Tasty Tip Tuesday: Traditional Pizza!

Craving pizza, but think you can’t have a slice? Today, we are sharing a healthier version of the classic pizza recipe!




  • 1 7 – inch whole wheat pizza crust, such as Mama Mary’s brand
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 roma tomato, sliced
  • 2 ounces shredded cooked turkey or chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (1 ounce), such as Alouette brand
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil


  1. Brush pizza crust with oil. Top with spinach, tomato, turkey, red onion, and goat cheese. Bake following directions on crust package.
  2. To serve, sprinkle with basil.


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Get Moving Monday Tip: 10 minutes of physical activity!

shutterstock_170540282Find it difficult to get moving on Mondays? Well, just 10 minutes of physical activity, like a brisk walk, can be beneficial! How will you get moving today?






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Walk to Stop Diabetes


Find a walk near you to get involved in Step Out 2014! Today, there is one in Fairfax, Virginia!


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Walk to Stop Diabetes


Weekends are an opportunity to get active! Step Out Walks are happening every weekend in November, all over the country! Charlotte, North Carolina is one city holding a walk to kick off the beginning of the month!


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November is American Diabetes Month! 


This year, the theme of the American Diabetes Association campaign is America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes. In support of the American Diabetes Association, we will providing daily information and posts that mirror that support their campaign.  Each week you will find the following daily topics during the month of November.  We will also include links and resources that we think will help those living with diabetes.  We hope you will take a quick look each day and show your support!

Get Moving Monday- Easy tips each to help you get moving and keep up an active lifestyle all week.shutterstock_106217900

Tasty Tip Tuesdays – Taking a traditional recipe and substitute certain ingredients for healthier options without losing the taste.

What’s Cooking Wednesdays – Sharing recipes that represent a healthy side dish, appetizer or dessert that can be part of a holiday meal.

Get Together Thursdays - Encouraging people to get together with your friends and family around healthy cooking activities.

Fact Check Friday – Post a question to test what you know and encourage you to share it with their friends, family and/or co-workers.

Weekend Challenge to Stop Diabetes – Using the weekend as an opportunity to get active and help raise funds to Stop Diabetes.



America, let’s gets cooking to stop diabetes!

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Wish You Were Here!

shutterstock_192421106Are you planning on going on a trip? Maybe you are visiting a local treasure or entering new territory across the country or around the world! No matter the destination, your diabetes should not prevent you from traveling! With a little planning that focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle while visiting new places, you can ensure to have a wonderful time!

shutterstock_192421478They say less is more, but when it comes to your meds, over-pack! Bring at least twice as much as you’ll need for good measure. Be prepared for the unexpected, like travel delays or misplacing your medication. In addition, be sure to keep those medications and other supplies handy, whether traveling by car or plane. Stash away some snacks for your journey! In case of delays on the highway or runway, you can quickly treat low blood sugar. This is a good idea in case you cannot get a snack or your flight does not serve food. Staying hydrated is also very important, especially if traveling during the summer months. Carrying a water bottle with you is not a bad idea to help stay hydrated!

Keep in mind time differences while traveling, especially if you take insulin shots! Crossing time zones is confusing, so remember eastward travel means a shorter day, while westward travel means a longer day. Be sure to keep track of shots as well as meals while traveling.

Go wherever your heart desires! Keep in mind, you take your diabetes with you wherever you go, so take your self-care too.  Hopefully, these helpful tips will aid in having a fun experience wherever your travels take you! traveling-withdiabetes_large[1]  

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1 in 4 Veterans Has Diabetes – Could You Be The 1?

shutterstock_16665385Are you or someone you love one of our nations proud veterans of military service?  If you are, there is some information you might like to know about veterans and their unusually high incidence of diabetes. As a group, veterans are at a much higher risk of developing diabetes than the general population. Approximately 1 in 4 veterans, or 25%, has diabetes according to the Veterans Health Administration. Almost all are Type 2 diabetics which means they developed diabetes as an adult.  In the general US population people living with diabetes is about 8%.  So why are veterans three times more likely to have diabetes?

Aside from lifestyle and family history, there are several reasons why this may be true.  The first is simple.  The average age of a veteran is older than the general US population.  58 is the average age of a veteran compared to 37.5 in the general population. Being over 45 is one factor in developing diabetes but there are others as well.

There are three other simple explanations for why veterans have a higher incidence of diabetes; being male, obesity and smoking. Men develop diabetes more than women at a ratio of 3:2.  Men also make up 97%of our former military. As a result, there is a greater number of veterans with diabetes because there are so many more men. Obesity is also a well-known risk factor for developing diabetes.   Nearly 70 % of our veterans are overweight.  shutterstock_1520719Lastly, smoking. Approximately 32%, or 1 in 3 veterans, are smokers. Rates are even higher among deployed members of the military where a staggering 50% smoke.

There is one last, lesser known, possible explanation for greater numbers of diabetics among our veterans.  It specifically relates to those who served in Vietnam and that is Agent Orange. In 2001 diabetes became listed as a presumptive condition for vets who served in Vietnam. If you served in the country of Vietnam and later were diagnosed with diabetes the VA presumes that Agent Orange may have been a contributing factor.  This based on a study at the National Academy of Sciences that showed a higher than expected correlation between diabetes and dioxin exposure. More Vietnam veterans are being compensated for diabetes than for any other medical condition, including post-traumatic stress disorder, hearing loss or injuries.shutterstock_17555125

Today, the VA provides health benefits to nearly 1.5 million veterans living with diabetes. With so many of former members of the military diagnosed as diabetic, the price tag for their care is very high.  Care for diabetics is about 4% of the VAs overall budget and 28% of their pharmacy budget.  It costs about one and half billion dollars a year to care for veterans with diabetes. This number has increased dramatically and has nearly doubled in the last 10 years.  Diabetes is a more common problem for our veterans than many people realize.

Could you or someone you love be one of the millions of veterans living with diabetes?Sharing this information is important.  If you are concerned about the possibility of being diabetic, be sure to see a doctor.  The evidence is overwhelming that left untreated, diabetes can result in other secondary medical problems like blindness, cardiovascular diseases and kidney problems.  Fortunately, diabetes is treatable but catching it early is key to successful care and management.

As we look ahead to Memorial weekend,  it is with great pride and gratitude that we honor all our veterans of military service.  It is a time to reflect on the service and contribution of millions of Americans.  For all that they have done, our veterans deserve to be happy…. and well.

For more information visit the websites below or contact your local VA






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