May eNews | Is there a Strong link between Diabetes and Earth Health?

Happy May

We loved celebrating Earth Day with all of you. Your response to our “PocketCard for a Planet Pledge campaign” knocked our socks off. Over 900 people committed to taking action for the Earth. Plus, hundreds of you added our own ideas. We decided to continue the planetary PocketCard party for one more week because we love our community!

This month’s newsletter explores the link between climate change and diabetes from a personal and community level. We provide ideas for prevention, preparation, and actions to take in case of a climate-related disaster. People with diabetes are especially vulnerable during extreme climate events and helping ready them for disasters can save lives.

In addition, we highlight a recent study that demonstrates reducing four risk factors improves outcomes, which is great news to share.

Living with diabetes can be overwhelming. Messages of hope for people with diabetes can provide motivation to continue with self-care during those hard times.

Lastly, I would like to dedicate this newsletter to a very special person. Ruth always showed up to our diabetes support group with the energy of two people and the mental clarity of someone half her age. Around this time of year, she would distribute Emergency Preparedness materials and would carefully review the exit routes out of Paradise in case of fire. She would go around the room and ask each person if they had their emergency bag ready. For each of the seventeen years that I ran that support group before the hospital and town burned down, Ruth gave the same impassioned spiel. I can only imagine how many lives she saved.

May we all embody the spirit of Ruth as we move forward on this journey. With wishes for health and wonderment,

Beverly, Bryanna, Jackson, and Amanda


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First awarded in 1986, as Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential and in 2020 with a new name: Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) to more accurately reflect the specialty. CDCES has become a standard of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education. Those who hold this certification are known to possess comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, management, and prediabetes.

Becoming a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) is one of the best professional and personal decisions I have ever made.” – Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM


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The best part of becoming a CDCES is working with my colleagues and people living with diabetes. As diabetes educators, we hear compelling and beautiful life stories. I am astounded by the barriers they face and inspired by their adaptability, problem-solving skills, and resilience.

– Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM

Reason 1: CDCES is a widely recognized certification by employers and health care professionals throughout the U.S.  This credential demonstrates a specialized and in-depth knowledge in the prevention and treatment of individuals living with pre-diabetes and diabetes.

Reason 2: Currently, 10% of people in the U.S. have diabetes and another 35% have pre-diabetes which means 45% of Americans are running around with elevated blood glucose levels.  Given this epidemic, there will be plenty of future job opportunities.

Reason 3: Having my CDCES along with my nursing degree, has opened many doors of opportunity; from working as an inpatient Diabetes Nurse Specialist in a hospital to working as a Manager of Diabetes Education in the outpatient setting to starting my own consulting company.


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