American Diabetes Association North Texas Community News, Updates and More!

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Fabulous YOU!

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Are you ready to for Blue Cross Blue Shield “Fabulous You!” a program of the American Diabetes Association?

FABULOUS YOU! is a celebration of life and its challenges. It’s goal setting with support from women who begin as strangers and leave as best friends.  It’s seven month health journey and in the end, we celebrate sisterhood and accomplishments.

PROGRAM:  Meetings filled with fun fitness, health education, supermarket tours and lead by life coaches, certified diabetes educators and motivational speakers.  We have the tools:  fitbits, scales, screenings and progress reports and progress reports on every woman.

TIME:  October 2016 – April 2017

FINALE:  Graduates of the program will share their accomplishments at 2017 Live It Up! Health & Wellness Tea and mentor the next group of Fabulous women.

COST:  FREE – your time and commitment





Diabetes or pre-diabetes (optional):


If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete and return the FabYouFlier by email or fax (972.392.1366) or reply to email.  Space is limited – so register now!


Funds help start new women’s program.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is proud to announce that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) recently awarded a grant of $75,000 to fund a new women’s program called Fabulous You! in Houston and North Texas.

Fabulous YOU, a nine-month, interactive program, is designed to address diabetes management to women living with diabetes or who are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. The program, funded under the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant, aims to educate and empower women to make their own health a priority, and celebrate their achievements.

“Our longstanding support of community partners like the American Diabetes Association is premised on our shared vision for a healthier, more active and more productive Texas. The health and wellbeing of Texas women impacts their families, places of work and communities. In lifting them up, we are all uplifted,”   said Catherine Oliveros, Director of Community Affairs at BCBSTX.  “Through our collaboration, we look forward to seeing measurable improvements in diabetes management and prevention.”

The program’s goals call for 25 percent of women who participate in Fabulous YOU! to achieve a .5 reduction in A1C, and weight reduction of 5 to 11 pounds by the end of the program. Program participants will receive tools to take care of themselves through interactive educational diabetes sessions, including cooking demonstrations, supermarket tours, fitness demonstrations, motivational talks and much more.

The women who graduate will receive prizes and be showcased at the ADA’s annual Tea and Spring Festival in 2017.

“It is really a successful program that has been piloted elsewhere in the U.S., and now we want to try to achieve that same success here in North Texas and Houston,” said Quin Neal, Area Executive Director of the ADA in North Texas. “We have partnered with Blue Cross for several years here in the Metroplex with our Hispanic and African American Initiatives, and we are excited to start a new program that includes women of all color.”

Those interested in finding more information, or in enrolling in the Fabulous YOU!, can email the following people:

–       North Texas area – Gina Hethcock at

–       Houston – Edith Anadu at


About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the association has since become a leader in diabetes research, prevention and treatment.


About BCBSTX’s Community Investments

BCBSTX is committed to helping improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve. For more than 80 years, that commitment has been reflected through social responsibility efforts that include corporate giving, local community relations, volunteerism, diversity and inclusion, ethics and compliance, wellness and sustainability initiatives. Our signature program,Healthy Kids, Healthy Families ® has impacted millions of children and their families in Texas through support in areas of nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments. To learn more about BCBSTX’s social responsibility efforts, please visit

For information about diabetes, please call 1-888-DIABETES, or 1-888-342-2383.


We Love Our Volunteers

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving each other,” – Erma Bombeck.

Let’s face it: Camp wouldn’t be fun without great volunteers. They make learning easy. They challenge, while inspiring. They soothe with a Band-Aid and a smile. They teach while being goofy. They make sure blood sugars are in check and carbs are curbed.


And so with the camp season coming to the end, staff at the American Diabetes Association’s camps Aurora and New Horizons, would like to thank all of its volunteers for serving the 350 campers and their families this summer.


Many of the volunteers took time from their clinics, faculty functions and used vacation days to help kids with diabetes learn to manage the disease.  Thank you donating your time to a great cause. ADA camps improve diabetes management skills, lower diabetes-related stress,  and make kids with diabetes feel normal again. Thank you for being a part of the program that has impacted so many lives.


“Volunteers are a vital part of the American Diabetes Association’s camping program,” said Sherry Hill, Regional Director – Camps for the ADA. “We could not provide the quality program without them.”

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A special thanks to camp directors, Lynn Bruns (Camp New Horizons North), Val Sanders (Camp New Horizons South), Kelli Goree and Brenda Sonnier (Camp Aurora.) Also thanks to medical partners Children’s Health, Cook Children’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinics, and Texas Tech School of Pharmacy – Dallas Campus. And thank you to the  Lions Club District 2-X1 and a host of other healthcare and community volunteers.


Elizabeth Andrew said it best, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” 

So thank you for your heart!

Enter Your Video in our North Texas Giving Day Contest!

You could win $100 gift card.

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Theme: Diabetes for a Day or This is What Diabetes Looks Like

Length: No more than 30 seconds

Must mention: American Diabetes Association and North Texas Giving Day

You can upload your video to your You Tube channel and tag us: #ADANorthTexas or you can email it to me at

We will choose three videos to play on Sept. 22, 2016, which is North Texas Giving Day.

We want to show real people of all ages what it’s like to have diabetes, even if you are the caregiver.

The idea is to spread the message in order to raise funds on that day to help us find a cure.

Here is the link to our page where people can donate on Sept. 22, from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Winners will receive a $100 gift card.

Videos must be submitted by Sept. 8.

Good Luck!