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People with diabetes are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke. In fact, two out of three people with diabetes die from cardiovascular disease. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by incorporating exercise and smart meal decisions are vital components to the condition of your heart. During American Heart Month, take the time to evaluate your lifestyle. A few small changes can make a large impact on your health.

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Diabetes is a devastating reality in the African American community. There are nearly 5 million non-Hispanic African Americans, aged 20 years or older, living with diabetes. During Black History Month, join us in the fight to Stop Diabetes® by incorporating programs and materials created especially for the African American community. Unless we take action now, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050. Learn more about the many ways you can help Stop Diabetes!

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Diabetes affects the whole family, and that’s why the American Diabetes Association has launched a new section within its online community, “I Love Someone with Diabetes”! Whether you’re a spouse, sibling, child, other family member or friend, this message board is a place to find support from others who also love and care for a person living with diabetes.

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Tour de Cure® is underway and looking for riders! Get out in the open air and support the cause. The Tour de Cure is a ride, not a race, designed with routes for everyone. In 2012, Tour de Cure raised over $26 million. With more than 90 tour events nationwide, chances are there is one for you right around the corner! What are you waiting for? It’s time to take off those training wheels! Come for the ride and stay for the celebration!

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EXPOFREE Diabetes Event!

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Interested in learning about all things diabetes? Visit an EXPO  near you! We have 11 EXPO locations to choose from. This FREE experience provides vital diabetes information including health screenings, cooking demonstrations and the latest in diabetes products and services. We also have leading experts on-hand to discuss diabetes prevention and management tips. Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes.

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Gondolas could help Seattle rise above traffic mess, some say

By Mike Lindblom
Seattle Times transportation reporter


As crosstown traffic becomes intolerable, a few Seattle thinkers are suggesting a gondola as the best way out of the mess.

One possible route would go from the light-rail station being built on Capitol Hill to Olympic Sculpture Park, serving the South Lake Union, Seattle Center and Belltown areas. Another idea would run overhead cars between downtown and the central waterfront.

The Capitol Hill gondola is championed by Matt Roewe, of VIA Architecture, and Matt Gangemi, better known among transit wonks as Matt the Engineer.

Roewe’s trial-balloon essay about the gondola proclaims, “Rise Above it all, for real this time,” reprising the old slogan of the never-built, 14-mile Green Line monorail.

The idea is to provide a gondolicious alternative to the Route 8 bus, which sits in stop-and-go traffic most weeknights on Denny Way. “It’s not unusual to wait 30 minutes for the 8,” said Gangemi. “We need east-west connections.”

Gangemi said he worked in college at a ski resort with gondolas, and has long admired the 1962 World’s Fair, which included the Union 76 SkyRide gondola, now at the Puyallup fairgrounds. He first publicly mentioned his Capitol Hill brainstorm in a 2011 post at Citytank blog, “Glass bubbles in the sky.”

Meanwhile, businessman Hal Griffith is researching another concept, with slightly more political traction, for a gondola from downtown to the central waterfront.

Griffith, owner of the new giant Ferris wheel on the waterfront, has discussed generalities with some business and city leaders. He said a gondola could move visitors from parking spaces near the state convention center to the shoreline.

City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, chairman of the council’s Transportation Committee, likes the idea of helping people reach the waterfront while road and seawall construction are creating years of obstacles.

“It could be successful, it could be useful,” he said. “I’m interested in following up with him.

“The other attractive part is, he wants to pay for it,” Rasmussen said.

Griffith, who along with his family owns Miners Landing on Pier 57, built the Seattle Great Wheel on the pier last year.

There is no political groundswell for a Capitol Hill transit gondola. Even Roewe called it a pipe dream in an interview, but added, “I was shocked at how many people thought it was not just a valid concept, but desirable.”

Roewe may have shot himself in the foot by suggesting a gondola terminus within a soaring 400-foot-high building at the Capitol Hill light-rail station along Broadway, which he calls the cherry on top.

“It would be such a huge structure, it might look like something out of ‘War of the Worlds,’ ” Rasmussen said.

Still, supporters say now is the time to build, before South Lake Union becomes too full of buildings to allow room for a gondola route.

Other citizens have suggested lines up Queen Anne Hill, climbing Yesler Way, spanning the Montlake Cut, even reaching West Seattle or Ballard.

A common criticism is the threat to privacy, if riders peer down through condo dwellers’ windows. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel might not appreciate a downtown skyride overhead, said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

Aerial lines, with costs similar to streetcars, have made greater progress in Seattle’s neighbor cities.

• Portland has a tram going two-thirds of a mile from the Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital to the new south waterfront area, built for $57 million and carrying 3,700 riders a day.

• In Vancouver, a $120 million, 1.7-mile Burnaby Mountain Gondola is an option to replace diesel buses that climb from the nearest SkyTrain station to Simon Fraser University.

“The gondola is a great idea,” said Gordon Price, director of the SFU City Program and a former Vancouver city councilor.

For a long-term cost of about $10 million more than operating and replacing buses, the gondola would cut travel time by eight minutes, said a study for B.C. TransLink.

Price thinks it will be built, but not in the next few years, because of other demands for money for at least three high-capacity train projects.

A similar avalanche of requests for transit in Seattle means that any gondola here would be a longshot.

Mike Lindblom: 206-515-5631 or On Twitter @mikelindblom

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February 2013 Newsletter

CAR: LRA victim's story

Central African Republic: One LRA survivor’s story

Last year, a teenage girl arrived at one of Mercy Corps‘ counseling centers. She had been kidnapped by the terrifying Lord’s Resistance Army, raped and forcefully married to a soldier. She finally escaped with her baby two years later, but how could she begin again? Read her story ▸

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Jordan: A new home full of warmth and laughter

Syrian refugees: A new home full of warmth and laughter

Meet one family who finally has protection from freezing temperatures thanks to Mercy Corps’ winterization project in northern Jordan.

Mali: Fighting cuts off food and humanitarian access

Mali: Fighting cuts off food and humanitarian access

Vendors have fled and markets have almost entirely shut down in northern Mali. Our teams warn that families already struggling through a hunger crisis will run out of food unless access is restored to the embattled region.

Indonesia: Reaching families displaced by massive floods

Indonesia: Reaching families displaced by massive floods

Our teams distributed emergency supplies as flooding washed through Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, last month and submerged thousands of homes.

Haiti: What does resilience look like?

Haiti: What does resilience look like?

At last month’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, leaders focused on how to better prepare for and minimize disasters of the future. In Haiti, we’ve been investing in communities to do just that.

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