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kalimah bio Kalimah Johnson is a college professor, performance poet, and activist. She is a consultant and advisor to sexual assault/domestic violence agencies through Michigan. She previously worked for the Detroit Police Department/Rape Counseling Center in Wayne County. She has been active in the movement to end violence against women for 16 years.

Kalimah graduated from Wayne State University and earned both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work and owns and operates a full service natural hair care salon in Detroit. She is a slam poet and spoken word artist and has performed around the country promoting women's issues and covering topics such as misogyny, racism, empowerment, advocacy, survival and activism. Kalimah was the recipient of the Feminist of the Year Award from the National Organization of Women. She is also the past Chair of the Women of Color Task Force/MCADSV and participates in volunteerism by providing training and workshops for various organizations. She is the founder of a new non-profit organization, SASHA Center, which provides culturally sensitive support group services to survivors of sexual assault. She also provides training to her beloved Detroit Lions NFL team on relationship safety and other personal issues. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Marygrove College in Detroit and teaches topics on social work practice methods, community and organizational change, and HIV/AIDS.

The End of a Magnificent Journey
The final column of "Get It Together Sugar"

Happy Fruit and Veggies Month!
Now's the perfect time to start eating more of nature's offerings

Sound the Alarms!
Keeping cool about weight gain can be the first step in countering it

Newfound Freedom
Making positive changes in a diabetes lifestyle

Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!
Making time for yourself and those around you is no easy feat

Ignoring the Symptoms of Diabetes Complications
When a health scare kicks your diabetes management back into gear

A Gift Worth More Than Gold
Remembering two iconic musicians with diabetes

The Temptations of Travel
Getting by with a little help from a friend

The Long Term
Taking care of my type 2 and staying healthy along the way

Reflecting on 2013
Community efforts and diabetes work pay off big

Weight Loss Surgery: Long-Term Maintenance
Keeping the weight off and living a healthy, happy life.

Weight Loss Surgery Series: Part 2
Ups and downs of post-surgery life.

Weight Loss Surgery: Before, During, and After
Part 1 of a series: Beginning the journey to bariatric surgery.

Eating on Special Occasions
Staying on track in the face of temptation.

Why Walking Will Work Wonders
Sometimes keeping it simple is the best way to make progress.

Hydration Station
Why water is such an important part of my diabetes life.

School Year Resolutions
Having the determination to make healthier choices this fall.

A New Diagnosis
Helping a friend cope with her type 2 diagnosis.

When You Both Have Diabetes
Learning how to better manage the disease with your partner.

I Declare!
Admitting to the struggles I face trying to manage my diabetes.

My Trip to Africa
Maintaining good habits while traveling abroad.

Traveling with Type 2 Diabetes
Tips from my dietitian.

A Will to Change
Making changes for better health, longevity, and my type 2 diabetes.

Reassessing My Journey
Taking stock of my life when the numbers don't work.

I Ain't Having It
A Valentine for my diabetes.

The Year in Review
A look back on the diabetes events of 2010.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
A holiday season prayer for change.

Managing Type 2 Diabetes in an Urban Environment
Diabetes obstacles in Detroit.

10 Must-Haves for a Healthy Type 2 Diabetic Life
Don't miss out on those memorable moments.

Summertime Reality Check
Facing the consequences of diabetes denial.

Getting Unstuck
After a few difficult months I am afraid of getting my A1c results.

Learning to Love It
Looking on the bright side of a type 2 diagnosis.

Get on the Good Foot!
So many reasons to take care of my feet.

The Routine of Things
Getting back to the routine and back on track.

Trip of a Lifetime
Planning, preparing, and traveling abroad with diabetes.

No Excuse for Ignorance
Talking about health care, privacy, and domestic partnerships – AND diabetes.

Brushing Off the Blues
When it comes to diabetes, spring isn't the only time for cleaning.

To be Black, Gifted, and Diabetic
Honoring heroes with diabetes, and African Americans who have made a difference.

Let's Get it Started
Taking better care of my type 2 diabetes in 2009!

Diabetic Etiquette
When my diabetic status is your business.

I'm Ecstatic
Having type 2 diabetes can touch the politics of our lives.

Rest and Test
Making small changes for big diabetes management improvements.

A Little Sugar
Diabetes can be a journey towards good health, starting with one step.

See Kalimah Johnson on dLifeTV.

Slam Poet Kalimah Johnson

dLife's Daily Living columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team to find out what will work best for you.

Last Modified Date: February 04, 2016

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by Brenda Bell
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...
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