Divabetic’s Broomstick Bash

October 31, 2014 by
Broomstick Bash

Broomstick Bash

We’re looking back at one of Divabetic’s most popular diabetes outreach programs, Scary Potter’s Broomstick Bash. We hosted this healthy Halloween party for kids with diabetes for three years at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York to over 1,500 families affected by diabetes.

The Broomstick Bash offers children and their families an educational, fun-filled Halloween event promoting healthier life changes. Families can participate in a range of activities (including Costume Cardio)  to encourage smart lifestyle choices that will be beneficial throughout the holiday season and year round.

Three interactive education stations (Freaky Foods, Monster Moves and Pumpkin Pledges) encourage families affected by diabetes to celebrate Halloween in a healthier way. At Divabetic’s ‘Freaky  Foods‘ station families learn how much added sugar and carbohydrates are in their favorite Halloween foods and drinks. At  Divabetic’s ‘Monster Moves’ station families learn  how much physical activity it takes to burn off the calories from their favorite Halloween sweets, snacks and candies. At Divabetic’s ‘ Pledge’ station families learn how to set  realistic goals for healthier behaviors during the holidays. Along the way, children gather decorations from each station before entering the Arts & Crafts area.  In the Arts & Crafts area, children  have an opportunity decorate their broomsticks and enter to win the best broomstick contest to win prizes.

All children are encouraged to come in costume and learn proactive ways to make Halloween healthy with activities that include:

3 Interactive Education Stations:
Freaky Foods (nutrition advice)
Monster Moves (fitness demonstrations)
Pumpkin Pledges (goal setting help)

Fun & Entertainment:
Ghost & Boast Guidance (affirmations)
Costume Cardio Dance Contests
Halloween Crafts Area

Free Prizes,Giveaways & More

 LISTEN NOW: October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast on ‘Anger & Diabetes’

Helen Mirren’s Confidence is Contagious!

October 30, 2014 by
Divabetic Headlines

Divabetic Headlines

Look who is washing that gray right out of her hair!!! L’Oréal has announced its newest ambassador – actress Helen Mirren, who is 69. And we couldn’t be happier!!!

Helen Mirren looks like she’s living the ‘GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS’  life right.

She’s the latest 50-plus woman to front a major cosmetics campaign, along with Charlotte Rampling (68), Tilda Swinton (53) and Jessica Lange (65). Has the beauty industry at last started celebrating age?

Of course there is some way to go – typically, of the 10 models posing in any L’Oréal Beauty’s group campaign, just two or three will be over 50. But the beauty industry is certainly wising up and improving, making Hollywood – where  Renee Zellweger’s supposed plastic surgery continues make headlines – look slightly ridiculous.

Why do we have such a problem with wrinkles on women?  Shouldn’t we all be able to live, learn and laugh without someone putting us down? Thirty years after the premiere of the ‘Golden Girls’ you’d hope to see older women  in more movies and TV  shows based on the show’s enormous success. Unfortunately that’s not the case.

In my opinion, one of  Joan Rivers biggest accomplishments was being able to stay relevant in today’s society. Her opinions mattered. People of all ages tuned in to the ‘Fashion Police’ each week to hear what she had to say.  She conquered the youth driven fashion industry and made them take notice.

Helen Mirren says that she hoped she will “inspire other women towards greater confidence” by making the most of their looks. “I am not gorgeous,” she said. “I never was, but I was always OK looking and I’m keen to stay that way.”

The 69-year-old has partnered with the brand for a campaign centered on the notion that true beauty is ageless. Shots show a smiling Mirren—her appearance untouched by Photoshop and other fancy enhancement tools—posing in a simple black pantsuit. The Oscar winner looks fresh-faced and at ease in the photos, which may speak to her natural grace and confidence. Her makeup is pretty but understated (we can spot eyeliner, mascara and a soft pink lip).

The next question would be, well, “What’s her secret?—but Mirren’s glow doesn’t stem from any fixed beauty routine.

“I don’t really know what a beauty routine is,” Mirren told Redbook in a July 2014 interview. “But I love beauty products, and I’m always trying new ones.”

