November 2014 Newsletter

Description: Diabetes Awareness Month

During this season, the emphasis is on giving thanks and spending time with family. Although November was National Diabetes Month, it is important to be aware of all of the foods we consume during this holiday season. Diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose is too high. The 2 main types of diabetes are:

Type 1 Diabetes – the body does not make insulin. Insulin helps the body use glucose from food for energy. People with type 1 need to take insulin every day.

Type 2 Diabetes – the body does not make or use insulin well. People with type 2 often need to take pills or insulin. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes – may occur when a woman is pregnant. Gestational diabetes raises her risk of getting another type of diabetes, mostly type 2, for the rest of her life. It also raises her child’s risk of being overweight and getting diabetes.

This disease, although it affects many people, is preventable. Certain biological and lifestyle factors may place you at greater risk of developing diabetes. These include:

Description: Diabetest Awareness Month Ribbon

  • Being 45 years of age or older.
  • Having a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes.
  • Being African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander.
  • Being told that your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are higher than normal.
  • Blood pressure is 140/90 or higher.
  • Cholesterol (lipid) levels are not normal. HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol) is less than 35 or triglyceride level is higher than 250.
  • Being fairly inactive. Participating in physical activity less than three times a week.

“During this Holiday Season, adjusting your diet can have significant effects in reducing your risk of developing diabetes or in the progression of your condition if you already have diabetes. Try healthier versions of your favorite holiday foods. When cooking, ask yourself: “Will the casserole taste just as good with fat-free or light sour cream instead of regular?” “Can I steam green beans instead of sautéing in butter?” Try using a little less sugar in your fruit pie. The natural sweetness of the fruit doesn’t require a lot of added sugar. Eat smaller portions of the Thanksgiving foods that are traditionally high in carbohydrates. Small changes in your eating habits can have a great effect in reducing your risk of developing diabetes and controlling your condition if you already have diabetes.

Description: Christmas Toy Drive

Christmas Toy Drive

Until December 12, ALL Therapy DC will be collecting unwrapped toys to be donated to the patients of the Hospital for Sick Children. The hospital has provided a wish list of items that are needed for the children, which has been attached to this email. If you are interested in donating a gift, please contact our staff at (202)832-5578 or bring in your donation to our office at 1201 Franklin St. NE Suite 105, Washington DC, 20017.

Our Delaware office will be sponsoring a family in need of donations this Christmas. If you are interested in donating a gift, please contact our staff at (302)376-5578 to inquire about items on the wish list and bring in your donation to our office at 212 Carter Dr. Suite C, Middletown DE, 19709 (Click here for map & directions). We are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-6pm and 9am-1pm on Wednesday and Friday.

Wish List – 2014

Large Items

  • Handheld Video Games
  • CD Players (Boom boxes)
  • iPads/Tablets
  • Playstation 3 Games
  • Laptops
  • Digital Cameras
  • Portable DVD players


  • Mirrors for Cribs (no cloth material)
  • Lullaby/Children’s Music
  • Vibrating Infant Seats
  • Infant Swings
  • Light-up Toys/V-Tech Toys
  • Rattles
  • Plastic Mobiles (no cloth materials, please)
  • Developmental Toys (i.e., stacking cups, shape sorter, peg boards)
  • Vibrating Toys
  • Blankets
  • Hardback Board Books

Gift Cards (any amount)
Target, Wal-Mart, Michaels,, Toys R Us, iTunes, Petsmart, Giant, Safeway, Barnes & Noble, Visa

Clothing (New)

  • Premature Infant Clothing
  • Infant Clothing
  • Toddler Clothing
  • Boys/Girls (ages 6-12)
  • Adolescent (Adult S, M, L, XL, XXL)

Other Items

  • Small Mylar Birthday Balloons w/ Plastic Sticks and Holders (NOT the kind that need to be filled with helium)
  • Birthday Wrapping Paper
  • Streamers
  • Photo Paper
  • Photo Albums

Items Under $5

  • Bubbles/Bubble Mix
  • Rattles
  • Teething Rings/Toys
  • Batteries (especially, AAA, C, and D)
  • Construction Paper
  • Art Supplies (Glue, feathers, pipecleaners, construction paper, felt, pom-poms, etc)
  • Markers/Colored Pencils/Chalk
  • Hair Accessories
  • Nail Polish/Nail Polish Remover
  • Squishy Balls
  • Small Textured Balls
  • Scented Lotion
  • Play Doh, Floam, Silly Putty, Play Sand, Stickers

School Age/Adolescent

  • CDs (R&B/Top 40)
  • Backpacks
  • Jewelry/ Watches
  • DVD’s (G, PG, PG13…especially PG13)
  • Digital Clocks/Alarm Clocks
  • Cause/Effect Toys (anything that makes sound
  • or plays music when you push a button)
  • Handheld Musical Instruments (shakers, tambourines, bells, drums, etc.)
  • Dollhouse Furniture
  • School Age/Adolescent Books
  • Arts & Crafts Kits/Projects

Sports Equipment

  • Bike Helmets
  • Basketballs
  • Footballs
  • Tennis Racquets
  • Kick Balls
  • Soccer Balls
  • Jump Ropes
  • Stop Watches

Please leave gifts unwrapped so that they may be delivered to the appropriate patients.
Please deliver gifts by December 15, 2014.

If you would like to purchase a specific specialized item of need (i.e., a piece of equipment), please contact the Recreation Therapy and Child Life Department directly at 202-832-4400, ext. 5486.