D-Blog Day: Diabetes Awareness Month Step Tips Calendar

On November 9th, D-blog day, every year, bloggers join together to write about Diabetes. This coincides with November being American Diabetes Month and Nov. 14th being World Diabetes Day.

D-Blog Day

The American Diabetes Association wants to ask you “Why should you care about Diabetes?”.

Why do I care about Diabetes?

I care about diabetes because it has been rampant in my family. My grandmother, my grandfather, aunts and uncles. I want to make sure that I am healthy for my two sons and that they, themselves, do not develop diabetes.

With numbers like these below, many of us have diabetes or have family members with diabetes and that is why awareness is critical.

Nationwide: 23.6 million people – 7.8% of the population – have diabetes

  • Diagnosed: 17.9 million people
  • Undiagnosed: 5.7 million people

Your Child has a one in three chance of a future with diabetes.

WalkingSpree’s 30 Days to ask “Why you should care about Diabetes” calendar.

For Diabetes Awareness Month, you can download WalkingSpree’s Diabetes Awareness calendar with walking tips for posting in your workplace or on your fridge as a reminder of the importance of every step you take.

Controlling Diabetes

Walking is one of the best ways to control Type II diabetes and improving the health of diabetics.

A diabetes prevention study of more than 3,000 patients with impaired glucose tolerance (a pre-diabetes condition) showed that those who walked or exercised five times a week for 30 minutes lost between 5 and 7 percent of their body weight and reduced their risk of diabetes by 58 percent. Those over age 60 reduced their risk of diabetes by 71 percent, a result not matched by any drug used in the study.

In another study, diabetic patients who wore a pedometer for 3 months showed improvements in their fitness, blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and weight, and lost an average of more than 4 lbs each.

Reduce Health Care Costs

Research shows that approximately 20% of the population with diabetes incur 80% of healthcare costs. The better controlled a diabetic is, the lower the risk for developing long-term complications from diabetes-very expensive complications to treat, like retinopathy (eye disease), nephropathy (kidney disease), and neuropathy (nerve disease).


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Joe the Human Pedometer wins the Count Stepalot Halloween Challenge

We have to say that we were absolutely thrilled at the number of entries we received for this challenge. Thank you to each of you who took the time to enter the contest. We hope you had as much fun doing it as we did looking at all of them.

We would love to be able to show you all the photos, but there were just too many.

So congratulations to our winner Pete Manczyk as “Joe the Human Pedometer”. We loved your creativity and detail. Even including the USB port! Pete, you are the winner of a $30.00 Amazon Gift Certificate.

The runner up entry is from Sheila Anuszkiewicz with her “Walking is no “joking” matter entry. Well done. We almost felt like that pedometer could possibly explode or do all manner of nefarious things in true Joker style.

Honorable Mentions.

It was great to see such a diverse amount of entries from all our members. To those of you not shown, we say again. Thank you for sending them. We loved the 80′s style photos. We loved the vampires, the Britney Spears, the graveyards and so on.

Count Stepalot Halloween Challenge Video entry

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Daylight Savings Time and your Pedometer

Don’t forget to change the time back an hour in your pedometer today.

If you are using the Omron USB Pedometer (HJ-720IT) to change the time, press SET and hold it down until the hour start to flash.

Then using the MEMO button scroll through the time time is correct.

Please double check that you have the correct AM and PM or your pedometer will reset at noon instead of midnight.

Then use the SET button to scroll through the minutes, weight and stride length until it is back to steps.

Happy Stepping!

WalkingSpree Team

p.s. Don’t forget that Monday noon is the deadline for Halloween entries. The competition so far is stuff with some great creativity and fun photos.

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Count Stepalot’s Halloween Challenge – Win a $30.00 Amazon gift certificate

One step, two steps, three steps, 10,000 steps


Velcome my stepping friend!

Sound familiar?;)

It’s Halloween time again, a perfect way to take more steps and have fun at the same time. And if you’re likely dipping into the Halloween goodies, a great way to burn off some calories too. To help motivate you to take more steps this Halloween, whether it’s out walking with your kids from house to house, dancing up a storm at a Halloween party or traipsing to the door handing out treats, we’re offering you this challenge.

Send us a photo or a video of you wearing or holding your pedometer with some sort of Halloween theme in the picture and you’re eligible to win a $30.00 gift certificate from Amazon.com. You can be dressed up, or you can be in front of a Halloween decorated yard as long as it’s Halloween theme related. The winning photo or video will be posted on the WalkingSpree blog. You must have your pedometer showing in the photo or video or you won’t be eligible for the prize.

All entries must be in by noon EST. Monday, Nov. 3rd.

Send your entry to halloweensteps@walkingspree.com

Some tips to keep you on the straight and narrow this Halloween. Here’s a handy treats calorie calculator to figure out how many steps you need to walk off those calories.

Good luck and have fun!

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Vote for WalkingSpree in MyFamilyDoctor Twitter Contest

MyFamilyDoctor’s Twitter contest for a free magazine subscription is drawing to a close this Wednesday. WalkingSpree was thrilled to hear that one of our tweets was chosen for one of the “Favorite Creative Tip” options to vote for.

So go on over and vote for WalkingSpree’s tweet:

walkingspree: when I buy groceries with my kids, I take the opportunity to teach them about reading food labels”

or any of the tweets that you liked for that matter:) There are lots of great suggestions on how little steps add up to big effects in your health.

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