Divabetic: Bettering Lives, One Feather Boa at a Time
When you think "diabetes management," do you think pink feather boas? Do you think music and makeovers? Do you picture intimate discussions, peals of laughter, and some good, old-fashioned pow-wowing?
Walking into Gotham Hall in New York City for the Novo Nordisk Presents: Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes event, I was greeted by the sounds of excited chatter and women with big smiles, accompanied by even bigger feather boas.
My interest was peaked. Instead of tables cramped with meters and cookbooks, there were kiosks that both people with and without diabetes could get excited about. Look at all those makeover tables! And the waiters with their trays of delicious goodies (with the carbohydrate content carefully advertised)! How about those gorgeous models – hey, is that one wearing an insulin pump?
Divabetic was inspired by Luther Vandross and created in 2004 by his personal assistant, Max Szadek. Divabetic provides a way to find answers, feel inspired, and learn new ways to live well with diabetes. A community-based organization which provides diabetes education and encouragement to women living with, at risk of, of affected by diabetes, Divabetic is one of those events you have to see to believe.
I had the pleasure of meeting Max and his grin was contagious. "This is amazing!" I said. "The positive message here is overwhelming." He confirmed by flashing a smile and waving his hands in front of him, towards the beauty bazaar. "All this. I'm so proud."
Max asserted that the positive responses from attendees have been overwhelming for the New York launch. "There's a critical need to teach people about diabetes management in a new way, without the ho hum presentation," he offered, also adding that he's excited to have Novo Nordisk and Divabetic teaming up for another five events planned across the country this year.
Olive-Stufffed Goat Cheese Bites Artichoke Caprese Platter Salad With Mustard Vinaigrette Pickle and Macaroni Salad Creamy Mushroom Chicken Superb Salmon Steaks Melon Salad With Citrus Mint Dressing Roasted Pepper Bites Zesty Pork Fajitas Mango-Papaya Rice Ambrosia
I had a work dinner last night with some leadership from my office. I always find diabetes etiquette at these things to be kind of tricky. It was a four course meal, with salad, soup, entree' and dessert and coffee. There was also a selection of gluten free and non-gluten free dinner rolls. I felt way too full of questions for waitress... "Could I get my dressing on the side? How much sugar is in it?" A course later...