Diabetes News

Walk for Health…
Walk for Life

Saturday, February 5th, 2005: California on the Move in Santa BarbaraTM will hold its first annual track walk to promote physical fitness. Join the fun in this FREE event featuring a health fair with health assessments, give-aways, entertainment and refreshments. Plus learn easy ways to increase your physical activity and eat sensibly.

Saturday, February 5th
9am to 1pm
Santa Barbara City College’s
La Playa Stadium

For more information contact Meyer Salmoni, 805.687.5586

Learn more about America On The Move.

This event is sponsored by the DRC, Rotary Clubs of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College, with support from Cottage Health System and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

It is estimated that one-third of the people who have diabetes in Santa Barbara County don’t even know they have it. With proper management, the complications of diabetes can be prevented or delayed. If you or your children are at risk of developing diabetes because of family history, there are things you can do now to delay or prevent its onset. Members of the community are encouraged to attend future events shown on these pages to learn what can be done, and to visit our Education and Community Resource pages.

DRC Events and Activities Archive

Follows is a Summary of Events and Activities in which the DRC has participated.
Most recent events are shown first.

November, 2003

Passion, Concern, and Hope… A Community ComesTogether and Gets on The Move

The Launch of California on the Move in Santa BarbaraTM
On November 8th, 2003, the DRC and the City of Santa Barbara officially introduced the community to California on the Move in Santa BarbaraTM. There was great support and enthusiasm for Santa Barbara’s affiliation with the national organization, America on the MoveTM. The event was attended by many Santa Barbara area residents, as well as community partners who offered information at their booths on health, nutrition and fitness related issues. The UCSB Women Gauchos, who serve as role models in the community, offered autographed basketballs to children attending the event. The many speakers shared their common goals for a healthier Santa Barbara. Among those who spoke were:

Michael Fisher, MD, DRC President
Hannah Beth Jackson, Assemblywoman, 35th District
Marty Blum, Santa Barbara City Mayor
Lois Capps, Congresswoman
Debbie Flores, Superintendent, Santa Barbara City School District
David Pettit, MD, Senior Scientist, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
Roger Heroux, Director of Santa Barbara County Health Services
Mark French, Coach, UCSB Women’s Basketball Team
Fema Lifshitz, MD, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
Gloria Desales, Nutrition Advisor

Truly an inspiration to those attending the Kick-Off event was Santa Barbara City Mayor, Marty Blum, who announced that since July, she had been wearing the pedometer given to her by the DRC. She found it to be a useful tool to increase the number of steps she took daily and had been paying more attention to the food she was eating. She told the crowd that not only had she lost weight, but she also felt more energetic and was having fun being on the move. Mayor Blum then shared the number of steps she had walked that moming. With a smile on her face, she told enthused onlookers that she was proud to challenge other mayors in the county to get their cities on the move.

To promote getting children on the move, Superintendent of Santa Barbara City Schools, Debbie Flores, shared her commitment to the initiative and believes such an effort could easily be tied into school programs that enhance healthy lifestyles. She was pleased to see so many schools represented at the event, as the day’s cause was one that she cared deeply about: healthy nutrition and fitness. To help Santa Barbara’s schools begin “On the Move” programs, the DRC donated pedometers to La Cumbre Middle School, La Colina Junior High School, Goleta Valley Junior High School, Montecito Union School and Notre Dame School.

As the event came to a close, Congresswoman Lois Capps led Santa Barbarans on their first 2000 steps in front of City Hall. The crowd was on the move to the beat of the UCSB Gaucho Band! All had a great time. The event marked an excellent start for California on the Move in Santa BarbaraTM.

Learn more about America on the Move.

September, 2003

Seeking Solutions… A Turning Point for Santa Barbara. “An Idea Whose Time Has Come.”

To seek solutions to the rise in incidence of overweight, obesity, and the related chronic health conditions plaguing our community, the DRC hosted a luncheon on September 5th, 2003, that marked a turning point for our county. Here the vision of a “healthier” Santa Barbara was shared. All those in attendance received pedometers and were given the opportunity to hear about the initiative being launched by America on the MoveTM. Speakers from various community sectors passionately voiced their concerns regarding the health of our residents and the hope that we might come together to promote active living and healthy eating in Santa Barbara County, and included the following:

Marty Blum, Santa Barbara City Mayor
Roger Heroux, Director of Santa Barbara County Health Services
David Welton, MD, Cardiologist, Sansum-SB Medical Foundation Clinic
Daniel Berger, MD, Endocrinologist, Sansum-SB Medical Foundation Clinic
Michael Fisher, MD, DRC President
Meyer Salmoni, DRC Executive Director
Susan Horne, Partners for Fit Youth

The concern was great and the support– overwhelming. A commitment to breaking the cycle of obesity, along with its related consequences, was made by those who attended the luncheon. The decision to bring the initiative of America On The Move to Santa Barbara County was applauded and hailed as an idea whose time has come.

