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A monthly update complete with the latest news and resources brought to you by the Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina (DAC)

Not only do our grantees receive funding for their projects, but they also get technical assistance from our staff of experts. We’ll help you get over any unforeseen hurdles and get your project to the finish line. We’ll also connect you with other existing local community health initiatives that can complement your project, open up doors for future collaboration, lead to other funding opportunities, and, ultimately, make your community healthier and more equitable. Don’t tell anyone, but we’ll also give you feedback on your project idea BEFORE you even apply!

Are you interested? The application is open now through July 22. Get more information on our website.

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When you’re managing diabetes and prediabetes, your eating plan is a powerful tool.

But figuring out what to eat can feel like a hassle, right? Well, it doesn't have to because there are easy things you can do to add flavor to your daily routine—including healthy twists on your favorite foods.

One key to feeling your best lies in the food you eat. You can start by working with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN/RD) to make an eating plan that works for you. In it, be sure to include the foods you like—and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Most importantly, remember that eating well—and adding activity to your daily routine by moving more—are important ways you can manage diabetes. 

This meal is perfect for lunch or dinner and works great for meal prepping. Easy Beef Chili is paired with a sweet and savory Kale Apple Slaw. Top the chili with a dollop of Greek yogurt and Almost Smooth Salsa.

Lean Protein: lean ground beef, beans
Nonstarchy Vegetables: kale; tomatoes, onion; salsa
Carbohydrate foods: apple; beans; yogurt


2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed/minced
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 15oz. can low-sodium kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz. can low-sodium cannellini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz. can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 14.5oz can no-added-salt fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 6oz. can low-sodium tomato paste
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp stevia brown sugar blend (such as Truvia)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Heat the olive or canola oil in a medium pot over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño and cook until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant - about 3 minutes.

Add the ground beef and cook until browned, 8 minutes, breaking up the pieces using the back of a wooden spoon while cooking.

Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir to combine. Raise the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the beef is cooked through and the flavors combine - about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally during cooking time.

Remove the chili from the heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before serving.


1/2 cup Plain Nonfat Greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp water
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 cups chopped kale
3 cups shredded red cabbage
1 Fuji apple, grated with skin

In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, garlic, mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, water, salt, and black pepper.

Add the kale, cabbage, and apple to the bowl and toss to evenly coat. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving for the flavors to combine.

2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1/4 green bell pepper, diced 
1/4 red onion, diced 
1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded, veins removed, diced
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Add the tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro to a medium bowl. Add the lime juice, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Toss to evenly coat.

Using an immersion blender, blend until almost smooth, leaving some chunks in the salsa.



Aerobic dance.  Signing up for an aerobic dance or other fitness class might also help you meet your exercise goals. For instance, Zumba is a fitness program that combines dance and aerobic movements for a fast-paced workout.

Swimming.  Aquatic activities provide another joint-friendly exercise option. For example, swimming, water aerobics, aqua jogging, and other aquatic activities can give your heart, lungs, and muscles a workout, while putting little stress on your joints.

If you are interested in participating and learning more, please complete the short survey here: For more information contact Nicky King at

COVID-19 Booster Shot

On March 29, 2022, the CDC updated booster dose guidance to expand eligibility for some people to get a second vaccine booster. Adults age 50 and older and some immunocompromised individuals are now eligible to get a second Pfizer or Moderna booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster (whether they received a Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson booster). Older adults—especially those with underlying medical conditions—and people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe health impacts if infected by COVID-19, and are therefore among those most likely to benefit from the additional protection of a second booster shot.

Booster Toolkit

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