 LISTEN NOW: October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast on ‘Anger & Diabetes’

Divabetic-Makeover Your Diabetes Keynote Speakers

October 29, 2014 by
Lorraine Brooks, Mr. Divabetic and Susan Weiner RD, CDE, the author of the Complete Diabetes Organizer

Lorraine Brooks, Mr. Divabetic and Susan Weiner RD, CDE, the author of the Complete Diabetes Organizer

Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes, our biggest outreach event of the year is scheduled for Sunday, November 16, 2014, 1 – 4 PM at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA.

Divabetic’s annual event celebrates the fellowship of the Divabetic Club – Philadelphia, PA. Our goal is to comfort, connect and cheer on the members of the Divabetic Club and their loved ones for having a take charge attitude about their diabetes.

This year our keynote speakers are co-authors of “The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life,” Susan Weiner MS, RDN, CDE, CDN and Leslie Josel.

Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, is a renowned diabetes educator and lecturer who earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University and a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a contributing medical producer for dLife TV, a member of dLife’s medical advisory board, and the food and nutrition expert for dlife.com.

Leslie Josel is an acclaimed authority on chronic disorganization and hoarding issues. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and has received its Golden Circle distinction. Leslie has also received ADHD and Hoarding Specialist certifications from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Her practice, Order Out of Chaos, provides professional organizing services to the chronically disorganized as well as individuals, families, and students needing help with time management and organization.

Leslie has appeared on TLC’s hit television show Hoarding: Buried Alive, the Cooking Channel’s special Stuffed: Food Hoarders, and The Better Show as an organizational expert. She is the creator of the award-winning Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management.

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 1PM – 4PM

African American Museum

701 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106


Register: 1-800-JEFF-NOW

 LISTEN NOW: October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast on ‘Anger & Diabetes’

Are Treadmill Classes the Newest Fitness Craze?

October 28, 2014 by
Treadmill Classes

Treadmill Classes

Is the old gym standby — the treadmill — ready for a makeover?

Yes, it appears to be true.  If you’re sick of staring at the same thing while you’re monotonously running on the treadmill for thirty minutes now you can rev up your workout routine with a  fun, new group treadmill class.

A boutique gym has just added a dozen Fitwalkers for their new group fitness classes on treadmills in New York City.

Fitwalker is powered by two large flywheels and the weight of your steps upon the (default) 35-degree incline which can be adjusted. The new creative vision for treadmills incorporates not only fat-burning intervals, but dynamic strengthening, balance and toning exercises.

“Being creative on a treadmill is the best way to become a better runner. Backwards running on a moderate incline, for example, is a great tool in strengthening your hamstrings and glutes,” says David Silk. “Side shuffling helps with balance and focus as well as being a killer workout for your inner thighs,” he adds.

Right off the bat, you can see that Fitwalker has a three-step version, shuffling laterally as you stepped onto one of the platforms on each side of the tread every third footfall. You can do a sideways jog and then “the hustle,” letting our feet ride to the bottom of the tread while holding the handle bars and running back to the top with tiny tiptoe steps.

Did you know that the majority of people run far too close to the front of their treadmills?  If you do, you end up unconsciously shortening your stride in order to not kick the front of the treadmill and adopting strange short arm movements. When you are in a nice fast run, get away from the front of your treadmill and drive your arms. You will immediately feel your stride open up, your body will be less tight and tense, and you will run with the natural stride you were meant to have.

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Divabetic Club NYC Returns

October 27, 2014 by
Divabetic Club - NYC

Divabetic Club – NYC

Mr. Divabetic hosted the Divabetic Club – NYC with Eliot LeBow LCSW, CDE on Sunday, October 26, 2014 for women with diabetes and their loved ones.

Our free outreach program focused on the emotional issues related to living with diabetes and explored the topic of anger.  

Most people living with diabetes experience  anger, frustration, depression and resentment at times. Diabetes is hard, and all of those feelings come along with the disease. But if you’re [irritable] and angry or if you’re sad all the time, you’re not going to take care of yourself. If you’re persistently having trouble dealing with any of the emotions that come with diabetes, you should talk with your doctor, diabetes educator or therapist. The same advice is true for partners of people with diabetes and parents of children with diabetes.

Eliot LeBow LCSW, CDE was diagnosed with Juvenile diabetes (Type I) and is the owner of DiabeticTalks, a robust online platform dedicated to helping individuals live a better life.

