Why Do You Ride: Lauren Carlson

Lauren Carlson, the Strategic Development Chair of the YPLC, shares why she is riding this year in the Twin Cities Tour de Cure. See you this Saturday, May 30th for Tour! Why are you riding?

Why I Ride: Sean Finn, YPLC Chair

This week’s video highlights why Sean Finn, the Chair of the YPLC, is riding the Twin Cities Tour de Cure for the first time this year! The YPLC is looking forward to Tour. Only 11 days away!

ARKRAY Discusses Diabetes Care on: The Corporate Review with Donald Trump Jr.

ARKRAY’s president, Jonathan Chapman, discusses diabetes care, prevalence and how ARKRAY can partner with customers to help people manage their diabetes on: The Corporate Review with Donald Trump Jr.

This video can originally be found at http://arkrayusa.com/diabetes-management/about/community.

I Ride Because…

Hi again from the Young Professional Leadership Council (YPLC)! Over the next few weeks until the Twin Cities Tour de Cure, check out individual’s stories about why they choose to put so much time and effort to ride in Tour.

This week’s video is from yours truly, Lauren Evans. This will be my first year riding in Tour and I am so excited! Check the video out for all the reasons I am choosing to ride.

– Lauren Evans
YPLC Marketting Committee

Eat Wings. Raise Funds. It Pays

Hey Everyone! It’s the YPLC here today. We wanted to share some exciting news we have… We’ve teamed up with the Eagan Buffalo Wild Wings to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association! On May 13th, 2015 starting at 11:00am let your server know you’re here for the ADA fundraiser and 10% of all pre-taxed sales will be donated to the ADA.

Enjoy delicious food while supporting an awesome cause!

*Must be at the Eagan location:
1280 Promenade Place
Eagan, MN 55121Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser

The History of the Twin Cities Tour de Cure

Hey all! My name is Brad Masson and I’m a member of the marketing committee for the YPLC. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be promoting a series of posts highlighting the Tour de Cure, the spirit and cause of the ride itself, and the amazing individuals who make the Tour what it is. I’m honored to be writing about a great cause, and as such I hope you enjoy reading this and what’s further to come!

10474891_600567413375240_3341306739644391807_nThe Tour de Cure is a staple of the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to promote awareness of diabetes. Being relatively new to the YPLC and ADA as well as being close to our own Tour de Cure date, I set out on a task to find and research the Tour de Cure, its origins and its impact on our community.

The first Tour de Cure was held in the Napa Valley area of California in 1991, and soon thereafter Tours began to sprout up all across the nation. The Tour de Cure was first introduced to Minnesota in Rochester, and in 1993 the Twin Cities area started their own Tour de Cure which along with Rochester’s continues to this day. The first Twin Cities Tour was planned by just 10 members and saw 280 riders and 150 volunteers show up to the Lake Phalen area to brave dismal rainy conditions. Over the years, the Twin Cities Tour has continued to grow, moving from Lake Phalen to Minnehaha Falls and introducing new routes to ride along the way. This year we expect to see 2000 riders and 500 volunteers participate. With the increase in size comes an increase in donations. In 2010, $330 thousand dollars was raised to contribute to help find a cure, and in 2014, that amount had been raised to $910 thousand dollars. This year, we are on track to cross $1 million in total donations!

One of the highlights of the Tour de Cure is that of the Red Riders. The origins of the Red Riders can be traced to Denver, Colorado from a single question. Attending and riding in her local Tour de Cure, Mari Ruddy simply asked how can one tell which riders have diabetes? In 2007, Ruddy along with friends Sandria Barrett and Marcey Robinson founded and introduced the Red Riders for the Denver Tour de Cure, and the idea spread outwards to other Tours as well. Wearing their signature red jerseys, they can be found throughout every Tour’s course and help to signify one’s courage to control and overcome diabetes.

As we approach May 30th, I’m looking forward to being a part of something much bigger than myself. I give my best regards to the riders and their training, and I hope to see you all out there, whether it’s riding or volunteering, and may we continue to grow on this history for years to come.

You can visit the YPLC’s Tour page here as well as the Twin Cities Tour de Cure page here

Brad Masson, YPLC Marketing Committee

Twin Cities Tour 100 Mile Rider: Meet Tim Rued!

