Celebrating National Nutrition Month with a New Community Contest

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2012-03-19 17:45:47 -0500
Started 2012-02-29 23:59:49 -0600

We know it can be difficult to stay on top of healthy eating habits. But do you think a chance to win up to $200 might help motivate you?

We want to celebrate March, which is National Nutrition Month, with a fun contest to encourage members to share their healthy choices and ideas for healthy eating. The contest will be held on Sleep Connect, Diabetic Connect, Heart Connect, Arthritis Connect, and Obesity Connect.

Here’s how it works. Once a day, update your status (on your profile page) with info about what you’re doing to eat healthier. To help us track entries, please begin each update with “HealthyEats:” That’s it!

Here’s how the prizes will work:
To be entered in the drawing for the $50 gift card,
you must update your status on 7 days or more in March.

To be entered in the drawing for the $100 gift card,
you must update your status on 14 days or more in March.

To be entered in the drawing for the $200 gift card,
you must update your status on 21 days or more in March.

Here is a short video showing how to update your status.

Here is a link to the official contest rules.

52 replies

EdnaShukis 2012-03-07 13:00:16 -0600 Report

Healthy East - I feel great today, a lot less pain, got my long acting shot yesterday and it is starting to work. I am still struggling with my late night eating but am choosing healthier snacks! That's a start

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2012-03-11 17:13:53 -0500 Report

Hi Edna, how are you, I do apologize for such a late response! I unfortunately, I had a stomach virus since Tuesday, and boy I had a very long week!! Thank GOD I'm feeling much better now. I just want to encourage you, at least you're on your way to healthy eating, hang in there, it will pay off!!!!

jayabee52 2012-03-07 13:07:29 -0600 Report

Edna, this is not the place to enter the contest, if that was your intent. Go to the text box (right above the smilies) in YOUR profile, start out with "Healthy Eats" and then post the entry there!

EdnaShukis 2012-03-07 13:23:05 -0600 Report

Thanks Jayabee52, I have been posting it both places to be sure I am in the right place… I will try to remember PROFILE! Thanks again

jayabee52 2012-03-08 11:32:10 -0600 Report

Agreed! I am not looking to shorten my life, (that's God's department) but when I do go, I expect my retirement benefits to be "out of this world", LoL!

EdnaShukis 2012-03-06 07:32:49 -0600 Report

Today I am going to not gorge after dinner, I know I need a snack but then I have eaten out of control in the evenings… My FBS was 210 today??? From eating too much last night or did I forget my insulin last night? I don't think so. Any suggestions for the late night munchies?

EdnaShukis 2012-03-06 16:40:53 -0600 Report

OK I remember what I ate last night and they were delicious, but not delicious enough to have a FBS of 210… Ugh Ugh I ate ice cream and had a Strawberry/Banana smoothie, at least I didn't forget my insulin, I have a system to help me remember and it worked… I just didn't know for sure when I woke up in a fog. LOL I forget sometimes even after all these years I can't eat like normal people.

jayabee52 2012-03-06 20:43:45 -0600 Report

I know it is too late now, but whenever I had a higher reading, I want to wash my hands with soap and water and dry them thrououghly.

Often my numbers are up because there's a residue of something on my fingers which raises my Blood Glucose readings. If I get a higher than expected reading, I often retest. I am learning to wash and dry fingers now before I test the first time!

EdnaShukis 2012-03-07 12:56:11 -0600 Report

Great answer, Yes you are so right and I will remember when I get a high reading like that… So true… I try to always wash them before I test but I did not do that, it was so unexpected when my fastings have been between 86 and 84 Thanks Jayabee52

dietcherry 2012-03-05 23:31:14 -0600 Report

Hey John? What kinds of posts should be making exactly??? Ive seen members post their meals for each day; is this okay? Or should we be doing something different? I wrote about starting fiber to increase insulin sensitivity—is that okay?? Thanks!

John Crowley
John Crowley 2012-03-19 17:45:47 -0500 Report

Sorry, I totally missed this question somehow.

Posting what you're eating or what you're changing are both perfectly acceptable. We really just want to encourage people to think and talk about making healthy changes to their diet.

Let me know if you have any more questions.


EdnaShukis 2012-03-05 17:30:12 -0600 Report

OK I give up where do I find Healthy Eats?

Caroltoo 2012-03-05 18:33:56 -0600 Report

Go to the top of this page where it says "how do you feel?" Type in "Healthy Eats" to flag it for them, and then tell them what you have done today that is healthy eating. Some of us tuck in other health related comments like exercise also.

