Dance Out Diabetes is in need of ongoing testing supplies to measure participants’ A1C levels (3-month blood glucose value). The A1C kits cost $15 each, and we use them for each participant, as it is the gold standard for diabetes screening and to check diabetes management. The A1C kits alone will cost our new organization $4,000 this next year.
Dance Out Diabetes provides a safe, diabetes-friendly environment that encourages dance as a fun way to increase physical activity for those with – or at risk for – diabetes. In addition, families and support persons are encouraged to attend to reduce the feeling of isolation and to promote better health for the family as a whole. The program provides an easily accessible means to dance through instruction and free-form dance for all ages and types of people. A variety of dance instruction is offered, and different genres of music play at each session to appeal to a diverse group of participants. We have had internationally known dance instructors teach some of our classes. Our dances have been described as a “cultural odyssey” in the sense of our range of dances: swing, hip hop, Zumba, soul, line, Afro rhythm dancing, belly dancing, Tahitian dance and salsa.
A certified diabetes educator (CDE) is at the hypoglycemia (“hypo”) rescue station for anyone who experiences low blood glucose as well as being available to answer diabetes education-related questions. Ongoing diabetes self-care, exercise safety and nutrition tips and resources are available at the dance studio, on the website and in newsletters.
A main focus is to have fun with exercise and measuring the effects of dance on diabetes prevention and management. This is accomplished via self-reported progress toward personal goals as well as clinical measurements such as blood pressure, weight and glucose. In our very first year since our launch in November 2010, we have seen an average reduction of glucose by 25 points, blood pressure by 10 points and improvement in quality of life. We have identified several people who were not aware that they had issues with glucose levels, all of whom have returned to their primary-care physicians for treatment and further information on how to prevent this chronic disease. We had over 200 participants join our program.
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Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE
194 Noe Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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