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Race days are fast-paced and exciting for jockey Chris Rosier, but they are also full of challenges and victories related to his life with Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Management & Supplies is giving Rosier, the only professional jockey with Type 1 diabetes racing in the United States, an opportunity to greatly impact the lives of children living with diabetes.
Rosier was born in San Diego, but he says he “grew up” at the horse tracks. He traveled and moved around quite a bit and now calls Haughton in Bossier Parish his home. While he has competed in big and small arenas, he has the distinction of racing in one of the biggest events of all, the Kentucky Derby. Rosier rode Summer Bird to a sixth-place finish in the 2009 Kentucky Derby.
Rosier has been riding professionally since he was 19, but found out he had diabetes when he was in his early 20s. His diagnosis came shortly after he broke his collarbone during a spill off a horse. Later, he was stricken by temporary blindness. Soon after, his doctors diagnosed him with Type 1 diabetes.
This summer, DMS will sponsor a series of appearances at diabetes camps for children. Rosier will participate in Camp AZDA (Arizona Diabetes Association) June 6-12 and return to Louisiana in July for Camp Victory, the diabetes session of the Lions Club camps for children with medical or special needs.
Rosier, the company’s “Face of Diabetes,” is a part of the DMS patient family and feels it is important that children and teenagers know that diabetes does not limit them from having and achieving dreams. Rosier controls his diabetes with the help of Insulin Pump therapy and Continuous Glucose Monitoring. He wears both the Medtronic Insulin Pump and Enlite Continuous Glucose Monitor supplied by DMS.
Race days are fast-paced and exciting for jockey Chris Rosier, but they are also full of the challenges and victories related to his life with Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Management & Supplies is inviting a group of young people with diabetes to meet Rosier, the only professional jockey with Type 1 diabetes racing in the United States today.
A Day at the Races will be held on Lundi Gras, the Monday before Mardi Gras at the Fairgrounds in New Orleans. The participants range from 6 to 17.
Rosier, the company’s “Face of Diabetes,” is a member of the DMS patient family and he wants young children and teenagers to know that having diabetes does not limit them from having and achieving their dreams. Rosier controls his diabetes and with the help of Insulin Pump therapy and Continuous Glucose Monitoring. He wears both the Medtronic Insulin Pump and Enlite Continuous Glucose Monitor supplied by DMS.
The day of the event, Rosier will lead a tour of the stable and paddock. After the big race, each tour participant will be invited into the Winner’s Circle to take pictures with the winning jockey and horse.
Rosier was born in San Diego, but he says he “grew up” at the horse tracks. He traveled and moved around quite a bit. He calls Haughton in Bossier Parish his home. While he has competed in big and small arenas, he has the distinction of racing in one of the biggest events of all, the Kentucky Derby. Rosier rode Summer Bird to a sixth-place finish in the 2009 Kentucky Derby.
Rosier has been riding professionally since he was 19, but found out that he had diabetes when he was in his early 20s. His diagnosis came shortly after he broke his collarbone during a spill off a horse. Later, he was stricken by temporary blindness. Soon after, his doctors diagnosed him with Type 1 diabetes.
He regained his health and strength, climbed back into the saddle and back into professional racing. He soon gained all the motivation he needed for his life and career. “I have three kids and a wife that support me and keep me going,” Rosier said.
Healthy eating and nutritional support are valuable assets for people living with diabetes. Chef John Wright of Diabetes Management & Supplies uses both his culinary knowledge and his personal experience with type 1 diabetes to provide meal-planning support and cooking demonstrations.
In a recent cooking demo, Chef Wright prepared a Breakfast Burrito while DMS dietician Ellen Smith, RD, LDN, explained the nutritional value of the meal and how participants can incorporate the dish in a healthy eating plan. The breakfast dish features two very lean protein sources – shrimp and eggs – as well as vitamin-rich bell peppers and whole wheat tortillas.
See slideshow below and full recipe and nutritional values: Breakfast Burrito.
Chef Wright, the DMS marketing and sales director, uses an insulin pump to help control his blood sugar and has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years. Follow Eating Wright through the following online features:
Live cooking demonstrations with nutritional support:
- 1st and 3rd Thursdays – Humana Guidance Center, Veterans Boulevard, Suite 2B, Metairie, LA, 70005
- (504) 219-6616
- 3rd Wednesdays August-December – Diabetes Management & Supplies, #10 Commerce Court, New Orleans, LA 70123 (504) 734-7165
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DMS offers diabetes self-management and diabetes education services. For more information on specific nutrition needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.
This past weekend, the American Diabetes Association honored four outstanding fathers in the metro New Orleans area and Diabetes Management & Supplies participated in this effort to promote proactive community leadership and the mission of the ADA.
The New Orleans Father’s Day Council hosted its first Father of the Year Awards Dinner June 13, 2013 at the W New Orleans. The Father’s Day Council has a dual mission: to identify and honor fathers who have balanced their personal lives while serving as role models making a positive difference in their community; and, to raise funds to benefit the American Diabetes Association and its mission to prevent/ cure diabetes and to improve lives of those affected by diabetes.
Father of the Year Awards Dinners are held all over the nation, but this was the inaugural event for the local council and its supporters.
