Delta Dental of MN: Diabetes & Oral Health

Check out this great video provided by our sponsor Delta Dental of Minnesota.

At Delta Dental of Minnesota, they support initiatives that promote oral health education and, in turn, improve the overall health and vitality of our community. Go to Delta Dental’s website for more great information regarding health and dental care.

A Simple, Gluten Free Summer Recipe!

Hi everyone! Lauren here from the YPLC. Are you loving summer as much as I am? The sun, the fresh air, being with family and friends, and the delicious summer food… Today, I’m bringing you a fresh summer recipe for chicken salad. It’s also gluten free! Try this recipe out, make some chicken salad sandwiches and bring them to the beach! YUM! :)

Moderation, Balance, and Variety

As a Registered Dietitian I often get asked the infamous question, “Which diet should I follow to help me lose weight?” The questions may be phrased differently depending on the season, such as “how do I get a beach bod” or “how do I lose those extra holiday pounds.” I find that generally everyone is focused around one simple yet ever so complicated question; “Is there a correct way to eat so I can look and feel my best?”

The answer, however, is not so simple. Many factors play into dietary needs such as: gender, age, metabolism, activity, and stress, just to name a few. Eating right is different for everyone and in the age of fad diets and conflicting information, I have a little saying I like to stand by.

Written by a Registered Dietitian, Ellyn Satter lays out normal eating in a way that I think is most appropriate. Straying from percentages, calories, or macronutrients, the focus is more around the three words I like best: moderation, balance and variety.

Here is a little food for thought (pun intended) on what normal eating means to me.

“Normal eating is being able to eat when you are hungry and continue eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it- not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to use some moderate constraint in your food selection to get the right food, but not being so restrictive that you miss out on pleasurable foods. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is three meals a day, most of the time, but it can also be choosing to munch along. It is leaving some cookies on your plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful when they are fresh. Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. It is also under-eating at times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.

In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your emotions, schedule hunger, and your proximity to food. – Ellen Satter RD

Although often sought after, there is no perfect or scientific way to eat. So whether you find yourself trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain a healthy lifestyle, remember that all foods can serve a purpose and can fit into your everyday eating habits.

Lauren Carlson

Camp Sioux: North Dakota Diabetes Camp

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Hello everyone! Lauren Evans here, from the YPLC Marketing Committee. I have just returned from my fourth summer working at the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sioux in Park River, North Dakota. I’m here to share with you a small glimpse into life at Camp Sioux.

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As you look around at Camp Sioux, you may see anything from campers singing the Boogaloo and eating smunchies for evening snack, to intense games of Gaga and cabin groups having cat parties. Camp Sioux is an amazing second home for children living with diabetes to create lifelong bonds, try new things, and most importantly, have fun in a safe environment with others dealing with similar challenges! Camp Sioux, with the support of the Grand Forks Kiwanis Club, was founded in 1952 by E.A. Haunz, M.D. This summer camp is for children ages 8 to 14 living with diabetes. Two one-week sessions are held at Park River Bible Camp in Park River, ND. Campers have the opportunity to participate in activities such as the climbing tower, canoeing, swimming, high ropes course, archery, arts and crafts, sports, evening campfires and much more. In addition to the typical camp activities, campers also participate in “Diabetes Ed” (learning the ins and outs of this disease) and they have a “Date with the Dietitian” (carb counting, cooking healthy meals, etc.).

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Round the clock medical supervision is provided by physicians, nurses, and other health care providers. Registered dietitians plan balanced meals and snacks and manage all special dietary needs. Parents know their kids are in good hands while gaining confidence, discovering new skills in their diabetes management, and having a great time!

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This summer, Camp Sioux changed the lives of more than 150 children living with diabetes. They didn’t feel alone with their disease. These kids made lifelong friends. They tried new things, whether it was related to diabetes or not. These children looked up to their counselors as role models. They gained independence and learned new things. All thanks to diabetes camp!

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On average, the cost per camper is now nearly $1,300; however, families pay under $200 per camper and there is also an opportunity for financial assistance. No camper is turned away due to the inability to pay. You can help support the American Diabetes Association’s Camp program by donating to the Association or participating in one of the local fundraising events. Visit www.diabetes.org to learn more or call 888-DIABETES to get involved locally.

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Twin Cities Tour de Cure 2015 Recap

On behalf of the Young Professional Leadership Council, we would like to thank those who rode and volunteered at this year’s Twin Cities Tour de Cure. Together, 1,800 plus riders and volunteers raised over $970,000 in donations to the American Diabetes Association! We hope to see you all out there again next year!

Tour de Cure: A View From the Inside Out

I should go on the record to begin with by stating that I do not have diabetes. I don’t live with the struggle of consistently checking my blood, watching what and even when I eat, nor do I live with the constant threat that one day diabetes may throw a serious life altering curveball at me. Therefore I found myself just a few days before my first Tour de Cure struggling to grasp onto the concept of volunteering for something that doesn’t directly affect my own lifestyle. Maybe it was because I’ve never really volunteered myself up for something as big as Tour de Cure, and I walked into the event with the mindset of just playing it by ear, focusing on my surroundings, and the goal of trying to essentially figure out the pieces of a puzzle.

Team YPLCI had volunteered myself up for whatever I could help out with, and to that I was offered the opportunity to serve lunch. You may have read my prior article on the history of the Tour de Cure, and the growth of the event over the past decade, so that research sort of gave me a ballpark number to go by. My first glimpse of the Tour de Cure was just the sheer size and magnitude of the event in person, and that came literally in the form of barbecue pulled pork, massive amounts of it. And it wasn’t just one food tent; it was across three separate tents with the task of serving thousands of people. Many people judge size by ticket counters and parked cars, and I judge size by how much food is brought to the table. People need to eat, it’s a known fact, and when you come with three full vans worth of food and the thought that it will all be eaten by the end of lunch, you know you’re in for a show.

The atmosphere at an event like Tour is actually quite relaxing, giving me the vibe that it’s almost like a giant family reunion. As I walked around on a wonderful Saturday afternoon, I could see others reminiscing about past memories, recent happenings, and a common connection. And then it occurred to me that in some ways it truly has all of the basic principles of a family gathering, a thorough mix of all ages getting together for a good cause, enjoying the nice early summer weather and cycling through miles of plush green scenery and most of all, just having a good time. There seems to be a common misconception that events of this kind are supposed to come with a slightly somber attitude or even an certain amount of angst and frustration, but I couldn’t see it even if I tried my hardest, everyone is just happy to be there, either to participate or just to lend a helping hand.

By the end of the afternoon it had finally clicked in my mind on what Tour was all about, and I know this because I wasn’t second guessing my own reactions or emotions or saying in my mind “well I think I know.” I was genuinely happy to be there, to be a part of something bigger than myself, to look forward to next year’s event and riding this time around, and most of all, to have a great time.

I also want to thank all of those that came out this past Saturday to Minnehaha Falls to participate and volunteer, because without you, this event would not be possible! On behalf of the YPLC, thank you!

- Brad Masson

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