Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Are You at Risk of Diabetes? Take the Test and Enter to WIN #DiabetesAwarenessMonth #Contest

Chapmans Ice Cream Calendar Diabetes Awareness MonthIn 2014, Chapman’s Ice Cream issued a calendar with pictures of adorable kids enjoying their different products. January featured their Frozen Yogurt which is rated #1 in Canada (and can always be found in our fridge). March was their Low Calorie Smoothie Bars (as you know we’re also fans). And, in honour of Diabetes Awareness Month, they posted a picture of Molly (the star of Mommy Outside The Box) enthusiastically enjoying their “No Sugar Added” ice cream. The Kids have been looking forward to November so that they can see Molly’s face every day and I have been looking forward to it as well because…

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

On a daily basis I deal with blood sugar issues. Usually low. While Max hasn’t yet been tested, I believe that he too has hypoglycemia. In turn, we all eat small meals throughout the day and stay away from simple sugars. People tease me because The Kids can only have one candy a day but it has little to do with cavities and jumping off the walls and more to do with their overall health. Having said that, everything in moderation is one of my mottos.

It is estimated that out of 35 million Canadians, approximately 5.7 million have prediabetes

That’s 1 in 6 too many. Just ask my two male cousins who are insulin dependent. I won’t go into all the reasons why it’s no fun to have diabetes, but I will tell you that there are some things that you can do to help keep yourself healthy.

Minimize Your Risk of Developing Diabetes

  • Control your weight,
  • Stay active,
  • Eat a balanced diet,
  • Quit smoking,
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption.

If you’re unsure about your health, take the CanRisk test and get educated about your risk factors. I took the test and fortunately, my risk of developing diabetes is low. However, since I have blood sugar issues and don’t know my family history (I’m adopted), I have to be careful. Note that for every test taken, Novo Nordisk will donate $1 to diabetes research.

The bonus is that if you complete the test, you will be entered to WIN a $5,000 or one of two $2,500 Money for Life Experiences. And that’s something to get excited about.

Chapmans Ice Cream Calendar Diabetes Awareness Month - November

Interested in finding out more about Diabetes? Visit the Canadian Diabetes Association and consider making a donation.

Do You Know Someone With Diabetes?

Note that I asked Chapman’s if they would be issuing a similar calendar this year but unfortunately they’re not. Maybe if we tell them how much we miss it they will. Just saying.

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17 thoughts on “Are You at Risk of Diabetes? Take the Test and Enter to WIN #DiabetesAwarenessMonth #Contest

  1. Mommy Outside

    My little ham! As you know I don’t eat sugar so our freezer is always stocked with Chapmans no sugar added goodies. I’ve been told (I’m adopted too as you know) that my maternal grandmother had diabetes so it’s something I’m conscience of. Not knowing all of that family history can be tricky….
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  2. Jo-Anne Pfoh

    Oh my I had no idea that Chapmans has no sugar added goodies. My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 11 years old. We have never had diabetes in our family in any generation on either side. They really have no idea why children develop type 1 other than it may be viral. Cody had the chickenpox when he was 6 and a high grade fever of 104 for 5 days. They guess that this is what triggered it. I have to pick these up to keep them on hand. He is currently on a high calorie diet to put on weight but I want them for me lol. Thanks for the great post !
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  3. Rene

    Love the photo of Molly – enthusiastic is an understatement! I love Chapman’s and many (or all) of what they stand for. I do have friends with diabetes and it isn’t easy – any little help is great, like being able to eat ice cream!!

  4. Peady

    What an adorable little face to see everyday! 😀

    Molly is adorable.

    I know many people with Diabetes, actually. Several in my family!

    Controlling it is crucial. I love that Chapman’s has so many options for people with dietary restrictions.
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  5. Elva Roberts

    I really enjoyed this post and the information you have in it. I have to be careful as my blood sugars were high normal
    I am really trying to eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise more and longer. Healthy eating and exercise are so simple in theory but the self-discipline involved is so worth the results.

  6. alex

    I don’t have diabetes because I already died…:-) heart attack and brain thing idk.. but i like to eat chocolate lots of it yo


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