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        September, 2012 Edition 
November 10 - 17
November 10
9am - 1pm
Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR
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Walk to Cure Diabetes -
September 30 
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Join CDF & JDRF at Oak's Park in Portland, OR to help in finding a cure for diabetes; and, of course, to have some fun! Make sure to come by our booth and say hello! 
College Scholarship Opportunity! 
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The Scott & Kim Verplank Foundation, founded by tld golfer Scott Verplank, accepts college scholarship applications year round from tld athletes who demonstrate a commitment to athletics, education and their tld management. 
Check out local ADA happenings
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Read more about what's happening in your town
Be Ready! 
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Heading back to school is a complex issue for kids with diabetes. Do you have a "Diabetes Medical Management Plan" in place? What about a "504 plan"? Learn much more from She Sugar's blog about these and many tips and resources for all ages. Make sure your family is prepared! Learn more about She Sugar.
Benefits of Diabetes Camps
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Diabetes camps are more than just fun. A great deal of research is accumulating on the benefits of camps for helping youth, including adolescents, stay healthier and happier.
Need a Camp? 
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If you are looking for new diabetes camps to try, or are helping other families find a camp that is a fit for them, the Diabetes Education & Camping Association has national and even international directories. Additional listings, including our own CDF Camp, can be found on the Children with Diabetes website or the D-Mom blog.
Just Delicious Diabetic Bakery
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This local Clackamas, Oregon bakery caters to diabetic diets with an assortment of amazing and beautiful treats and delicacies that can be purchased on site, or ordered and shipped all over. Yum, Yum
Step Out & Walk to Stop Diabetes - 
September 22

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Join hundreds of other Portlanders and the ADA at the Rose Garden as they step out to walk to stop diabetes.
Pounds for Purpose
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Every pound lost, Fitness Together will donate a $1 to the Chris Dudley Foundation. Learn more
Recipe of the Month 
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam 
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Servings Per Recipe:20
Amount Per serving:
Calories: 14.0
Total Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 12.4
Total Carbs: 3.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
Protein: 0.5 g
4 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb (about 1 1/3 lbs)
1 cup Splenda granular
3/4 cups water
1 small package sugar-Free strawberry or raspberry Jell-O (4-serving size)
2 tsp lemon juice

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Summer camp as normal for Dudley, kids 
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Published on Wednesday, August 08, 2012. Written and reprinted with permission by Kerry Eggers.


Splendid late-morning sunshine beamed on the four basketball courts where championship games were being completed last Friday, with observant parents sprinkled on the berm at Cedar Ridge Retreat in Vernonia.


The 17th year of the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp for Youth with Diabetes was in the books.


Dudley is committed to more camps in the future, which is a good thing for diabetic kids in particular and humanity in general.


If there is a more meaningful summer youth camp in our state - and there are plenty of them to choose from - I'm not aware of it.


Drive west from Portland on Highway 26 and then up Highway 47 into logging country and you'll see where Cedar Ridge - owned by former Trail Blazer Larry Steele and once the site of Perry's Sports Camp - hides in bucolic repose.


Since 1996, Dudley - another ex-Blazer, this one the 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate in our state - has run this wonderful camp for kids afflicted with the disease with which he was diagnosed as a 16-year-old.


Seventy-five boys and girls ages 10 through 17 attend.

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"We're maxed out every year," said Dudley, 47, who played 16 years in the NBA before retiring in 2003. "Sign-up begins at midnight on New Year's Eve, and by 12:07 a.m., we're booked."


This year, the waiting list reached 45. Twenty-two states were represented. Of the 75 campers, 53 were repeats from at least the previous year - some from as many as the previous eight.


"Take a look around," said Joey Seber, in her 13th year as camp director. "So many of these kids are here year after year, and you can tell why.

Joey Seber - Camp Director


"I continue to do this because these kids are wonderful, and it's a unique celebration. It's so magical. It's hard to explain to people. They come to camp and realize it is one of a kind. It takes me about nine months to prepare, but it's worth every second."


The camp is expensive, but five campers this year were on full scholarship and most were provided with grants through fundraising by the Chris Dudley Foundation.


"We'll never turn a kid away because of cost," Dudley said.


Taking control of your diabetes risk factors 
By Kelly Constant, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon 

It's no secret that two of the biggest risk factors for developing diabetes are a family history of diabetes and being overweight. There's not much you can do about your family history, but there is a lot you can do to work toward a healthy and active lifestyle.

