April 2009 Diabetes Notes from Stephanie - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

April 2009 Diabetes Notes from Stephanie

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Hi everyone!  It seems as though March came in like a lion...and left without changing much!  Hopefully our April will shower us with sunshine.  On that note, this month's Diabetes notes include fun things that just might get you thinking more toward the warm, comfort of summertime. 

Have you heard of Hugo's YLIN Family Retreat?  The retreat is for parents and siblings of children with diabetes and offers a unique opportunity for the whole family to share perspectives with each other and with other families who are walking in similar shoes.  The primary goal is to open the channels of communication and start discussions of some of the tougher issues facing children with diabetes & their families. 

The Hugo's YLIN Family Retreat is presented by the Shawn Higgins Memorial Fund (www.shawnhiginsmemorialfund.com) with support from the American Diabetes Association.  The mission of the Shawn Higgins Memorial Fund "is to make a powerful difference in the lives of our children.  The SHMF strives to provide inspiration, stimulate growth, change perspectives, bridge uncertainties, and create better lives.  The current aim is to fulfill Shawn Higgins' passion both for diabetes and for literacy.  We hope to touch the lives of these young people by providing opportunities, removing barriers and helping them face their fears." 

"Hugo" was Shawn's nickname given to her by her father.  The name came from a reference to "Hugo the Funny Clown."  YLIN stands for "Your Life Is Now."

For more information about Hugo's YLIN Family Retreat, contact Tami Gregory at (509) 990-0580 or e-mail tami.gregory@bigdaddyscbg.com.

Next, I know I brought it up last month, but there's something new to talk about with respect to "The Pledge"...it's a PRIZE!  The "Get Healthy! Take Action! Pledge" is a promise that you make for your health.  Our partners at Coeur d'Alene Casino and the Eastern Washington Diabetes Network have set up the pledge because when you take action to prevent diabetes, you will also lower your risk for possible complications of diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and other health problems. That's a big reward for you and your family and friends.  It's not easy to make lifelong changes in what you eat and in your level of physical activity, but you can use these tools provided by the Eastern Washington Diabetes Network to help you stay focused!  An remember, preventing diabetes is good for you and for your family and friends, so take a stand against diabetes and get healthy, take action!  An additional incentive to signing the pledge is the chance to win a WiiFit bundle - that's the Nintendo Wii Console and the WiiFit setup so you can take action and have fun while you exercise!  So sign the pledge right now and enter to win!

Lastly, be sure to check in with the top headlines and top stories on the Diabetes Prevention & Control page at KHQ.com - our partners from Fitness Together have given me some great tips to pass your way this month, like the secret to weight control success and the answer to the question, "how much water should I REALLY  be drinking?"

So until next time, have a wonderful Spring!


Stephanie Vigil