Patti LaBelle Changed Her Life After a Diabetes Diagnosis. How Can You?

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Music Legend Patti LaBelle Teams Up with Hood Calorie Countdown to Discuss Living and Eating More Mindfully in Honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month

Did you know that 1.5 million Americas are diagnosed with diabetes each year? Many of those people may believe that a diagnosis means no more fun in the kitchen – however, that is not the case! In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, music legend and cookbook author Patti LaBelle recently teamed up with Hood Calorie Countdown and YourUpdateTV to discuss how to make more mindful choices regarding exercise and diet.

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Patti was diagnosed with diabetes over 20 years ago and it took a while for her to get in tune with her condition. She made the choice to put a greater emphasis on her health and changed her way of living accordingly. By exercising and being more cognizant of what she eats – with brands like Hood Calorie Countdown – she’s not just living with diabetes, she’s living well with diabetes.

Hood Calorie Countdown is a creamy and delicious dairy beverage that has 53% fewer calories, 75% less sugar and 75% fewer carbohydrates than regular milk. It’s a great option for those who miss milk in their diet, but want less sugar, and fewer calories and carbohydrates.

Whether it’s during holiday cooking or every day, making mindful choices is always important – and opting for substitutes can make a big difference. For instance, there are many delicious and easy breakfast options featuring Hood Calorie Countdown, including Raspberry Almond Overnight Oats, Pumpkin Muffins and Peach Cobbler Smoothies. These recipes are delicious options for the whole family, and feature fewer calories, fewer carbohydrates and less sugar than recipes made with regular milk.

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About Patti LaBelle:
Beautiful simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility for which Ms. Patti is known and revered.

It’s a small wonder that Patti has time for anything else in between recording and touring, but she makes time and the world is oh so happy that she does! Patti has written five best-selling books, Don’t Block the Blessings, LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About, Patti’s Pearls, Patti LaBelle’s Lite Cuisine and Recipes for the Good Life. More recently, she introduced Patti’s Good Life, a successful line of food products that features a variety of sauces, sweet potato pie and cakes and has starred in her own highly rated cooking specials on the Cooking Channel and Food Network.

In addition to her amazing career as an entertainer and entrepreneurial success, Ms. LaBelle’s work as a humanitarian is just as legendary. She remains an advocate for adoption, foster care, Big Sisters and the United Negro College Fund, among many other initiatives. While Ms. LaBelle's celebrated 50-plus year career is respected world-wide, she has also endured and survived personal strife. Within a 10-year period, she lost her mother, three sisters and best friend to diabetes and cancer. In 1994, LaBelle was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly thereafter became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.

The same motivation that had Patricia Louise Holte blossom from a choir member to lead vocalist for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles and later Labelle, to a solo artist is the same energy that keeps her fire burning at seventy-three years young. “Each year I grow, and that’s a blessing from God. I do what I can do. I do what I feel God has given me the energy to do, so I just go out there and I do it…It’s not about making money because I don’t need money, but I need to sing. With a voice or without, I’ve got to get on that stage.” And the world is thankful that Ms. Patti’s voice sounds so good to our ears.

About Hood:
For more than 170 years, the name Hood® has been synonymous with fresh, quality dairy products that taste great. Founded in 1846 in Charlestown, Massachusetts by Harvey Perley Hood, the company has since extended its New England roots, and today Hood is a national company distributing dairy products throughout the United States. In fact, HP Hood LLC is now one of the country’s largest branded food and beverage companies with 13 manufacturing plants throughout the United States. The company also maintains its own research and development operation, which supports the superior product quality and innovation that Hood customers have come to expect.

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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