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Keep your kid cool, busy and in-range this summer

Summer diabetes care for kids can be a real roller coaster—literally and figuratively. They're often more active, doing things they don't get to do during the school year (like riding roller coasters!). Food and sleep routines may go out the window. So how can you help keep your child's numbers from rising and falling like they're at an amusement park? Plan to be busy. You may be walking around a zoo or swimming at the beach one day, then hanging at a backyard picnic the next. You already know how blood sugar can change from weekdays to weekends, but summer just amps up the surprises. Real...

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10 super spooky Halloween party snacks

It's not a successful Halloween party unless you've grossed out your guests with spooky snacks like zombie fingers and freaky eyeballs. Here's how to make them, plus 8 other dastardly dishes. Zombie Fingers Carve some knuckles onto cheese sticks and add red or green bell pepper fingernails to...

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A quick guide to living gluten-free with diabetes

For many people living with diabetes, celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity can add to the challenge of eating healthy meals every day. The holidays―and all the delicious baked goods that come with them―are right around the corner. So here's a quick guide to what it means to live gluten-free. Gl...

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What's in (and out) for this Thanksgiving dinner

The mounds of food on a Thanksgiving table can really test your carb-counting expertise and willpower―especially if you try to keep your carbs between 45 and 60 grams per meal. So we thought we'd make some suggestions for smart options that lighten the carb, fat and sugar load. Out: Crack...

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Spaghetti (Squash) and (Chicken) Bolognese Healthy Pasta Recipe

  Replacing regular pasta with spaghetti squash makes a healthy, easy weeknight meal. Try this recipe by retired police officer (with type 2 diabetes) Rob and his wife Connie, profiled in this month's Accu-Chek Update.   Ingredients (serves 4): 2 medium spaghetti squashes 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 lb. ground chicken 1 14.5-oz can crushed tomatoes 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes Salt and pepper to taste 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese V...

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10 ways to save money on a gym membership

With a little planning, you can save big bucks on just about anything―even a gym membership. Here are 10 ways to get into a gym without spending a fortune. 1. Wait for the off-season January is not the best time to join the gym. Everyone has "exercise more" near the top of their list of new ye...

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Healthier Halloween treats: it's okay to be "that" house

There are many good reasons for skipping the candy on Halloween and opting for less sugar-packed treats. Maybe you want to do your part to make your community healthier. Maybe you just want to try something different this year. Whatever your reasons, we think you should go for it! To help, we've rou...

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14 delicious ways to enjoy autumn vegetables

We can't get enough of autumn vegetables and the warm, savory recipes they inspire. Soup, appetizers, roasts—it's all here, including some lesser-known veggies we hope you'll try. Turn up the heat with this curried broccoli couscous packed with protein. Smother lightly roasted Bruss...

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Staying fit through the holidays

'Tis the season to overindulge while visiting with loved ones near and far. Still, staying in control of your (or your child's) diabetes while having a good time is absolutely possible. Here are a few ideas to try as you bounce between holiday events. Schedule time to exercise, even if you have to cut back a bit due to other commitments. Need to skip the gym because you're shopping for presents? Maybe take a brisk walk as you shop. Know what's on the menu before you arrive at the party, and offer to bring a dish or two that you'll feel good about eating. Plan something to do besides h...

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