“My own passion lies with helping people with diabetes live a capable, powerful life-with less suffering!”says Eliot LeBow.
If you’re affected by, at risk and/or living with diabetes or you care for someone living with diabetes – you’re welcome to join the Divabetic Club – NYC. Divabetic will be presenting free outreach programs in New York on a bimonthly basis. The best way to experience our diva brand of diabetes programming is to bring a friend! Mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, cousins, co-workers or best friends – all are welcome!

Nominate Your Favorite Cancer Activist

October 26, 2014 by
Mr. Divabetic

Mr. Divabetic

The healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic, who feels  fortunate to have been nominated for several WEGO Health Activist Awards, wants you to recognize and nominate a Health Activist that inspires you.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by your peers for something you love to do,” says Max “Mr. Divabetic” Szadek. “WEGO Health showcases the best of the best. I get inspired looking at all the  talented, determined and uplifting health advocates and the incredible work they do.”

The Fourth Annual WEGO Health Activist Awards are in full swing, with many new exciting Awards categories this year. Take a moment to recognize the cancer leaders in your community, and nominate someone for a Health Activist Award today.

Click here to nominate!

Not sure who to nominate? Think of someone in your community who:

  • Raises awareness
  • Advocates for others
  • Shares information
  • Eradicate stigma
  • Inspires you or your community

If you can’t think of someone to nominate right now, stay informed about the Health Activist Awards by liking WEGO on Facebook.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Inspired by the Pink Panther 

Step by Step to Being Sugar Savvy

October 25, 2014 by
Sugar Savvy

Sugar Savvy

Did you know that most Americans consume an average of 22 teaspoons of sugar a day—almost 4 times the recommended amount?

Sugar is addictive. It lights up the same reward receptors and triggers the same cascade of feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine as cocaine. And when you’re shaky, irritable and looking for your next food “fix,” you may not even realize it—but you’re hooked.

Kicking the sugar habit can be tough especially when the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year, Halloween is right around the corner!

But you can do it!

Kathie Dolgin aka “High Voltage’, the founder of Energy Up! wants to help you to take control of food  so it doesn’t control you. It’s time to get ‘Sugar Savvy’ and become more mindful of the amount of added sugar you are eating everyday

High Voltage’s 6-week program, the Sugar Savvy Solution can help you get  your weight down and energy up by getting sugar savvy and resetting your taste buds and your attitude. The plan features easy-to-assemble Power Meal Formulas plus more than 40 simple Power Meals and Snacks you can use to eat Sugar Savvy anywhere.

The easy to make Veggie Chili (pictured above)  features diced tomatoes, chopped green bell peppers, onion, zucchini, spinach along with low-fat cheese, kidney beans, orb and low sodium vegetable broth. Home cook, Arthur Espino was able to follow the six easy steps to making the recipe without any problems so can you!

BUY NOW: The Sugar Savvy Solution by Kathie Dolgin

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Join the Divabetic Club – NYC on Sunday, October 26th

October 24, 2014 by
Divabetic Club - NYC

Divabetic Club – NYC

Don’t miss Divabetic’s free outreach program, the Divabetic Club-NYC  presented this coming Sunday, October 26, 1 -4 PM in New York, NYC.

The Divabetic Club will be co-presented with Eliot LeBow LCSW, CDE and will explore the emotional issues related to living with diabetes Eliot is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and certified diabetes educator.

Dealing with diabetes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, can take its toll on your emotional well-being, while stress and negative emotions can take their toll on blood glucose control. It’s common to experience negative emotions such as anger, frustration, hopelessness, fear, guilt and shame which is why taking care of yourself may feel difficult or challenging at times. That’s why dealing with diabetes over the long term requires developing a range of coping skills and techniques, from learning to carry out the daily tasks of diabetes control, to finding ways to deal with the emotions that having diabetes and having to care for it are bound to bring up at time

 Eliot LeBow was diagnosed with Juvenile diabetes (Type I) and is the owner of DiabeticTalks, a robust online platform dedicated to helping individuals live a better life.

“My own passion lies with helping people with diabetes live a capable, powerful life-with less suffering!”says Eliot LeBow.
If you’re affected by, at risk and/or living with diabetes or you care for someone living with diabetes – you’re welcome to join us. The best way to experience our diva brand of diabetes programming is to bring a friend! Mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, cousins, co-workers or best friends – all are welcome!
Saturday, October 26, 2014, 1 -4 PM – FREE ADMISSION 
Divabetic Club – NYC
323 West 96th Street, Suite 2
New York, NY 10025
Call for Information: (646) 392-8599

October’s Diva Inspiration is Barbra Streisand

October 24, 2014 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

Barbra Streisand is Divabetic’s Diva Inspiration for National Diabetes Awareness month in November.