February, 2003
Two local programs receive financial assistance from the DRC:
Partners for Fit Youth is a community coalition to address childhood obesity, whose goals are to promote lifelong wellness and foster obesity prevention for youth. The coalition’s School Nutrition Advisory Councils are set up through the Santa Barbara County Health Department, said spokesperson Anne Patterson MPH, RD.

A grant was made to the organization, SPARK (Sports, Play, Active Recreation for Kids) to purchase athletic equipment for a physical fitness training program targeting providers to area lower income children. The equipment will be used after the September 20 demonstration training for ongoing programs in Santa Maria involving non-competitive physical fitness activities for children.

Thursday, January 9, 2003
7pm to 9pm
The DRC proudly announces Project Esperanza.
Many in our community are touched by diabetes and it is the goal of our organization to provide education, support and hope to those individuals and families. We invite you and your family to join us for a town meeting where we will talk about diabetes and highlight our new community based program, Project Esperanza.

Keynote speaker:
Daniel N. Berger MD, Endocrinologist
Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic

Together we can prevent or delay diabetes and its complications now and in the future.

Location: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Dolores Hall
21 E. Sola Street, Santa Barbara
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2003
Time: 7 pm to 9pm; refreshments will be provided.
Fee: There is no cost to participate in Project Esperanza.

Thursday, November 7th, 2002 10:00-12:00 pm
One Day Class:
The Diabetes-Stress Connection: Understanding and Coping
Taught by Earlene deMoulpied
Goleta Valley Hospital Medical Building
Ashton Education Center
Sponsored by the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, DRC, Area Agency on Aging, St. Francis Medical Center, Braille Institute of Santa Barbara and the OMEGA program of SBCC Continuing Education Division.

December, 2002
DRC approved a grant for the Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic CHAMP Program, “Weight Management for Children”. The program was directed at 9 to 12 year olds and their parents, and spanned eight weeks starting in January of 2003. Gail Ward, Health Education Coordinator, was the spokesperson for the program.

Wednesdays, Oct. 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 2002
Diabetes Management and Control in Spanish
Lyda Martin RN Diabetes Nurse Educator
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Community Auditorium
Corner of Nopal and Montecito Streets.

Thursday, September 12th, 2002
The DRC published its first newsletter, Esperanza. The eight-page publication is available in both English and Spanish at numerous health clinics around town.

If you would like to receive the printed newsletter and cannot print from your computer, please call the DRC with your mailing address and specify, English or Spanish version. 805.687.5586

Friday, August 9th, 2002
The DRC held its first-ever gala fundraiser, “Festival of Hope.” The benefit event was held at the Coral Casino, Four Seasons Biltmore, with Larry Crandell presiding over the festivities as only he could. The evening featured several very gifted artists in music and dance.

One hundred eighty people attended the cocktail dinner party honoring Congresswoman Lois Capps and Dr. Lois Jovanovic. These two leaders in the fields of health care and community enrichment are local luminaries who have carried the torch of hope to all those affected by diabetes. The benefit was a resounding success.

This fundraiser was particularly important to our community as Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in Santa Barbara County. Of the approximately 33,000 people with diabetes, 22,000 are diagnosed and 11,000 remain undiagnosed. Another 32,000 are considered pre-diabetic which means they meet the conditions to become diabetic and will need to be diagnosed. When diabetes is not controlled, it has serious complications that ravage the body including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart disease, kidney failure that leads to dialysis, severe depression, nerve damage, blindness, and amputation of the extremities.

The event helped the DRC raise funds to reach out to the community to provide education about and screening for diabetes. The organization’s goal is to help those in need to receive medical attention and nutritional guidance, as well as learn about the benefits of exercise for a healthy life. All support given the DRC is used locally.

Saturday, May 18th, 2002
Santa Barbara City College Adult Education Program
Wake Center Kitchen
“Creative Diabetes Cooking”
Come experience how easy it is to cook meals that you and your family will enjoy– whether you have diabetes or not. Foods will be prepared that contain adequate protein, fat, and fiber to control blood sugar in proper target zones. The class will discuss healthy and satisfying foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whether eating at home or in restaurants. The class is taught by Gerri French RD, MS, and will also cover the latest information on sugar substitutes.

Spring, 2002
The DRC plans to launch its Newsletter, with both a printed and on line version available, in Spanish and in English.

Saturday May 11th, 2002
9:00 am to noon.
Schott Center
Children’s Weight Conference
Keynote speaker: Lois Javanovic MD, Sansum Medical Research Institute (SMRI), Director and Chief Scientific Officer.
Information available at Schott Center, 805.687.0812 or SMRI 805.682.7638

April 12th through May 24th, 2002
Santa Barbara City College Adult Education Program
La Casa de la Raza
“Cooking and Eating Nutritionally”
Co-sponsored by the DRC and La Casa de la Raza, this bilingual class in healthy cooking and nutrition is offered to individuals wishing to learn more about the food pyramid, low-fat food choices, diabetes prevention and the importance of healthy food choices for both adults and children. The class is taught by Gloria Desales BSN, a nutritional consultant and excellent cook, and will take palce at La Casa de la Raza from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, 12 April for 8 consecutive Fridays.

