2020 has landed at the Family Centre and it's going to be our biggest year yet! With exciting plans to grow our impact to reach and serve even more of the type 1 community of WA, our team is full of beans and raring to go!
January is all about GOALS. In this edition of Tribe Talk, we've got articles on exercising with type 1 and keeping your New Year's Resolutions, and you can register for free mental wellness programs for young people. There's also an update on our CEO Bec Johnson's massive 2020 goal - to swim three ultramarathons in three months, to raise funds for the Family Centre.
We've also got fresh new events for you to register for; if you're interested learning about Looping, check out our upcoming information night, and you've got one last chance to sign up for Sunday Surfing!
Enjoy your Tribe Talk and see you soon at the Family Centre.
The Family Centre's international visitor
Katie Thivener (seated, centre) with the Family Centre's diabetes educator Amy Rush and the kids on Family Camp
Katie Thivener is a Patient Navigator at one of the largest paediatric diabetes centres in the USA, the Barbara Davis Centre in Colorado. As a Patient Navigator, her role is to support kids with type 1 and their families to break down barriers to better diabetes management, and to help allocate the clinic’s resources amongst families, patients, and providers. Who better to do that than a person living with type 1 diabetes? Katie is also studying a Masters in Community and Behavioural Public Health, and is spending two weeks at the Family Centre this January observing and learning about our programs and services, so that she can build new ideas into her work in the USA.
Reflecting on her first week’s experience at Family Camp, Katie writes:
I feel so fortunate to be here learning more about the innovative programs the Type 1 Family Centre offers the community in WA! When I started on my path to becoming a diabetes educator, I began researching the best centres for type 1 education and programs. I found the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre online and knew instantly it was something special. I met Bec, CEO, and Amy, when they came to Colorado for the Low Carb Denver conference last year, and I felt their overwhelming passion for connection and community. I knew that the Family Centre has people at its heart. CLICK HERE to read more...
Exercising with type 1 diabetes
Exercise is a key pillar of diabetes management, and many people with type 1 commit to doing more exercise as one of their New Year’s resolutions. Decisions about exercise with insulin-dependent diabetes are never simple, so learning how to exercise safely is vital.
Consider the question: ‘Should I exercise now?’ People with type 1 really have to consider several questions: Is it safe for me to exercise right now? Are my glucose levels in a safe range? Is my glucose headed up or down? Am I at risk of low or high blood glucose when I exercise?
The process for answering the question ‘Should I exercise now?’ can end up looking something like this!
Type 1 Decision Tree from Turner et al, Resources to Guide Exercise Specialists Managing Adults with Diabetes, Sports Medicine Open,20 (2019)
It takes time and attention to get through this decision tree to your answer. When you get to the end, you haven’t even put on your sneakers! Want some terrific tips from the experts about blood glucose management during exercise? CLICK HERE to read more...
Life without Limits
Image credit: Tom Dobrzanski
Bec Johnson, co-founder and CEO of the Family Centre, believes that a life with type 1 is a life without limits. This summer, she'll undertake three ultramarathon swims in three months to prove it.
Bec's ramping up her training regimen in preparation for a Rottnest Channel Solo in February, the Port to Pub 25 kilometre Ultra in March, and a double crossing (Cottesloe to Rottnest and back again) in April.
Bec's swimming to raise funds for the Family Centre. It's easy to get behind her - simply click the link below to donate, and share it with your people!
Looping Info Night
For many, 'looping' is the future of diabetes management: closed, connected Continuous Glucose Monitor and insulin pump systems that automatically adjust insulin delivery. There are different types of looping; some systems are commercially available and others have been created by members of the type 1 community who've built DIY loop systems.
Responding to community demand for more information about looping, the Family Centre's Looping Info Night will explain the different systems available and share the personal experiences of people in our community who loop. Have your questions answered by a panel of experienced loopers at this engaging and informative evening!
LOOPING INFO NIGHT: 20 FEBRUARY 2020 AT THE TYPE 1 DIABETES FAMILY CENTRE
6PM-8:30PM, TICKETS: $15
Sunday Surfing: Book now, final places!
Watersports may feel risky when you have type 1 because low blood glucose can be harder to detect in water and swimming can make blood glucose levels spike or drop quickly. Our beginners’ surf lesson is designed to build confidence in the water, and will take your child through ocean awareness, water safety and surfing technique. Supervised by skilled surf coaches and type 1 volunteers, Sunday Surfing is a safe and super fun way to explore the world of watersports with the type 1 tribe.
SUNDAY SURFING: 16 FEBRUARY 2020 AT BRIGHTON BEACH, SCARBOROUGH
10.30AM – 1PM, TICKETS $25
FOR KIDS AGED 7 -16, SIBLINGS/FRIENDS WELCOME
FREE! Mental Wellness Programs brought to you by Direction Psychology
In the Zone, Wise Minds and Girls with a Purpose are free six-week group programs designed to reduce stress, negativity and anxiety and build self-confidence. Run at various locations around Perth, including the Family Centre, the University of Western Australia and Direction Psychology in Joondalup, these programs are specifically designed to meet important mental wellness needs for young people. Term 1 registrations are now open for:
Wise Minds: Cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression (13-25yrs)
In the Zone: Mindfulness for stress (13-25yrs)
Girls with a Purpose: Self-esteem for girls (9-17yrs)
Click on the image above to watch our community celebrate!
We celebrated our fourth year of impact in the type 1 community with two festive events for our families, kids and adults. Here's the video we made to mark every special moment of laughter and connection!
40under40 - Vote now!
Our CEO, Bec Johnson, has been nominated for the Business News 40under40 People’s Choice Award, and she'd love your support!
Bec co-founded the Family Centre in 2015, and under her leadership the Family Centre has gone from an idea to an award-winning non-profit organisation which helps hundreds of families impacted by type 1 to access connection, education and support. Over the past six years, Bec has worked tirelessly alongside our team and Board to bring our vision of a community-based support service for people with type 1 to life, creating practical and relevant programs and services and building a thriving tribe of families who are now connected through the Family Centre.
Bec is a driven, creative, energetic leader who truly believes in community. We know she’s 40under40 Award material and we hope you think so too – please click below to vote for her!
Nailing your New Year's Resolutions Clinic Chat with Amy Rush CDE APD
Every January patients come into clinic saying, ‘My New Year’s resolution is to fix my diabetes!’ Even though we know that type 1 diabetes can’t be ‘fixed’, simple changes in your habits and behaviour can have immense impact on blood glucose levels. My advice to you is to streamline your resolutions: consider your goals, list what strategies could help you achieve them, and pick one or two that you will truly commit to. Let's check out a some common New Year’s resolutions I hear in clinic about food choices, blood glucose checking, and carbohydrate counting - and some simple tips to make them stick! CLICK HERE to read more...
New year, new diabetes goals? Become a carb-counting ninja this year with Cyber Carbs!
Developed by the Family Centre team, Cyber Carbs is an Australia-first education experience that brings carbohydrate counting education to you in a fresh, fun format!
Delivered in ten easy-to-understand modules, Cyber Carbs is a mix of video education and interactive quizzes that you can do at your own pace. It can be accessed at any time from your PC or smart device, and it's supported by handy downloadable resources.
Recipe of the month: Pear, Avocado and Walnut Salad
Pear, Avocado and Walnut Salad
Crunchy walnuts, creamy avocado and sweet pear combine in a salad that's substantial enough to serve up as a quick and easy main meal that's packed with healthy fats and fibre. Don't skimp on the dressing - it's delicious! CLICK HERE to read more...