“We wanted someone who really defined the word “Diva” and that’s Barbra Streisand!,” says Max “Mr. Divabetic” Szadek.

From the moment she burst on the Hollywood scene in Funny Girl, winking as she uttered the immortal “Hello, gorgeous” to her mirror image, until the release of her 1996 film, The Mirror Has Two Faces, there was and has been no one quite like Barbra Streisand.

She is a diva, a superstar, a sensation. Since the 1960s, she has won more varied awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, special Tony, Golden Globe, CableACE, Peabody) than anyone else in show business, and has sold over sixty-eight million records, more records than any other female singer. She is timeless, enduring, phenomenal. She has triumphed as herself in a town that thrives on make-believe, and she has done it all without mirrors.

Managing your blood glucose levels, medications, diet, exercise, and stress can  often feel overwhelming which is why Divabetic strongly recommends creating your own healthcare entourage. Members of your healthcare entourage can include your doctor, pharmacist, friends, family, co-workers, therapist and more.  Creating partnerships to work with you on your diabetes self-care  is a great way to ensure you stay healthy and upbeat about your care.

“We think Barbra can help inspire you to partner up with friends, family and healthcare professionals to GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS. Barbra achieved another amazing milestone in her career by working with other artists so can you!” says Mr. Divabetic.

Barbra Streisand’s latest No. 1 album, “Partners” made history. She’s the first artist to have a No. 1 album in each of the past six decades. We will be playing songs from “Partners” courtesy of SONY MUSIC.

On “Partners,” Streisand performs duets of classic tracks with some of the biggest male artists. There’s “New York State of Mind” with Billy Joel and “The Way We Were” with Lionel Richie. She even sings a virtual duet with Elvis Presley on “Love Me Tender.”

With 196,000 copies of “Partners” sold, Barbra Streisand can also boast having the largest sales week for a female artist so far this year.

TUNE IN: Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Barbra Streisand

Cabot Cheese Supports Diabetes Late Nite

October 22, 2014 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

Mr. Divabetic is proud to partner with Cabot Cheese to present diabetes education in a dazzling way on Divabetic’s monthly podcast, Diabetes Late Nite.

Have you been looking for creamy, cheesy, buttery flavor without the fat and calories?

Cabot 75% Reduced Fat Cheddar not only boasts less than 3 grams of fat per serving, but nearly half the calories, one-third the cholesterol and more protein than regular cheddar. With a smooth, firm texture, Cabot Cheese is surprisingly savory for a light cheese. Start your day off right and try melting this healthy treat inside a vegetable omelet. Health magazine honored this product as “Best Cheese” in its first-ever “Best of Foods” Awards.

Carbohydrates may get all of the attention in diabetes management but it’s also important to be aware of the total fat you are eating. There are “healthy fats” and “unhealthy fats.”

To lower you risk of heart disease, try to eat less saturated and trans fat — the unhealthy fats. At the same time, you can protect your heart by eating more mono and polyunsaturated fats including omega-3s — the healthy fats.

It is true that all fat is high in calories so it is important to watch portion sizes as well but you can keep your calories the same by cutting back on the sources of saturated and trans fats, while substituting the healthy fats in their place.

Diabetes Late Nite podcast game contestants receive a Cabot Cheese gift basket, a  Nu Naturals gift basket filled with diabetic safe, low glycemic. tooth friendly sweeteners,  samples of Dr. Greenfield’s diabetic products for hands, body, face and feet to moisturize and soften skin while reducing painful cracking and dryness and prizes from Spry Publishing, a premier publisher of health books and media, delivering valuable content on a wide range of medical subjects across an array of platforms. Spry features diabetes books from AADE Educators of the Year Susan Weiner and Gary Scheiner, as well as superstars from the diabetes online community including Kerri Sparling.

Be A Guest On Diabetes Late Nite! E-mail: mrdivabetic@gmail.com

 LISTEN NOW: October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast on ‘Anger & Diabetes’


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