With November comes American Diabetes Month®, a time to focus the nation's attention on diabetes. For too many of us, this disease really hits home. We can count many family members and friends—even ourselves—among the nearly 30 million Americans who live with diabetes.
This will be my first time marking this important month as Chief Executive Officer of the American Diabetes Association. I’ll be thinking about the people in my life who have faced diabetes: my grandmother, mother, father and brother-in-law. When my doctor told me I had prediabetes, I knew I had an opportunity to make some changes, choosing healthier foods, being more physically active and losing weight. I'm happy to report my blood glucose has remained in “no diabetes” range.
So I knew a thing or two about diabetes before I arrived at the Association, yet my understanding has skyrocketed since. I have newfound admiration for the individuals and families who battle it every day. I am grateful for the doctors, nurses, diabetes educators and other health care professionals who care for them. And I tip my hat to the researchers who dedicate their careers to improving diabetes treatments and finding a cure.
American Diabetes Month is for, and about, this diverse diabetes community. Through highs and lows, people with diabetes have more in common than they might think. Type 1 or type 2, no matter your age or background, whether you’ve lived with diabetes for 50 years or were diagnosed just yesterday—we need you to join the national dialogue about the rise of diabetes and its impact on our country. We’re in this together, every day and all year round.
Another thing we have in common? We all have to eat.
There are plenty of messages out there about the importance of eating healthfully. It’s no secret that eating well is key for managing diabetes and preventing type 2. But when was the last time someone actually showed you how?
That’s where our American Diabetes Month 2015 campaign comes in. During November, “Eat Well, America!” will demonstrate how easy it is to eat healthfully—from planning and prepping to cooking and enjoying a delicious and nutritious meal. Each week, we will introduce recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and beyond. We’ll also have videos, tips and infographics to help you discover how simple and fun eating well really can be.
I hope you’ll check out this rich content and join the #EatWellAmerica conversation for #DiabetesMonth. See the grocery store in a new light, try out a new healthy recipe, pack a brown bag lunch (National Healthy Lunch Day is Nov. 17!).
Enjoy good food and good health with family and friends this November. That’s what it’s all about.