Diabetes is a chronic health condition that is costing billions in U.S. dollars –at least $245 billion according to a 2012 study commissioned by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This amount includes direct medical costs of $176 billion and $69 billion in reduced productivity. They also reported that people with diagnosed diabetes have medical expenditures of approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not have a diabetes condition. No one wants to pay more for health care – employees or employers!
Celebrating their 75th anniversary, the ADA wants to help educate Americans on how to manage a diabetic condition and has designated November as National Diabetes Awareness Month. This year’s theme is Eat Well, America, promoting the concept of how eating healthy can complement a diabetes management program or anyone who wants to be healthier in general.
Each week in November, the ADA is featuring information on their website www.diabetes.org that shows you how to eat healthy without sacrificing flavor. for the website offers health tips for every meal, including snacks and recipes for the holidays and other special occasions. The website also covers how to manage indulgences as part of a healthy eating plan.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 is designated National Healthy Lunch Day and everyone is encouraged to “lunch right with every bite.” By making better food choices at lunch, people can lose weight and manage their diabetes. Employees may want to talk to their managers about planning a fun employee event or contest around this special day.
Lastly, in honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, check out the yummy fall-inspired apple pie smoothie recipe from Chef Chris Smith, ”The Diabetic Chef”. It is sure to please everyone in your family – both adults and kids!
Apple Pie Smoothie
Created by Chef Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef®, this smoothie tastes just like apple pie in a glass. Combine all the ingredients below and blend 1-2 minutes until smooth. Divide between two glasses and serve or double the recipe for four servings. Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups 1% milk
1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored, diced
1/2 cup vanilla flavored nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup cooked unsweetened oatmeal, quick or old fashioned
1 1/2 packets of your favorite sweetener
1 tablespoon sliced almonds1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon