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Fitness Swellness: Saddle up and join in the JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes


Charities are getting more and more creative with ways to raise money for their causes other than the usual run or walk, and I think that’s fantastic. As much as I love running, I know it’s not for everyone! I’m excited to take part next week, along with more than 12,000 people across Canada, in the JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes 2017!

It’s my first year, but I hear the high-energy event is full of positive vibes. Presented by Sun Life Financial, the JDRF Revolution Ride’s goal is to raise funds so that we can one day live in a world where no one needs to suffer from type 1 diabetes (T1D).

If you’re not familiar with T1D, you should know it can be a devastating autoimmune disease. When you have T1D, your body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin (which your body needs in order to get energy from food). It affects more than 300,000 Canadians, from kids to adults, and diabetes is the leading cause of amputations, blindness, kidney and heart disease and other health conditions. And it’s not due to eating too much sugar, or linked to being overweight or not exercising enough—its cause is unknown. And while people with diabetes must test their blood sugar every day and give themselves insulin injections several times a day (or use an insulin pump) for the rest of their lives, insulin is not a cure, and it does not prevent those severe complications mentioned above.

By taking part in the JDRF Revolution Ride, your fundraising helps contribute toward the incredible advances made in T1D research. It’s thanks to the support of people like you that smart insulin (which responds to your body’s needs) was developed and that artificial pancreas systems are being developed so as to leverage technology to improve T1D management, to name just two examples.

How you can join in the JFRF Revolution Ride:
I’ll be taking part in a one-hour morning spin class that kicks off the JDRF Revolution Ride event in Toronto. And there’s still time for you to take part in the Ride event, too: you can compete either individually or in teams on stationary bikes (in the Ride10, for example, all you do is saddle up and ride seven minutes as a member of a five-person team—seven minutes well spent!), or even bike outdoors on your own when you can find the time to in your schedule. If you can’t take part with an actual ride, every dollar helps the cause, so consider donating to a friend who is fundraising for the Revolution Ride.

So see you there, right? I’ll be the runner-and-infrequent-Spin-class girl sweating through the session. But every pedal we all push in this Ride means we get closer to defeating diabetes.


Leave a Comment September 29, 2017

Beauty Swellness: Caryl Baker + Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada

Caryl Baker x Starlight

One of my friends works at the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada and I’ve had the opportunity to attend their annual gala twice so I”m familiar with the wonderful work that they do. The non-profit’s mission is to provide spirit-lifting events, programs and services for seriously ill children and their families, and when you witness what a difference this organization can make in their lives, well, you quickly become a supporter of the organization, too.

Which is why I’m sharing the details about the upcoming Visage x Starlight Your Purchase Counts campaign, which runs from May 1 to 8th, 2016.

For each Caryl Baker lipstick purchased, $1 will be donated to Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada. Which is not the only thing Caryl Baker is doing: on Sunday, May 1, Caryl Baker will host families from the Foundation and give moms and daughters day makeovers and an afternoon of pampering.

With 40 lipstick shades to choose from (and it’s cute tube featuring a mirror) and at only $18.50 a pop, it’s a great extra item to add onto your Mother’s Day gift (tie it with a ribbon onto your main present for your mom), and it helps Starlight. Or if your mom’s just not into lipstick, you can always just make a straight-up donation to Starlight.

Roseberry is a pretty neutral taupe  (it’s the one on the far left), but I am drawn to the deep red Marilyn (pictured at the bottom of the photo above; I can’t resist a great red lippie), but my favourite shade name has got to be Supertramp (the pink on top in the photo above) . (Your moms might wonder what you’re trying to say if you give her that shade of lipstick!).

May 1 to May 8th. Buy a Caryl Baker lipstick, and you contribute to helping lift the spirits of a terribly sick child. Your purchase counts.


Leave a Comment April 29, 2016

Healthy Swellness: World Lupus Day

new Butterfly

Today, May 10, 2014, is World Lupus Day and to help fund research into lupus and potential treatments, I’ve made a donation of $50 towards the Lupus Canada “Butterfly Campaign” – and to show your support, perhaps it’s a cause you’ll consider supporting, too.

If you’re not very familiar with what lupus is, it’s an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to turn against the body and attack healthy tissues or organs. But it affects people in different ways, and the symptoms can be confused with other illnesses. And because of this, it can be difficult to diagnose, and it also means that many people don’t seek medical help right away and it can be difficult for them to talk about what they’re going through. Symptoms vary from person to person but common ones include extreme fatigue, fever, swollen glands and joints and decreased mobility, and it can also lead to other issues including kidney failure, heart and lung inflammation and blood disorders.

It’s very possible someone you know suffers from it. Lupus affects over one in 1,000 women in Canada and it’s nine times more common in women, often hitting them between the ages of 15 and 45.

To help further research into lupus, Lupus Canada (a national voluntary organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians with lupus) has launched the “Butterfly Campaign.” The goal of this campaign is to raise $50,000 to virtually release 2,500 butterflies. For every $25 donation, you release a single butterfly. For a $50 donation, you release three butterflies. The butterfly is symbolic when it comes to lupus not only because it is a symbol of hope, life and beauty (a message Lupus Canada wants to share with those with lupus), but also because a unique butterfly-like skin rash across the nose and cheeks is one of the common symptoms for those affected.

Today, World Lupus Day, is an opportunity to build awareness and break the silence that surrounds this disease. The cause of lupus is unknown, and while it can have a debilitating effect on people’s lives, it can be treated and controlled—and your support in building awareness and through donating (if you can) can help Lupus Canada work towards a better future for those with this disease.

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1 Comment May 10, 2014

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