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April is Defeat Diabetes Month

Eat fruits and veggies for diabetesDid you know April is defeat Diabetes Month? As the warm weather approaches, now is good time to be getting out and enjoying the spring air. That is why April is for diabetes awareness. The Defeat Diabetes Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to defeat this disease.  As mentioned on their website, the following four things can help to reduce your risk of diabetes by as much as 55%.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables daily - 5 - 9 servings
  • Eat whole grains daily - 3 servings
  • Get out an enjoy some physical activity 5 times per week for up to 90 minutes
  • Lose 5% of your body weight.
At Traverse Bay Farms, we also have encouraged our customers to learn more about diabetes in our new Health and Wellness section of our website. Here is a link to our Diabetes section of our website. While we will be adding additional information to this section, here is a link to a very information video:
In addition to the suggestions above, The Defeat Diabetes Foundation has put together a 30-day plan for the entire month a April to get healthy which I have included an outline below for your review.
Below is a brief outline of the first 15 days of activity as provided by the foundation. In my next post, I'll provide the remaining 15 days for the rest of April. Check it and no matter what the day is, get started today.
  • April 1 - Commit to taking daily challenges
  • April 2 - Try a New Food Today. Give asparagus  a try
  • April 3 – Plan out or begin to plant a garden. This  will get you outside and doing physical activity.
  • April 4 - Take a Walk
  • April 5 - Try a New Food Today. Look for a pineapple in the produce section of your local store.
  • April 6 - Take the Stairs
  • April 7 – What is your A1c
  • April 8 – Park in the back of the parking lot at work or when you go shopping.
  • April 9 - Try a New Food Today. – Get some spinach
  • April 10 - Try a New Physical Activity
  • April 11  - Enjoy the warm spring weather and fly a kite today.
  • April 12 - Try a New Food Today. Enjoy some tangerines today
  • April 13 - Take the Stairs Tuesday
  • April 14 Try a New Food Today. Add a new whole grain bread to your diet.
  • April 15 – Park in the back of the parking lot at work or when you go shopping.
Here is link for the entire 30-day plan Defeat Diabetes Also since tart cherries rank low on the glycemic index, consider adding a glass of tart cherry juice to your lunch, too.
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