Hello! My name is Lauren Evans and I am a part of the Marketing Committee for the YPLC. The Tour de Cure is less than 40 days away! Whether you are preparing to ride or cheer from the sides, the excitement is building! Today I bring you a special conversation between myself and Tim Rued, who is living with Type 1 diabetes, soon-to-be third year veteran of the Tour de Cure. Not only that, but he rides the 100 miles during the Tour!

TimLauren: Hi Tim. Thank you so much for joining me today! Can you share a little bit about your connection to diabetes and the American Diabetes Association?

Tim: My connection to the Tour de Cure occurred out of curiosity. I attended an organized Spin Class event at Lifetime Fitness and there was a booth with people signing up. I took a flyer and thought about it and then decided to get involved.

Lauren: How many Tours have you ridden in?

Tim: The 2015 Tour will be my third year of riding.

Lauren: How do you prepare, both physically and mentally, for riding such a long distance?

Tim: I prepare physically by attending spin classes on a regular basis throughout the winter so I am prepared to ride outdoors in early spring. One of the challenges with riding 100 miles so early in the season is getting enough mileage in on the bike outdoors due to the unpredictable and cool spring weather. I push it pretty hard early in the spring and begin riding out doors as soon as there is no longer ice on the roads. I ride in temps down into the high 30’s but draw the line. If it is raining (or snowing) I move indoors to spin class. I progressively work my way up to riding 200 – 250 miles a week, two weeks prior to the event, then I taper off by about 25% on mileage the last week before the ride.
In terms of the mental preparation, for me it is a matter of focusing on all of the positives about the ride. I divert my attention to the outdoor surroundings, fellowship with my riding partners and teammates, enjoying the rest stops. I try my best to take my mind off any negatives like pain because there will be some of that to endure. I have done some pretty extreme events in the past including a half-iron man triathlon and many road running races up to marathon distance so have developed some mental toughness and a fairly high pain tolerance over the years.

Lauren: What is a challenge of bike riding 100 miles with Type 1 Diabetes?

Tim: The biggest challenge is preventing my blood sugar from dropping too low. The most important thing I have found that works for me is to take only my basal insulin and no regular insulin the day of the ride. Another thing that helps a lot is to practice eating and drinking consistently on long training rides; using the same drinks, energy bars, gels, food and supplements, as I will during the event. For the event, I bring my own food and bypass most of what is at the rest stops to avoid stomach problems. It is also crucial to drink lots of fluids during the ride. I generally consume eight to ten 24-ounce bottles of water and Gatorade over the 7 hours. An important rule to follow is to drink before you get thirsty and at before you get hungry.

Lauren: Why do you ride?

Tim: The question for me is why wouldn’t I ride! I am totally invested in this event and fundraising because selfishly enough I want to be cured, I want to see my diabetic family and friends be cured, and I want to live in a world where diabetes is a thing of the past!

A huge thank you to Tim for taking the time to answer these questions. Good luck to him and all the other riders at the Tour de Cure this year!

You can find Tim’s Tour de Cure page here.
Check out the Young Professional Leadership Council’s page here.

Lauren Evans, YPLC Marketing Committee

Save the Date: Get Fit, Don’t Sit!

The American Diabetes Association wants you to join us on May 6, 2015 for the inaugural National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day!

Spreading the news about moving more to help fight diabetes has never been easier. Here are six quick ways you can act today to get others involved:

  1. Mark the date. Do it. Open your calendar, wherever you keep it in the cloud, on your desktop, in Outlook or on the refrigerator, and save May 6 as “Get Fit Don’t Sit” day.
  2. Download the e-Toolkit. This kit is packed with healthy ideas to get your organization, community or family out of the chair and moving on the day, but also every day. With plenty of  tools and tips, there is something for everyone.
  3. Get organized. Call a meeting at your company and ask for volunteers to help engage their work teams. Volunteers can help to print posters, revise the template e-mail to employees about the day and plan a few events.  Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is scalable to fit what works best for your company. You decide how to best celebrate the day, based on your corporate culture.
  4. Take the pledge. Commit to get your company up and moving at least every 90 minutes. Take the pledge and your company will be recognized via social media and published on the event website.  Plus, we would love to hear how your company plans to participate in the day.
  5. Share the news. Place a banner graphic on your Intranet or external websites. Post a blog about why your company is participating in the Get Fit Don’t Sit day. Include the Get Fit Don’t Sit logo and links in messages to your end users and partners. Make sure to use the hashtag #GetFitDontSit
  6. PREP TO STEP: Participate in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes®  by forming a team.  Use a company-wide walking challenge leading up to the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes as a way to motivate participants and encourage healthier behaviors. Host a “walk around the building” and use the opportunity to invite employees to join the company Step Out team.

