Justin Timberlake at the Marine Ball Remains Hot in Blogs

Marine Corps Cpl. Kelsey De Santis applauds along with her date, pop star and actor Justin Timberlake, and guest speaker retired Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Ralph Larsen at the 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Richmond, Va., Nov. 12, 2011. U.S. Marine Corps. Photo by Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos.

Days later and the matinée idol’s attendance with Marine Corps Cpl. Kelsey De Santis at the Richmond, Virginia Marine Ball is still all the buzz on blogs.

Justin Timberlake wrote afterward on his blog that he didn’t know how moved he would be by the event.

Here’s a partial account by Donna Miles of the American Forces Press Service:

Timberlake had special words for his date, who he said went out of her way to ensure he enjoyed himself. “I have to tell you, it’s not every day that I meet a 23-year old girl and she’s more worried about if I’m having fun or if I’m comfortable,” he wrote.

He said he loved meeting De Santis’ friends, and felt an immediate connection with them.

“It hit me all of a sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom — humble, concerned for others before themselves,” he wrote. “This was the type of person our Marine Corps was building. I was really blown away.”

Timberlake said he’s been lucky to have met many of his heroes, from Michael Jordon to Michael Jackson.

“And, nothing makes me feel more honor and pride than when I get to meet one of you,” he wrote in his blog to the men and women in uniform.

“Last night changed my life and I will never forget it,” he wrote. “Thank you, Corporal Kelsey De Santis. Thank you for inviting me. And, thank you for being my hero.”

You can read Donna Miles’ full story HERE.

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VA Patients: Nearly 25 Percent Have Diabetes

Photo courtesy of the VA MOVE website.

The Veterans Administration estimates that nearly 1 in 4 veterans being treated at the VA has diabetes.  That’s compared to about 8 percent of the general population with diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The higher rate among veterans is attributable, in part, to the older average age of veterans being treated by the VA.

Obesity is one of the risk factors for diabetes and the VA estimates that 70 of veterans in their care are overweight. So, the VA offers veterans a weight management program, MOVE.

Some other risk factors associated with diabetes:

  • Family history of diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes (high fasting blood glucose — ask your doctor)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Low “good cholesterol” (HDL) and high triglycerides
  • Presence of heart or other vascular disease
  • Very low physical activity

You can read more about the VA research on diabetes and prevention programs HERE.

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