Hey, it's Diabetes Awareness Month... AND the Holiday Season is right around the corner. What better time to host a five-week giveaway of some completely awesome diabetes products?

Awareness + Holidays = the 2013 DiabetesMine 'Aware-lidays' Giveaway!

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In the coming weeks, you can look forward to a chance to win everything from stylish carry bags, to a set of personalized coaching sessions that will help you be an effective exerciser, to some tasty snacks designed to keep your BG levels in check and a very special stuffed animal meant to be all snugly and educational too! (Guess who?) All you have to do is leave a comment below each week's blog giveaway, following the particular prompt for that week.

Easy enough, D-Friends!

News nuggets from around the diabetes community

NEWSFLASH: FDA Clears Dexcom Share Direct
Dexcom gets regulatory approval of its 'on-the-go' mobile apps for CGM data-sharing.
State of the Union: It's Time to Cure Diabetes
President launching new precision medicine initiative to better treat, cure diseases like diabetes.
'Robotic Pancreas' Appears On American Idol
Carlos Santana's nephew Adam Lasher shows off Dexcom G4 during live performance.

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Today, we have a HUGE giveaway (10 prizes!) from Sugar Medical Supply, the small PWD-run business that we profiled in October 2011 for making a line of stylish diabetes bags for guys and gals. You may remember that company founder Carolyn Jager in New Hampshire is a fellow type 1 PWD who was 13 when she was diagnosed, following her younger sister Susan's diagnosis about five years earlier. That pair of diagnoses is what led to Sugar Medical's formation in 2009 and her launching the first product line three years ago in November 2010.

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Three years later, Sugar Medical is going strong and staying mighty in the market for snazzy swag bags designed especially for us PWDs! Right now, aside from launching some cool brand-new bag offerings soon, Carolyn tells us that her little biz has just unveiled a new logo, pictured here.

Remember that Sugar Medical's meter cases all contain an adjustable velcro strap that fits 99% of the meters on the market securely, with a clear plastic portion that goes over the face of the meter so you can clearly see the screen. Carolyn also works with OmniPod for bag designs specific to Pod users -- which makes Amy very happy! Right now, Sugar Medical carries nine different bags and three OmniPod-specific bags, along with five small pouches that can be used to cart diabetes gadgets and supplies around. Options range from flowery to polka-dot to geometric multi-color designs.Sugar bags on wood chair close

But coming soon, there'll be even more! Carolyn tells us that new designs will hit the market on Dec. 10 -- just in time to catch the end of Christmas shopping season. While those bags are still under wraps and photos aren't being released yet, you'll hear the details first here at the 'Mine, we promise.  What's coming are two new patterns for the OmniPod bags and six new regular cases, as well as retail packaging that will mean Sugar Medical will be able to sell through small pharmacies -- possibly coming soon to a pharmacy near you.

How cool!

In early December, Sugar Medical will be announcing each bag on its Facebook page and then placing that bag on its website for pre-sale orders for the holidays.

Meanwhile, here's what today's giveaway has in store for 'Mine readers who leave a comment below: We're giving away 10 free Sugar Medical bags, and each winner can choose one of four styles: Bella Blue, Java Bloom, Apple Blossom, or Digital Camo.

 

Our Aware-lidays Giveaway

To win, all you have to do is leave a comment on the blog below that answers this question:

What's your best tip for traveling with diabetes (over the holidays)?

Be sure to include the keyword "DMProducts" somewhere in your comment so we know you're interested in the goods.

You have until Friday, Nov. 8, at 5pm PST to enter. A valid email address is required to win.

The winners will be chosen using Random.org and announced via Facebook and Twitter on Monday, Nov. 11, so make sure you're following us! Good luck, Everyone.

 

But wait, that's not all....!

We're also excited to offer an exclusive 25% discount special to 'Mine readers!

In case you're not a giveaway winner, just head on over to Sugar Medical's website and key in the offer-code DMine25 (for a 25% discount, get it?). This coupon expires Dec. 6, so it won't include the newest bags... but it will go toward anything on the website between now and then!

 

Oh, and if you're curious about next week's Giveaway, we'll give you a hint: You'll have a chance to get fit AND help out a diabetes charitable cause all at the same time. Can't wait to hear from y'all!

This contest is now closed. Congrats to all the winners: PWDs Jennifer Hrovat in Ohio, Joddie Gleason in California, Sara Van Assche in Michigan, Melissa Matarazzo in Florida, Mark Gutman in Illinois, Debbie in Israel, Jasmine in Pennsylvania, and also Carolyn, Jaylene, and Kristen.

 
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