I'm just giddy to announce a contest in which everybody wins:

The DiabetesMineâ„¢ Holiday Survival Sweepstakes.

(Special thanks to Gina Capone for designing the killer-pie logo!)

The whole idea is to share some of our best tips about surviving the holiday season with diabetes, have some fun, and share the freebie love! (I'm fortunate to receive lots of complementary D-products to review, so why shouldn't you all benefit as well?)  We have over 50 fabulous prizes to give away between now and Dec. 29, so read on to learn more.

As Allison notes: The holiday season "is a non-stop carb fest from the fourth week of November until well after the New Year's (What? You think the candy and cookies just poof into thin air on January 1?). Blood sugars bounce off the walls with the constant influx of chocolates, cookies, carb-filled mashed potatoes, stuffing and my personal favorite: candied yams and marshmallows... Control? What control?"

So you, My Friends, the Diabetes Community, are hereby called upon to come to the rescue by sharing your best, most helpful tips for surviving the holidays.

Here's How It Works (and check out all the cool prizes below!):

1)    All you have to do is check in here regularly for the next 5 weeks. Each Tuesday we will pose a question to the community. You submit your answer (ie. contest entry) simply by posting your response in the comments section of the appropriate post.  Each week, you'll have until midnight of the following Sunday to submit your entries.

2)    Every week, 7-8 lucky winners* will be selected by an esteemed panel of three D-bloggers: myself, Allison Blass of Lemonade Life, and Scott Johnson of Scott's Diabetes Journal. {One prize per person per week; prize choices will be divvied up at random.  A valid postal address is required to receive prizes.}

3)    The weekly winners will then be entered into a drawing for three fantastic GRAND PRIZES:

  • Two Fit4D.com Starter Memberships consisting of a full two months of complimentary personalized diabetes coaching customized to your goals and lifestyle — valued at $295 each. A bit about Fit4Dâ„¢:


Fit4D provides personalized nutrition, fitness and wellness guidance to people with diabetes.  Coaches integrate motivational support within programming delivered in both group and one-on-one individualized formats.  The Fit4D coaching team, comprised of dieticians, exercise physiologists, nurses who are also certified diabetes educators (CDEs), focuses on empowering people with diabetes to live rich and fulfilling lives.


Grand Prize winners will be announced on  Dec. 29, 2008.

*What Else You Can Win:

Besides the three Grand Prizes, we'll be giving away dozens of other goodies, including low-carb treats, medical ID jewelry, and diabetes-related paraphernalia and books.  Here's the list of confirmed prizes so far —

2 sets of WellCharms cell phone stickers with free 18 months' worth of their Platinum WELLness Service. Total retail value $96.00

5 items from HAH Originals designer medical jewelry —

•    one dog tag medical ID, retail value $35.00

•    one stainless steel medical ID style 1, including custom engraving, retail value $19.95

•    and three stainless steel medical ID bracelets style 2, including custom engraving, retail value $19.95

5 ExtendBar snacks "Holiday Survival Kits" including a sampling of all the company's products:

•    5 ExtendBars (one of each flavor)

•    a 5 bag variety box of ExtendCrisps (introduced in Jan '08)

•    a 5 pouch variety pack of new ExtendShakes (a powdered shake mix introduced Sept '08)

•    a great Blender Bottle for mixing up your shakes

Total retail value $32.98

5 coupon books for a year's worth of free Blue Bunny low-carb ice cream (!)

Each book has 12 coupons, each redeemable for a free carton of ice cream. Retail value per book, $60-70.

5 HealthSimple Starter Kits containing everything you need for comprehensive carb counting and logging, retail value $64 per kit

2 cases (48 tubes each) of Copper Labs' P.O.L. skin cream, retail value of $19.99 per tube

2 attractive and practical aDorn diabetic carry bags:

one messenger bag, retail value $89.95


one handbag, retail value $69.95

3 Deluxe diabetic carry cases from StickMeDesigns, retail value ca. $40.00 each

2 "Essential Bedtime Foot Treatment Kits" from Gilden Tree Creams, retail value $24.99 each

5 copies of "50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes" by Sheri Colberg-Ochs and Steven Edelman, MD, retail value $15.95 per book

2 copies of the newly revised "The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook" by Sheri Colberg-Ochs, retail value $$19.95 per book

2 DiabetesMine Care Packs: each containing one copy of our Know Your Numbers book, a DiabetesMine.com notebook and refrigerator magnets (retail value: indescribable - whoohoo!)

Making the Fun Last

Since we're hoping to gather some great diabetes "wisdom of the crowds," we want to capture your tips for lasting value. Allison therefore came up with the clever idea to compile all of the best tips from this contest and publish them in an e-book format. For that venture, we'd love some photo submissions to illustrate the e-book. Ideas and suggestions welcome!  Just email me here.

Weekly questions will be posted on Tuesdays:

Nov. 18,

Nov. 25,

Dec. 2,

Dec. 9, and

Dec. 16,

Dec. 23 - final weekly winners announced

Dec. 29 - GRAND PRIZE WINNERS announced

Note: Multiple entries per individual per wekkly question are welcome, but each individual can only win a prize for a single entry per week.  Please don't be shy as we have loads of prizes to give out.


Happy Sharing — and winning!

:) AmyT

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