#This is Diabetes with Grace Kendzierski

From one of our own at the American Diabetes Association, Pamela Kendzierski shares the story of her daughter, Grace for National Diabetes Awareness month. Grace was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was barely a year old, but has since grown into an avid athlete. Eight year old Grace has competed in multiple triathlons, 5ks, and other sporting events to leave diabetes in the dust.
Share your story with us using #ThisIsDiabetes on social media.

School Walk for Diabetes


School Walk for Diabetes is an educational school fundraising program that promotes healthy living, school spirit and community involvement.

School Walk for Diabetes educates students, families, staff and teachers about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Funds raised through School Walk helps to support the research, education and advocacy programs of the American Diabetes Association, and to support our mission to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people living with diabetes. The need for diabetes education is more important than ever as there are 29.1 million Americans with diabetes and 86 million have prediabetes.

Not only do students, staff and the community learn about diabetes prevention and management but your school also has the opportunity to earn Gopher gift cards for PE equipment!

You can register your school today by going to: www.diabetes.org/schoolwalk

Or for more information contact:

Pamela Kendzierski, MM/HRM

Associate Manager of Development

Email: PKendzierski@diabetes.org

Phone: 972-392-1181 ext. 6030


Together we can make a difference!

Help Us Celebrate National Healthy Lunch Day!


This November 15, join us in our celebration of National Healthy Lunch Day as part of American Diabetes Month®. Commit to eating a healthy meal on this day—and every day—and encourage others in your life to do the same.

In addition, we know how important it is for people with diabetes to eat a healthy meal to maintain their blood glucose levels. As part of American Diabetes Month, we are sharing stories of real people with diabetes through our campaign theme, This Is Diabetes™. For National Healthy Lunch Day, we are encouraging those of you in the diabetes community to take a photo of what a healthy lunch means to you.

Participating is easy. We encourage you all to snap a photo of your healthy lunch and share on social media using the official hashtags #HealthyLunchDay and #ThisIsDiabetes. We’ve also provided free resources—including recipes, tip sheets and infographics to share with family and friends.

Join us for a healthy lunch on November 15!

Honoring Our Superheroes!

Honoring Our Superheroes! ADA, DFW Chapter Annual Awards Meeting

The American Diabetes Association, DFW Chapter held its Annual Awards meeting on December 9, 2015 at Brookhaven Country Club. The Chapter recognized its “superheroes” who led the ADA community programs and fundraising in 2015. Volunteers of the year were recognized for each activity and event conducted by the ADA in 2015:

*         Step Out: Chris Hensley

*         Stars of Texas: Michael Lopez

*         School Walk: Robert Restuccia

*         Tour de Cure: John Piper, Celanese

*         Senior Signature Series: Dalia Ibarra

*         Live Empowered: Darrell Druery

*         Camp Aurora: Brenda Sonnier

*         Camp New Horizons North: Allen Culpepper

*         New Horizons South: Shawn Holmes

*         Hispanic Initiatives: Zela Daniel

*         World Diabetes Day:  Wendy Windham

*         Speakers Bureau: Janet Sigler

*         Advocacy: Derek Lewis II


The top corporate award for 2015 went to Trinity Industries for their support of the Tour de Cure cycling event. Tom Jardine, Team Captain for Trinity Industries, accepted the award. The Leadership Board Volunteer of the Year went to Jerry Mayer of McCarthy Building Companies for his leadership with Step Out to Stop Diabetes Walk and his overall support and participation in 2015.

Many thanks to all those volunteers recognized and to those who attended the event!

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Project Power Volunteers – Reverend Anthony Holmes, Shenekqual Robertson, Shunnique Fletcher, Sharon Claflin and Kenneth Holmes

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Cindy Parsons and Cathy Orwig from Keller ISD enjoying the evening.

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Volunteers of the Year accept their awards – Janet Siglar, Wendy Windham, Shawn Holmes, Januari Lewis, Pharm.D., Allen Culpepper, Sharon Claflin, John Piper, Leonor Marquez, Rob Restuccia

Awards Night- Top Corporate Sponsors-web

Top Corporate Sponsors – Quin Neal, ADA; Januari Lewis, Pharm.D., Walgreens; Tom Jardine, Trinity Industries; Amy Schornick, Texas Health Resources; Cari Young, Sam’s Club; Jim Wilson, Lockheed Martin; Catherine Oliveros, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas; Cindy Parsons, Keller ISD; J.D. Kennedy, Ed.D. – Incoming Chair

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Leonor Marquez – Chair

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Tom Zavasky, Roxann Pishnick, ADA and Joan Colgin enjoying the evening.

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Tom Jardine of Trinity Industries accepting Top Corporate Award with Quin Neal, Area Executive Director

Awards Night- Januari Lewis, Pharm.D.

Januari Lewis, Pharm.D. – Incoming President

Awards Night- JD Kennedy, Ed.D- web.

JD Kennedy, Ed.D – Incoming Chair

Mini Pumpkin Pies

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These mini pies are the perfect bite-size treat for autumn.

Created by Chef Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef®, these mini pies are the perfect bite-size treat for autumn.

This featured recipe is sponsored by Equal® Sweetener.

Yield: 15 servings
Serving Size: 2 mini pies


30 mini frozen phyllo shells, thawed
1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin
1 cup whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup Equal® Spoonful OR 6 packets Equal® sweetener
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup light whipped topping, thawed if frozen


Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat phyllo shells according to package directions. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Meanwhile, whisk pumpkin, cream cheese, Equal®, spices and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Refrigerate, covered, 3 hours.

When ready to serve, place pumpkin mixture in a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip. Pipe 1 tablespoon of the pumpkin mixture into each phyllo shell. Garnish each with a small amount of whipped topping.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 81
Total Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Sodium: 57 mg
Cholesterol: 12 mg
Carbohydrate: 7 g
Protein: 1 g

Food Choices: 1/2 Carbohydrate, 1 Fat

Recipe by Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef

– See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/featured-recipe/mini-pumpkin-pies.html?loc=fr-oct15?referrer=http://diabetes.org/#sthash.r6R9JZHb.dpuf

It’s American Diabetes Month

It’s American Diabetes Month and what better way to promote awareness than to talk about it on television. Thanks to KTXA 21, the ADA shared it’s mission, story and people on their Saturday morning show, “Plugged In To DFW.” Thank you to Dr. Noel Santini, Leonor Marquez, Quin Neal and the Schuster family for providing interviews and talking about the effects of diabetes. Here is the first segment of the show which aired Saturday, Nov. 7. You can find the other three segments on the same link.

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