    If you have any questions or need any guidance from us as to how to best bring the National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day to life at your company, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Make sure to post pictures to our Facebook page and share your successes with the day.

Young Professional Leadership Council Kickoff

YPLCToday I am here from the American Diabetes Association’s Young Professional Leadership Council (YPLC)! Who are we? We are young professionals helping with the movement to Stop Diabetes. Our volunteer leaders have the opportunity to work together as a team to lead key fund raising, strategic partnerships, events, advocacy, community engagement, and developing an effective volunteer base.

I’m excited to announce our new series, “I ride because…” Watch out for our weekly articles in anticipation for the Tour de Cure! With this series you will hear about what it’s like to ride the 100 miles (the longest distance at the Tour!), the History of the Tour and of course, personal stories talking about why riders ride in the Tour. We can’t wait to share with you!

Want to know more about the YPLC or have questions? Feel free to email the YPLC at ada.yplc.mn@gmail.com.

Lexi Walz, YPLC Marketing Chair

Meet the 2015 Duluth Walk Ambassador

BrittaBritta is your All-American first grader. She is smart, artistic, athletic and a good friend to others. Britta excels at math, loves to read and enjoys music.  She takes every pottery and craft class that is offered at school.  Britta does gymnastics year around and the seasonal sports of softball, soccer, and basketball.  She attends birthday parties nearly every weekend.  However there is one thing that makes her different than all the other first graders at her school…she is a type 1 diabetic.

Our family’s way of life changed three years ago when Britta was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic. She was just a week shy of her fourth birthday.  Her health was fine except for her extreme thirst and frequent urination.  We feel we caught it early as her blood glucose was at 330 and there were no other complications.  We had some textbook knowledge of diabetes but no experience of knowing anyone close to us with the disease.

Hello carb counting.  We had never read labels or dieted to even know about carbs.  Now every meal consisted of nutritional values and carb counting.  We even travel with a scale in the van for the DQ Blizzards, a measuring cup for pasta and are constantly searching on the iPhone for nutritional facts when eating out.  Sadly, eating at home has become the more convenient option.

Britta had a rough few days at first with all the shots and poking, but quickly adjusted to her new normal. She now is able to test herself and record the information on her daily log sheet.  Britta now reads labels and can navigate her pump with parental supervision.  She does an amazing job of eating balanced meals and having self-control with high sugar foods.  Britta even went to her first day camp, Camp Sweet Life, for diabetes in Mankato.  She left the camp with more confidence and knowledge of living with diabetes as well as several friends who were just like her.

Britta has two younger siblings, Brooke (4) and Bryce (2 1/2).  Neither one is diabetic, although the fear is there. When they ask for a drink during the night or complain of a headache, we squash those fears with a quick finger poke and blood sugar test.  Her siblings are very aware of diabetes.  Brooke often helps with getting the test kit and helping out during emergency lows.  Bryce likes to be a big helper by holding Britta’s hand during site changes.  Diabetes is a family affair.

Britta’s third year of doing the walk is special, as she was named the 2015 Ambassador. Originally, what made her want to do the walk, was reading about the diabetic sisters who were previous Ambassadors. We agreed that it would be good for her to meet others who have diabetes just like her.

On the way home from the walk we started brainstorming ways to raise more money for the following year. We decided to use our family business, Duluth Granite Works, to raise money by offering customers a discount on their purchase if they made a donation To Stop Diabetes.  Britta did a commercial with us for the fundraising campaign.  We were surprised and touched by the stories customers brought and the money we raised.  We hope for another successful year for Britta and everyone else affected by diabetes.

We invite you to walk with us at the Miller Hill Mall on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for the Step Out: Walk to STOP Diabetes! With your help we can reach the Walk’s goal of $66,000! Create your own team or walk as an individual by registering online at www.diabetes.org/duluthstepout or contact Jackie Reding at the ADA office at jreding@diabetes.org or 763-593-5333 ext. 6598.