New Orleans council honorees:
- Dr. Vivian Fonseca is past president, Medicine and Science, of the American Diabetes Association and professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is also a staff physician at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System. Fonseca has been an American Diabetes Association volunteer for more than 15 years, having served as chair of the Professional Practice Committee and a member of the Research Policy Committee and member of the National Board of Directors. In 2011, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Care, the journal for the health care practitioner that is intended to increase knowledge, stimulate research and promote better management of people with diabetes. (More on Dr. Fonesca)
- Michael J Markey is the vice president of operations for Healogics, a wound care management company specializing in managing outpatient wound care centers which treat non-healing wounds such as diabetic feet and ulcers. Prior to working at Healogics, Markey also worked at Touro Infirmary and as part of the transplant team at Tulane Medical Center. Markey is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Community Leadership Board and is active in several ADA special events and community outreach activities. (More on Michael Markey)
- Matt Murphy, executive chef and owner of The Irish House, is a pioneer in a new breed of culinary artistry that expands beyond the bounds of the kitchen. By age 14, the Dublin native was working in his grandfather’s restaurant and pastry shop. After studying culinary arts at the prestigious Cathal Brugha College, he worked in several countries before moving to New Orleans where he worked as Sous Chef at the world-renowned restaurant Commander’s Palace. Murphy acts as a mentor to students learning the hospitality industry at Café Hope and Café Reconcile, both culinary programs that teach life skills and offer on-the-job training programs for severely at-risk youths. (More on Matt Murphy)
- Sid Seruntine is a long-time supporter of the American Diabetes Association and lives with type 1 diabetes. Seruntine served as Operations Manager at world-famous Pat O’Briens Bar for 25 years before his retirement in 2008. After receiving his diagnosis in 1993, Sid decided that his diabetes would not hinder his ability to lead a full life. As a member and eventual coach of the local Team Diabetes marathon training group, Sid completed six marathons to raise funds for and more importantly awareness about diabetes. (More on Sid Seruntine)
The DMS corporate identity includes community leadership and involvement in and outside diabetes concerns. Its services include diabetes education and diabetes self-management training and it is a learning partner of the American Diabetes Association. For more information on specific diabetes education needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call 1-888-738-7929 .
The ADA Alert Day® — held on the fourth Tuesday of every March — is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.
By taking the test, you can also help further the work of the ADA. Boar’s Head® – a leading provider of premium delicatessen products – will donate $5 for every test taken to the American Diabetes Association starting March 26 through April 9, 2013, up to $50,000.
Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.
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The Diabetes Management & Supplies Foundation will host an inaugural charity golf tournament, “Take a Swing @Diabetes,” May 13 at the English Golf and Country Club in New Orleans. Registration will start at 11:30 with a 1 p.m. Shotgun Start. An awards presentation will immediately follow the conclusion of play.
Participants can register as individual players for $100 each or teams of four can register for $400. Click HERE for informational flier and printable registration form. Organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Shawn Musgrave at SMusgrave@DiabetesMS.com. Sponsorship levels and costs are listed below.
About the Foundation
The Diabetes Management & Supplies Foundation aspires to bolster the physical and emotional well-being of individuals from a broad range of effective nonprofits operating in the areas of health, medical research, community and social services.
The Foundation, established in 2011 as a 5013(c), is administrated by a board of trustees selected by the DMS executive group. Diabetes-focused organizations benefitting from the Foundation include the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Recognizing its obligation as a civic partner and good neighbor, the Foundation supports Metro New Orleans battered women’s and homeless shelters as well as nonprofits lending support to needy and under-privileged children. Diabetes Management & Supplies was founded in 1997 by pharmaceutical and medical device industry veteran, Cynthia Pazos. While helping her mother-in-law struggle with complications of diabetes, Cindy learned firsthand of the need for effective diabetes treatment and self-management.
The DMS model is simple: provide appropriate treatment, education and support that will make people with diabetes more effective in the self-management of their disease.
Today is World Diabetes Day, but don’t expect balloons and a celebration. World Diabetes Day is a call to action for individuals, healthcare providers and policy-makers who all need to educate themselves on the disease, promote effective diabetes management and aggressive diabetes prevention when possible.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80 percent of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
World Diabetes Day raises global awareness of diabetes, its spread around the world and prevention steps. The global focus, started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and WHO, is celebrated on 14 November to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetics.
For more on World Diabetes Day
You might think pasta and diabetes don’t mix, but Chef John Wright can excite all the senses while also promoting good dietary practices for diabetics. Chef Wright provided a live Pasta Jambalaya cooking demonstration during the New Orleans Step Out to Stop Diabetes walk and showed how whole wheat pasta, lean protein and fresh produce can yield a dish that’s good and good for you.
The American Diabetes Association explains that it is a common myth that diabetics can only eat small amounts of starchy foods such as bread, potatoes and pasta. In the ADA’s Diabetes Myth guide, it is explained that starchy foods are a part of a healthy meal plan.
What is important is the portion size. Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, peas and corn can be included in your meals and snacks. The key is portions. For most people with diabetes, having 3-4 servings of carbohydrate-containing foods per meal is about right. Whole grain starchy foods are also a good source of fiber, which helps keep your digestive system healthy.
Check out this post for Chef John Wright Pasta Jambalaya recipe!
ADA experts explain that Louisianans are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as thousands of people suffer from the disease, and many others may have diabetes and not know. It is estimated that one out of every three children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes.
DMS is one of a select number of messaging partners in the 2012 New Orleans Stop Diabetes Campaign. These groups and the Louisiana ADA are committed to educating the public about how to stop diabetes and support those living with the disease.