overall diabetes diet, provide you with a boost of energy, and help you avoid overeating. The number of snacks you eat and when you eat them depends on your diabetes management and meal plan needs. 

Here are 5 tips for smart snacking that you may find helpful.

1. Know How Carbs Affect You: Smart snacking begins with understanding how your body reacts to insulin and carbohydrates. It's important to be aware of the type and amount of carbohydrates you're eating to avoid potentially dangerous spikes or drops in blood glucose. Carbs that may cause a larger spike in blood glucose than other carbs include high glycemic-index foods such as regular soda, candy bars, and white-flour pasta and bread. Don't forget to count the amount of carbohydrates in your snack in your overall meal plan and bolus accordingly.

2. Plan Ahead: Resist the urge to run to the nearest vending machine or stop at the nearest fast food place. Prevent hunger strikes by preparing a healthful snack to carry with you at work, in the car, in your purse, or in your bag. Not only will preparing your healthful snacks help manage your glucose levels, you'll also do good for your wallet and waistline. If easy-to-find snacks are too hard to resist, make them less readily available. Stock up on healthful options, such as raw almonds, hard boiled eggs, and blueberries, keep raw-cut vegetables in your fridge (you're more likely to grab them if they're ready to eat- try with a low-fat dip on the side), and avoid buying unhealthful snacks that are high in calories, sodium, and fat, such as chips and cookies. If there's always food around at work, prevent mindless snacking by taking a break elsewhere or eating your prepared healthy snack.


Along with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and TrustNetMD, we are gathering women's voices on questions, resources, and thoughts on relevant health topics for women and diabetes via a new website: DiabetesSistersVoices
We invite all women over the age of 18, living with all kinds of diabetes, to register to the site and begin conversations with other women on life with diabetes, share resources, and pose pressing questions about the future of healthcare as it relates to life with diabetes. These contributions will shape the future of research, to be published in a final report, and distributed to healthcare providers.

Your thoughts, questions, and resource sharing are integral to research on diabetes and women. Please register today at www.diabetessistersvoices.org.

Funding for this project was awarded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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DiabetesSisters helps to connect women living with diabetes through peer support, education, and advocacy that improves their health and quality of life.  We invite you to be part of expanding that network of sisterhood and strength by joining our new Sister Strength Monthly Giving program.


Since 2008, your dollars have allowed us to continue to grow our signature programs such as the PODS Meetup program, which reaches over 1,200 women annually, as well as maintain our online programs such as this e-newsletter and our website, which hosts over 440,000 visitors each year. Programming in 2016 and beyond will continue with existing and new programs, but we desperately need your support.


Set up your monthly gift today: Together we will build a stronger future for women with diabetes!

If you are a woman living with diabetes in the Washington, DC area, we invite you to join us on
New Year's Health
Celebrate You from Head to Toe
Saturday, January 7 
11:00am - 2:00pm 
Silver Spring, MD 

Click HERE to visit our growing library where you can download, print, and share this information.
The creation of many of these educational pieces were a result of the generous support of our Advisory Council and industry partners including AstraZeneca, BI, Center for Hope of the Sierras, Dexcom, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Lilly, Merck, MicroMass Communications, Novo Nordisk, and Regeneron.

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Arlington, VA

January 5, 7:00pm
Chattanooga, TN 
January 5, 6:30pm 


Ventura County/San Fernando Valley, CA
January 9, 6:30pm
Kern County, CA
January 11, 6:00pm

Princeton, NJ
January 11, 7:00pm
Indianapolis, IN 
January 11, 6:00pm
Greater Philadelphia, PA 
January 12, 7:00pm

Williamsburg, VA
January 17, 6:00pm

Reno, NV
January 17, 6:30pm

Denver, CO
January 18, 6:00pm 

Chesapeake, VA
January 19. 6:30pm

Jacksonville, FL
January 19, 7:00pm

January 19, 8:00pm EST 

Rochester, NY (Westside)
January 23, 6:00pm

Apex, NC
January 24, 6:00pm 


Albany/Schenectady, NY
January 24, 6:30pm

Rochester, NY (CollegeTown)
January 31, 6:30pm 
Want to learn more about  or attend a local PODS Meetup, or start a PODS Meetup where you live? Want to find out about the Virtual PODS Meetup?

Join DiabetesSisters CEO & DUnCon Faculty member, Anna Norton in Las Vegas, February 10-12, 2017, for the only peer support & psychosocial event for all adults & caregivers impacted by diabetes. Share your experiences & learn from others about living well with diabetes.



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