Although Texas – and the world – is making steps forward every day on opening back up, it is still just as important as ever to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19. The American Diabetes Association gave several and resources to help you stay safe this summer!
“The American Diabetes Association is working to make sure all who are affected by diabetes find resources and information as it relates to COVID-19,” said Rhonda Duchin, associate director of development for the North Texas ADA. “We have also made the decision to have all in-person events to virtual for the remainder of 2020. This includes our camps for children with Type 1 diabetes, Imagine Camp, as well as our major fundraiser for the year – the Tour de Cure.”
Duchin then provided the following resources for people:
General Information and Resources for People Living With Diabetes
- ADA Resources for Obtaining Insulin: https://insulinhelp.org/
- Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition (includes information on switching insulin, health insurance support, and emergency diabetes/medication supplies): https://www.diabetesdisasterresponse.org/resources
- Creating a Diabetes Disaster Plan: https://www.diabetesdisasterresponse.org/
Resources Around Diabetes and Covid-19
- ADA Resources Around COVID-19 and Diabetes: https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/treatment-care/planning-sick-days/coronavirus
- CDC COVID-19 page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- TX Department of Health COVID-19 page: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Online Community Information
- ADA Online Community & Support Group: https://community.diabetes.org/home
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADANorthTexas/
- Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/ADANorthTexas/
- The American Diabetes Association LinkedIn Page updated as needed: https://www.linkedin.com/company/american-diabetes-association/
Resources Around Mental Health
- ADA Resources: https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/mental-health
- Find a Mental Health Professional with a Demonstrated Competence in Treating the Mental Health Needs of People Living With Diabetes: https://professional.diabetes.org/mhp_listing
“COVID-19 reinforces the resolve of the American Diabetes Association-North Texas Chapter to stop the diabetes epidemic,” added Duchin. “Our local chapter understands that you may feel helpless in the face of this pandemic. You may be frustrated, bored, or emotionally overwhelmed. The good news is that you can alleviate some of those feelings by building or maintaining a healthy lifestyle! Below are helpful tools to stay positive, healthy, fit and informed.”
Here are some things you can do, according to Duchin:
Get Active: Outdoor exercise is great for you and permitted in most circumstances – just make sure you follow all quarantine orders, do not form groups and maintain the correct social distance from anyone else. Not sure how to get started? Start small with a walk around the block! If you don’t know what you can or can’t do, ask your doctor for guidance. The ADA can help you get started: https://www.diabetes.org/fitness/get-and-stay-fit.
Eat Right: Your diet is a powerful tool for fighting and preventing diabetes and other chronic diseases. You can find ADA-compliant nutrition information here: https://www.diabetes.org/nutrition.
If your “stay home” goal is to get reacquainted with your kitchen, the ADA Diabetes Food Hub offers ADA-compliant recipes, customized plates, quick meals and much more: https://www.diabetesfoodhub.org/.
Set Positive Goals and Join Tour de Cure: Distract yourself from COVID-19 by giving yourself something to look forward to! For the safety and wellness of the community, North Texas Tour de Cure is now a virtual event scheduled for Oct. 24, 2020. Now is the perfect time to join or form teams and start training, whether you walk, run or ride (please follow social distancing while training). Register today to join our fight against diabetes: www.diabetes.org/ntxtourdecure.
Stay Safe and Informed: It is imperative that we follow the health and safety guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), the World Health Organization (www.who.int), federal, state and local governments, and your own health care providers to minimize the spread of COVID-19.