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However, getting started (or restarted) on a weight loss program or fitness routine to manage your risk factors can be intimidating. Although we've likely all heard the basics - eat better, manage your portions and move more - they are often easier said than done. Here are some tips to help you start integrating better nutrition and more movement into your life:

  • Set up your environment in such a way that you don't have to make the choice to be healthy. For example, fill your fridge with only healthy foods, so you don't have to choose between an apple and ice cream. 
  • Try exercising first thing in the morning. Get up, and get it done so you don't spend the whole day thinking of excuses not to do it.
  • Stand when you normally would sit. From a health perspective, standing is far superior to sitting, and it's something easy to integrate in your life.
  • Start with activities that are easy on the joints: walking, elliptical machine, biking, swimming or yoga.
  • Park several blocks away from your office and walk to work. If you ride the bus, hop off a few stops early.
  • Experiment with new recipes. You don't have to give up your favorite guilty pleasures. Just try making them with alternative ingredients.

One of the biggest challenges with any significant lifestyle change is just sticking with it after the first couple of weeks or days. We tend to set big, often unattainable goals for ourselves. Instead, try some of the following suggestions for wellness success.

  • Find a support network. Most people who are successful in changing a lifestyle factor have support and accountability. This can be a spouse, personal trainer, friend, even an online community. 
  • Start with one or two small changes, like cutting back on desserts or eating more vegetables, instead of changing everything about your wellness routine at once.
  • Make your wellness goals specific and manageable - such as "I am going to walk for 30 minutes before work two times next week," instead of a tougher goal like, "I'm going to lose 50 pounds."
  • Focus on the healthy things you can add to your diet, such as whole wheat or fruit.
  • Make it easy on yourself. Working out doesn't have to mean an expensive gym membership or a complicated routine. It can just be putting on a pair of tennis shoes and going for a walk.

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Kelly Constant is a certified personal trainer and wellness coordinator at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. Regence is the platinum sponsor of Circle on the Court, the event that kicks off Pacific Northwest Diabetes Health & Wellness Week.

Pacific Northwest Diabetes Health & Wellness Week -     
November 10 - 17
A week filled with events and activities designed to raise awareness about diabetes health and wellness. 
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The kick-off to the week is Circle on the Court, Saturday, November 10, at the Rose Garden arena in Portland, Oregon.  It's a free event from 9am - 1pm, open to the public, and will showcase the best health and wellness resources in the Pacific Northwest.  Your kids won't want to miss the free Sports Clinics with celebrity coaching from Portland Trail Blazers and Portland Timbers ambassadors - join our mailing list for registration information.


Check out the PSA to learn more! 
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Annual BBQ Ribs & Rods - Good Times!      
The 5th Annual BBQ Ribs & Rods Event was a huge success, raising $10,000 for camp scholarships for kids with diabetes!  The hosts of this event, Stan & Patty Dollar, and Patrick & Karri Duncan generously gave of their time, hearts, and homes to make sure the event would benefit kids with diabetes who want to attend the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp. BBQ & rods logo JUne pt
The temperature that day reached 100 degrees; the best kind of day for a fun summer BBQ!  The Sandy Saunders Band rocked out while guests enjoyed a first-class BBQ dinner by Slick's Big Time BBQ, and checked out the hot rod show featuring the Sherwood Cruisers Car Club.  Chris Dudley thanked everyone who supported the event, and shared his thoughts on how much camp means to the kids who get to experience it.  There were winners all around in the raffles and silent auction:  guests nabbed Timbers tickets, a weekend at a beach house, a Family Fun Package for Evergreen Wings & Waves/Museum/OMSI, and Chinook Winds & Casino Package.


Contest Winners were:

Best Ribs Contest - Marshall Smith

Car Contest - People's Choice - Stan Dollar

Car Contest - Chris Dudley's Choice - Bob Terranova


Check our more photos on our facebook page! 


A HUGE thank you to all who were a part of this special event and to our sponsors: 

       Bank of Oswego    Oral SolutionsSlick's    Schulz-Clearwater   Sandy Saunders Band

Black Bear Diner        Widmer          Pilgrim Lutheran School   Sherwood Cruisers    Choonic Wind logo    


Have a safe and wonderful start to the
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Chris Dudley 
and the Chris Dudley Foundation