At 70 years old, The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin still wears shiny silver sequins, sings, dances and plays the piano to energize crowds who typically rise to their feet to belt out her hits right along with her when she performs.
When asked how she’s able to put on several concerts a month, Aretha says, “I stay in great shape. I walk. I am very, very fit… walking K-Marts, the Superstores, Wal-Marts. I diet, I get my rest… You have to stay in good shape. I wondered how Mick Jagger could do all the running around that he did. And it’s because he stays in shape!”
With a long family history of cancer, health advocacy has become one of this diva’s top priorities. “My great-grandmother had cancer and this was over 100 years ago… at that time they didn’t know what it was – she was just in pain all the time and they didn’t have anything for it in the South and in the country. My sister Erma passed with lung cancer and my sister Carolyn passed with breast cancer, so I came (to this event) to encourage these women today and these survivors to continue on and hold your head up and keep going.”
On the same note, Aretha Franklin feels Whitney Houston’s passing earlier this year should serve as a cautionary tale for young women everywhere, adding, “It’s nice to know she isn’t forgotten and people are still paying tribute to her. Hopefully that will be a wake up call as well for some younger artists who saw what she went through and what that can lead to… You know, there will be something good about it.”
The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic rolls out the red tomato carpet at NY Fashion Week with a behind the scenes look at hat designer, Evetta Petty‘s Spring 2013 Hat Collection.
Register now for ’Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes’ - our largest free diabetes outreach event of the year promoting a diva attitude for living well with diabetes scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA.
‘Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes’, mixes free beauty and fashion services, a Plus Size fashion show and music with interactive diabetes education in a fun, comfortable setting to broaden the appeal of diabetes educational outreach for women. Our goal is to make every woman feel more beautiful inside and out through the help of a team of certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and beauty and fashion experts.
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 11 AM – 4 PM
Jefferson Alumni Hall , First Floor Eakins Lounge 10th and Locust Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107
HEALTHY DINING OUT ADVICE Tune in to Divabetic’s Free monthly Diabetes Podcast inspired by Taylor Swift featuring expert advice on dining out, grocery shopping and a frank, fashion forward discussion on diabulimia, Diabetes Numerology self-care games along with ‘diagnosis to DIVA’ stories http://www.blogtalkradio.com/divatalkradio1/2012/09/11/diabetes-roundtable-inspired-by-mystery-diva
Meet Mr. Divabetic on his quest to glamorize good health at Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes outreach event in Philadelphia, PA, the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Expo in Pittsburgh, PA and the Taking Control Of Your Diabetes Conferences & Health Fairs in San Diego, CA and Austin, TX.
For sponsorship opportunities and upcoming outreach event details visit: www.divabetic.org and Divabetic’s Facebook’s Group and Fan pages.