First Halloween with Diabetes

Here is a great video of a family who has a 9 year old that is experiencing her first Halloween as a diabetic. Take a look as you prepare for this upcoming trick-or-treat season with the kids.


Back to School as a Diabetic

It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping, shopping needs to be done for new clothes and supplies. Children and parents alike are getting prepped to head back to school for the new academic year. As different as life gets with the new routine, parents of children with diabetes have an entirely different set of challenges to face. Here’s a great article about Heading Back to School with Diabetes with helpful tips. Below are just a few examples:

    • Take action. Notify the school right away that your child has diabetes. Share your child’s medical information and provide up-to-date emergency contact numbers.
    • Work with your child’s health care team to develop a “Diabetes Medical Management Plan.” This plan contains the medical orders for your child. It should be signed by the health care team and submitted to the school nurse at the start of each school year. An updated plan is needed if there are changes in your child’s diabetes care plan during the year. A sample plan is included in the NDEP School Guide.
    • Meet with the school nurse to go over your child’s school health care plans. The school nurse will use the medical orders to prepare your child’s routine and emergency diabetes care plans at school. You can find samples of these plans in the School Guide.
    • Provide the school with all supplies, medicines, and items needed to carry out your child’s health care and emergency plans. This includes blood sugar(glucose) testing items, supplies for taking insulin (IN-suh-lin) and urine and blood ketone testing, snacks, quick-acting glucose products, and a glucagon (GLOO-kuh-gon) kit.
    • Be an active member of the school health team. The School Guide includes action plans for all school personnel, and for you and your child to work together to manage diabetes care at school. Go over these checklists with your child so both of you can work as a team with school staff throughout the school year.

As we all get ready to get into our new routines for the school year, we want to say good luck and we hope for great grades!

Video: 7 Things You Can Do To Lose Weight Naturally

Summer is a great time to be active. If a more active and healthy lifestyle is your goal, but you don’t know where to start, take a look at the video below for 7 things you can do to lose weight naturally, and have a better chance of keeping the weight off.

Start Small, Just Make Sure You Start

If is tough sometimes to get going on a workout plan. There are many reasons why life can get in the way, but we shouldn’t allow that to be the case anymore. Start small, start with stretching. Check out this clip to help to guide you into better health.


Warmer Weather and Longer Sun Mean More Active Days

Check out this great video from YouTube about taking a short walk after eating, and what it can do for health.


Valentine’s Day for a Diabetic

Aside from hearts and roses, what else comes to mind with Valentine’s day? That’s right, it’s chocolate. Do you have diabetes? That doesn’t mean that you still can’t enjoy all that Valentine’s day has to offer. There are great diabetic recipes like Angel Pecan Cupcakes, and Baked Vanilla Custard. Learn more about these and other great snack ideas at the link above. Most importantly, enjoy the day!

Thanksgiving Meals for Diabetics

Whether you or someone you know has diabetes, you understand the greater importance to eating right to help and control the disease. You never want to have someone missing out on the family fun. Thankfully, we’ve heard about people doing this a time or two.

Here’s a great article from Yahoo News about Cooking for a diabetic at Thanksgiving that has great tips and recipes for all parts of the meal including the appetizer, the main entree, and of course, dessert. Here is a short portion of the article:

Diabetic-Friendly Thanksgiving Appetizers

A diabetic should be snacking on a little something every few hours to keep blood sugar levels in check. It would not be wise to attempt to fast the whole day leading up to the big meal. This could result in your blood sugar dropping too low and leave you feeling lethargic and dizzy. Instead, aim to incorporate snacks with protein, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats every few hours.