DASH Camps Work to Rebrand Diabetes

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Diabetes and Sports Health
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For nearly a decade, Neill Sullivan has led SMC and REO Homes, LLC, as president. In this capacity, he renovates and preserves vintage homes in the Oakland, California, area and manages various rental properties. Demonstrating his love for the community, Neill Sullivan and his company is continuously seeking new ways to give back. He has planted hundreds of trees in the city, restored boarded up houses, and supported Diabetes and Sports Health (DASH), an organization that promotes positive diabetes identities.

Programs offered by DASH are available for youth between the ages of 6 and 18. Although the programs are specially designed for youth with type 1 or type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, any local community members, friends, and family who want to join the activities are welcome. Parents and loved ones can also attend DASH programs and participate in specific activities such as panel discussions.

Young campers at the DASH camps enjoy a huge range of sports, from soccer and baseball to dodgeball and capture the flag. They have the opportunity to learn about basic diabetes information, such as type awareness and carb counting, and are empowered through art and music. The DASH camps also work to promote community health advocacy by making diabetes information more readily available.

The DASH camps cost the organization roughly $50 a day per camper, but DASH actively tries to make its programs available to community members without being a financial burden. To this end, families and individuals can apply for partial and full scholarships for all DASH camps. Further, regular fees include lunches, t-shirts, and mentorship from athletes with diabetes.


How Meditation Can Positively Change Your Way of Thinking

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President of REO Homes and Sullivan Management Company, Neill Sullivan preserves, restores, and renovates houses throughout Berkley and Oakland. He converts unlivable and unsafe homes into beautiful houses for families. Away from his work duties, Neill Sullivan enjoys meditating.

Meditation can positively alter the brain. According to Psychology Today, by sitting down for just 15-30 minutes each day, you can take on life at a more positive approach and improve the way you interact with others. Meditation can influence key areas of the brain, such as the lateral prefrontal cortex and the medial prefrontal cortex.

The lateral prefrontal cortex is a portion of your brain that gives you the ability to look at situations from a balanced, logical, and rational standpoint. This portion of the brain is involved with overriding automatic behaviors, decreasing how an individually takes a comment personally, and modulating emotional responses.

The portion of the brain that reminds you of your experiences and perspective is the medial prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is all about you and how you reflect on yourself, think about the future, or engage with others.

By meditating routinely, you can bring about positive changes by breaking down the connection between the bodily sensation of fear and the “me center,” which is the medial prefrontal cortex. Neural paths that link anxiety sensations to the “me center” decrease with meditation. Another way that meditation works is by forming a healthy connection between fear and the lateral prefrontal cortex by allowing you to view a situation with a rational perspective.