This month is host to several annual health awareness campaigns. Movember participants are growing beards to raise money for men’s health, while others are doing what they can to bring attention to diabetes research and treatments.
Being a “Spectrumite” goes beyond the work we do for our clients. Whether it’s bettering the community through service or participating in the Spectrum Fitness Challenge, I’ve learned major changes start with the small choices we make every day.
This past Sunday started with my decision to obey the alarm clock at 4:45 a.m. and put on a cycling jersey for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. By 6:45 a.m. team Spectrum Spokes Persons embarked on an 81-mile bike ride along the Northern Virginia countryside.
And with charity event season in full swing, here are some tips for making your own fitness challenge a little more enjoyable for everyone involved:
I spent this past Father’s Day morning riding 20 miles with my son Bobby on our bikes in the National Capital Tour de Cure in Reston, Virginia. No breakfast in bed for me!
Over the past eight years, Spectrum has sponsored our “Spokes Persons” team in the American Diabetes Association‘s annual ride to stop diabetes. Tour de Cure rides take place throughout the U.S. each year.
Diabetes is not a “sexy” or trendy disease. It’s not as socially “hip” as breast cancer, in the sense that hundreds of thousands of people walk or run or ride to raise hundreds of millions of dollars that flow to diabetes research and survivor organizations, as happens with breast cancer. What’s breast cancer got that diabetes doesn’t?
For starters, breast cancer deeply scares people, affects mostly women, tugs at our emotions, and generally gets our attention in a big way when we hear about a friend or family member with a diagnosis. And breast cancer reigns supreme among awareness, advocacy and funding.
Too far down the respect scale, too many of the people afflicted with or at risk of diabetes don’t understand the severity of the illness. There’s a lack of fear due to a lack of education, real appreciation for the devastation diabetes can cause. We are nationally unobsessed with diabetes, unfortunately. (more…)
This is the first in our series titled “Chronic Monday,” which will highlight pertinent issues in the chronic disease community.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, learning that you are about to develop diabetes isn’t enough to trigger the behavior changes necessary to stave off the disease. Compounding the challenge for prevention advocates is this statistic: approximately one of every three adults in America are prediabetic, but less than 10 percent of them are aware of it. As many of us already know, diabetes is one serious disease with life threatening implications. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 65% of people with diabetes will die from heart disease or stroke. (more…)
Sometimes, there’s no better way to start the day than with some good, old-fashioned publicity. That happened early this morning when Spectrum VP Amanda Sellers dropped by to ask me if I’d seen today’s WASHINGTON POST article mentioning the National Capital Tour de Cure that our firm is sponsoring. I had not, and still haven’t seen the print version, but reading the article online completely made my day! (I’m chairing the ride.)
Read the story of 38-year-old American Diabetes Association employee Sara Sklaroff, who committed herself to the fundraising ride for diabetes before she even learned to ride a bike!
Hopefully by Sunday, June 14, Sara’s courage and passion will have infected thousands of other Washington-area people with diabetes and their friends and family enough to register and ride in Tour de Cure.
If diabetes got the respect, attention and funding support that cancer does, maybe we’d all be closer to finding a cure. Please join or support Spectrum’s “Spokes Persons” Tour de Cure team.
-John Seng, President and Founder