en español:
Cocindando y Comiendo Nutritivamente
El Centro Contra la Diabetes del Condado de Santa Barbara y La Casa de la Raza son orgullosos de ofrecer una clase de sobre la nutrición y preparación de comida sana. Esta clase está ofrecido a los personas que quieren aprender más sobre la pirámide de la comida, eleciones de comida de baja-grasa, la prevención de la diabetes, y la importancia de la comida sana para ambos adultos y niños. Esta clase está enseñado pro Gloria Desales BS. ¡Ella es una consultante en la nutrición y cocinera excellente!
Abril 12 (8 viernes) 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
La Casa de la RazaMarch 22nd, 2000 Martha Wilkins MS, RD, CDE represented the DRC at a “Discharge Planning and Diabetes Training” conference at the Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority (SBRHA) offices in Goleta. The SBRHA is the local administrator of Medi-Cal through Santa Barbara Health Initiative (SBHI).

April 11th through May 9th, 2002
Santa Barbara City College Adult Education Program
Schott Center
“Diabetes Basics: Feel Better, Stay Healthy” is the title of a class taught by Carol Nelson RN, BSN, CDE. Convening in Room 4 of the Schott Center at 5:15pm on Thursday, 11 April, the class will meet for 6 consecutive Thursdays, and cover:

  • What is Diabetes?
  • Medications
  • Monitoring
  • Nutrition
  • Daily Management

Winter, 2001 – 2002
A Diabetes Management Teen Support Group was implemented by Pamela Beckman Lyon.

November, 2001
Diabetes Management and Prevention classes were held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church, by Lyda Martin RN, and Elly Walters-Bible RN.

Fall, 2001
Individual counseling for Diabetes management began being offered at the DRC offices in downtown Santa Barbara, by Kimberly Yorke and Pamela Beckman Lyon

Summer, 2001
The DRC, in negotiations with SB Neighborhood Clinics, placed a Certified Diabetes Educator at the Carrillo Clinic, with a Registered Dietician and Psychosocial Counselor to follow.

March – July, 2001
Nutrition and cooking classes, sponsored at Casa de la Raza and Franklin Elementary School.

June 10th, 2001
Health Fair and screening held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, evaluating 140 individuals. 25 of those screened were identified as at risk, and were referred for further evaluation.

May 20th, 2001
Health Fair held at City College.

May, 2001
The DRC participated in a health fair held at Casa Dorinda for residents and staff, and distributed Diabetes materials in both English and Spanish.

April, 2001
A bilingual presentation on Diabetes Basics was given to a Goleta biotech firm by Patricia Saragosa and Connie Logan RD.

March, 2001
Diabetes Education talk was given to critical care nurses at Cottage Hospital, conducted by Dr. Michael Fisher and Meyer Salmoni, Executive Director of the DRC.

February 17th, 2001
Diabetes Education talk was given to biotech workers at Cottage Hospital, conducted by Kimberly Yorke CDE and Joanne Bishop RD.

February 5th, 2001
Afternoon Tea with Representative Lois Capps and the DRC Board.

January 2001
Throughout the month, Earlene deMoulpied and Pamela Beckman Lyon headed a workshop for Santa Barbara City College – Project Omega, entitled “Tending the Elderly Diabetic Soul.”

January 7th, 2001
An educational talk by Earlene deMoulpied and Pamela Beckman Lyon was given at the Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, entitled “Diabetes and the Elderly.”

December 2nd, 2000
A support group led by Earlene deMoulpied and Pamela Beckman Lyon was held at the DRC for individuals with diabetes and their families.

After Church Program Initiated at Our Lady of Sorrows

On Sunday, November 19th, 2000 the DRC sponsored a Health Fair for the church community at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, located at Sola and Anacapa Streets in downtown Santa Barbara. The event was considered to be a resounding success, according to Meyer Salmoni, Executive Director of the DRC. 140 people were screened for diabetes risk at the event, with fifteen found to be at risk, and referred to their health care providers for further counselling or treatment.
Prior to coming to Our Lady of Sorrows, Father Luis Quihuis had extensive experience in San Francisco involving diabetes programs in the church setting, and is commited to an ongoing screening program at the church,

DRC Launches School Outreach Program with Evening Fiesta

On Wednesday, October 4th, 2000, from 5:00 to 7:30 PM at La Cumbre Middle School, the DRC hosted its first major event, which Center Director Dr. Michael Fisher described as a “Welcome Back to School Fiesta” featuring healthy Mexican cuisine, music and dancing. Students and their parents were invited, and center volunteers were available to speak with participants about diabetes prevention. Involved members of our coalition attended the affair, as well as other partners of the Healthy Start Coalition.

March 29th, 2000 Carol Henderson Nelson RN, CDE and Martha Wilkins MS, RD, CDE presented a seminar on diabetes management to the Parish Nurses at St. Francis Medical Center.

May 5th, 2000 Martha Wilkins MS, RD, CDE presented an overview of the DRC program and goals to 45 district school nurses at their annual conference at Lake Cachuma.