Are you excited about starting the Healthy With Diabetes Challenge on September 13? I know I am! Especially because we have an amazing lineup of diabetes, health, and exercise experts as contributors.
If you haven’t signed up for the challenge yet, you can read all about it HERE or sign up using the form at the bottom of this post.
To give you an idea of who our experts are and what they will be writing about, I’ve asked them all to write a short bio so you can get to know them a little better.
In no particular order, please meet:
Ginger Vieira has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014. She is the author of Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes & Dealing with Diabetes Burnout & Emotional Eating with Diabetes & Your Diabetes Science Experiment.
Ginger is the Editor Emeritus at DiabetesDaily, with a B.S. in Professional Writing and certifications in cognitive coaching, video blogging, record-setting competitive powerlifting, personal training, Ashtanga yoga, and motivational speaking.
For this challenge, Ginger writes about dealing with diabetes burnout.
Dr. Mark Heyman is a diabetes psychologist and a Certified Diabetes Educator. He is Vice President of Clinical Operations and Innovation at One Drop. He is also the Founder and Director of the Center for Diabetes and Mental Health (CDMH). He is passionate about providing diabetes education and evidence-based mental health treatment to people with diabetes.
Mark received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University and completed his psychology internship at the UCSD School of Medicine. He holds an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD. He has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1999.
Mark writes about the mental and emotional aspects of diabetes, and how you can set yourself up for long-term success with your diabetes management.
Phyllisa Deroze is a prominent online patient advocate for Type 2 diabetes and a professor of American Literature. She is a Fulbright Scholar Alumna who enjoys writing professionally about Type 2 diabetes for academic and mainstream audiences.
After being diagnosed with Type 2 in 2011, she noticed that there was a lack of culturally competent information for African Americans and started blogging at DiagnosedNotDefeated.com and founded BlackDiabeticInfo.com to fill the gap. Phyllisa is a dynamic speaker and health motivator who offers free diabetes workshops annually in her hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida as a part of her commitment to community outreach. Follow her on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.
For this challenge, Phyllisa shares her personal story of how small diet changes had a great impact on her health, weight, and diabetes management.
Ben Tzeel is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In addition, he is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, finishing his Master’s Degree in Nutrition and becoming a Registered Dietitian.
Ben has lived with Type 1 Diabetes since 1999 and has never allowed it to hold him back from achieving his goals. He is a published fitness model and has placed in a bodybuilding show. You can follow Ben on Instagram.
For this challenge, Ben has written a guide on how to build an effective workout program.
Rachel was diagnosed with Type 1 LADA diabetes in 2008 at the age of 42. She started yoga at 17 and 32 years later still practices, passionately teaching teachers and beginners alike in workshops and retreats internationally. She is a mother, award winning musician, and published writer. She blogs about yoga and diabetes on YogaForDiabetesBlog and her articles have been featured in Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, Healthline, Diabetes Sisters, Insulin Nation, A Sweet Life, Beyond Type 1, Diabetes Daily.
Her book, Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda is forthcoming this October from Monkfish Book Publishing Company worldwide.
Rachel has created a great yoga routine for this challenge and an article about how yoga can help diabetes management.
Of course, I will be the head coach of the challenge. If you haven’t been to TheFitBlog before, here is a short introduction to who I am:
I am a certified personal trainer, diabetes advocate, blogger, and fitness lover with type 1 diabetes. My motto is “There is nothing you can’t do with diabetes”.
I started TheFitBlog to inspire people with diabetes to live healthy and active lives, and to share my knowledge of how to exercise and eat healthily with diabetes. I work as diabetes and health coach with clients from all over the world.
I am super excited to have such a great group of experts sharing their knowledge with us and I can’t wait to get this challenge started!
You can sign up for the Healthy With Diabetes Challenge by completing the form below. The challenge starts on September 13.