Young1s 2012-03-05 17:56:50 -0600 Report

It's for you to create in your profile. All you have to do is go your profile page and post in the box that says How Do You Feel. Start it with "Healthy Eats:" and go from there to state what it is you're eating healthy that day or doing to eat healthier.

EdnaShukis 2012-03-05 16:49:17 -0600 Report

jayabee52 - Thanks for reminding me to read the rules, somehow I missed that! UGH… I have been posting everyday but not specific to the healthyeats, so I will have to read up on that. I have been posting my meals every day in the 21day guide. :>) so on I go to read about healthy eats… I am so excited about this change to get more healthy and if I would win the contest that would be just a bonus!

EdnaShukis 2012-03-05 16:32:22 -0600 Report

Today I have refined my goals a little more and define them and helped to put a time line to them. My pre dinner BS 120 My Weight 234. I have also decided to get my hug badge so all y'all gonna get a big big HUG! :)

EdnaShukis 2012-03-04 09:04:15 -0600 Report

3/4/12 Feeling a little more in control… I am going to church and that always helps. my bs was 84 this am :>)

EdnaShukis 2012-03-04 02:10:21 -0600 Report

Are we to post the 21 day challenge when we finish?

jayabee52 2012-03-04 15:17:54 -0600 Report

no not that I am aware Edna.

The days you post this on your profile wall do NOT have to be consecutive days as I understand, just the total days should be 21 if you want to be in the running for the biggest prize. Read the rules (link at bottom in original post) There are lesser prizes available also.

EdnaShukis 2012-03-05 16:34:10 -0600 Report

thanks jayabee52, I have been posting hear as this is the contest discussion but I will read the rules again. I am feeling better about my self but there is lots of need for improvement. I read Dr. Gary's article and that helped me immensely.

EdnaShukis 2012-03-03 17:10:01 -0600 Report

Thanks for this challenge, even if I don't win, I will be a winner by being more healthy. My Goal for today will to read the 21 day guide… As I read this I will be thinking of other goals and my long term goal is definitely to get my diabetes in better control and A!c of 6 or lower! Edna

GabbyPA 2012-03-02 09:32:32 -0600 Report

Daily accountability is a great way to start new habits and this is even better. Thanks. I was wondering if we were going to have a contest come up again. The community really seems to enjoy them.

EdnaShukis 2012-03-05 16:35:47 -0600 Report

You are so right Gabby, esp about the new habits can be formed in 21days, I am very hopeful and want to give you a big hug too!

Young1s 2012-03-01 15:13:25 -0600 Report

Sounds great. May even inspire some of us to do better and stick with it. I've heard many of times that it only take 21 days for your body to get used to a change in your sleeping habits. Maybe the same could hold true for eating as well.

EdnaShukis 2012-03-05 16:37:15 -0600 Report

Yes, you are so right. I have done a lot of research and consistently trying to improve for 21 days really helps… however when the 21 days are up you need to continue to reinforce you new found habits. Good Luck to you Young1s and a big Hug for you too! :>)

jayabee52 2012-03-01 15:15:15 -0600 Report

note the link on the upper left for the "21 days guide", Patricia!

Gambling 2012-03-01 14:51:52 -0600 Report

Great incentive for all of us. Good luck everyone and thanks for the Community Contest

EdnaShukis 2012-03-05 16:38:39 -0600 Report

Gambling, good luck to you too and I am also thankful for the Community Contest, it was right there when I needed it so much. Hugs.

Caroltoo 2012-03-01 14:40:49 -0600 Report

Thanks for this motivational opportunity. I think most of us, myself very much included, need all the motivation we can get to stay on whatever "diet" we feel is healthy and helpful for us. Thanks to you and Alliance for thinking of this!!

EdnaShukis 2012-03-05 16:40:06 -0600 Report

Caroltoo I so agree and I like to call it a way of eating, to me that removes a lot of the stigma of "diet" and I don't beat my self up when I eat off plan so there is not so much guilt. but I do Have to get back on the correct way of eating.

flipmom 2012-03-01 00:35:13 -0600 Report

Thats awesome! I want to participate and its really a great idea to keep track and get motivated in eating healthy and losing weight!! yay!!

EdnaShukis 2012-03-05 16:41:26 -0600 Report

That is a nice positive way to approach it and I wish you luck in Kissing Diabetes Goodbye, what a nice Avatar… Hugs

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