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Helping Businesses Prosper and Grow for More than 60 Years

Tooele County Chamber of Commerce

Tooele Business News

Volume 8, Number 2

Calendar of Events For a complete list of upcoming Chamber and community events, please check out our website

Chamber Luncheon

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 12-1pm Sponsor: Tooele County Health Department Location: Deseret Peak Complex $10 members, $15 non-members Please RSVP Monday, March 7th by 5pm Chamber Office 435-882-0690

Ribbon Cutting

Friday, March 11, 2011 @ Noon Oquirrh Mountain Eye Care 1244 North Main Street, Tooele

Educational Breakfast Meeting

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 8-9am “Making the Most of Your Chamber Membership” Location: Holiday Inn Express 1531 North Main Street, Tooele NO CHARGE for this event, but you must RSVP Please RSVP by Monday, March 14th 5pm Chamber Office 435-882-0690

Business After Hours

Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 5:30-7pm Host: WB Manufacturing Location: 10 South Garnet Street UID Bldg 669, Ste 5, Tooele GREAT networking opportunity! NO CHARGE for this event!

Tooele County

Chamber of commerce & Tourism

March 2011

Opportunity to Save Tooele Historical Building T

he Tooele County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has embarked on a Capital Building fund campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise funds to finish the remodeling of a permanent home for the Chamber. This fund was started many years ago by some of the founding members. Their contributions made it possible to purchase the building and do the initial work. The Chamber of Commerce and its Board are determined to secure the additional funds to continue their vision. This building, when completed, will allow us as a Chamber to continue to serve the business community and promote tourism through our welcome center for Tooele County. The Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization, not a government body with taxing authority. The Chamber functions from the dues of its members and fund raising events. Funds raised by the Chamber have been rolled back into promotional venues for businesses such as the “Business Expo – Taste of Tooele,” “Come Together Campaign,” Chamber Resource Directory, Educational Business Seminars and numerous annual events for the community including the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the Santa Parade. The Chamber of Commerce is in need of your help and is asking for you to make a one-time capital contribution for the Chamber. When you contribute we will display your business or individual name on our Heritage Wall, which will be displayed in the lobby of our completed building for generations to come. The Chamber of Commerce will accept any donation amount so that

all community members can be a part of this historic project. The old clinic will indeed be restored to fulfill a great purpose for our community by becoming the new Chamber Headquarters. The Chamber has been in existence for

over 60 years and will certainly continue to outlive all of us. By making a donation you can become one of the original stakeholders in the new Chamber Headquarters. This building will be an asset to the community for years to come.

Tooele County Health Department to Sponsor Chamber Luncheon

Information to Help our Employees Stay Healthy!


he March Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 9th at 12:00 noon at the Deseret Peak Complex located at 2930 Hwy 112. The presenter at the luncheon will be Eileen R. DeLeeuw, Certified Diabetes Educator and Tooele County Health Department Diabetes Coalition Coordinator. Her presentation will feature information about diabetes in Tooele County and a discussion of ways businesses can help improve the situation of diabetes issues among their employees. She will also present ways the new Tooele County Health Department’s Diabetes Coalition can support business efforts to improve health.

You won’t want to miss this informative meeting. Please RSVP to the Chamber office by Monday, March 7th at 5:00 pm. Cost for the luncheon is

$10 per person for Chamber members and $15 per person for non-chamber members.

Tooele County Chamber of Commerce


February 2011

Blue Rock Family Dental Celebrates Grand Opening


r. Steven Bruderer recently opened Blue Rock Family Dental, a private dental practice in Tooele. Dr. Bruderer is originally from Farmington, Utah, although he and his family moved to Stansbury Park last July from New Jersey. He graduated in 2007 from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa and then received additional general dentistry education and worked as a dentist for three years in the United States Air Force. Blue Rock Family Dental is located in the Overlake area at 1887 N. Aaron Dr. Suite A. You may reach Dr. Bruderer’s office to make an appointment at (435) 8339900. Dr. Bruderer and his wife Michelle are the parents of four children: Sally, Adri, Weston and Calvin. They are excited to be part of the Tooele Valley communities and look forward to meeting new patients and making new friends! Dr. Burberer (left) cuts the cake, donated by Macey’s for the grand opening of Blue Rock Family Dental, with dental floss with help from his wife Michelle and son Calvin. Sandy Vincent, office receptionist and Shelley Gates, dental assistant, (right) are waiting to serve you at the new Blue Rock Family Dental.

Dr. Steven Burberer cuts the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of his dental practice with help from his family, friends and staff. Chamber members who attended the event included Bill Upton, First Assembly of God; Cari Gavin, JackRabbit Press; Joyce Hogan, Energy Solutions; Wendy Guay, Dennys; Steve Smith, American Family Insurance; Tye Hoffmann, Edward Jones Investments; Shawn Milne, Click Audio Video; Mike Jensen, Tooele County Auditor; Kathy Boltz, HeritageWest Credit Union; Debbie Winn, Chamber Executive Director (photographer) and several others that are not included in the photo.

Chamber Easter Egg Hunt Coming Soon! S pring is almost here, which means it’s time to start planning the 2011 Tooele County Chamber of Commerce Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This event is planned for Saturday April 23, 2011 and will be held at Deseret Peak Complex beginning at 10am. With the growth in the county we are expecting a large crowd at this year’s Easter activities. We would like to make this a fun experience for all the children. This is where your generous help comes in. The Easter Egg Hunt is funded completely by donations and the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce would

sincerely appreciate any contributions your business would be willing to make. HOW CAN YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY? Easy! This year we are asking for candy, treats, toys, etc. to be donated by local businesses. Prizes can be as big or small as you would like. It would be great if your company name and/or logo were on the prize! Attach a business card to something that a child would like! The candy and prizes will be placed on the field for children to retrieve during the hunt. You may wish to just donate a few larger prizes,

which is also acceptable. Be creative! An Easter basket full of goodies with your business card attached would be great idea. Dentists may wish to donate toothbrushes with their logo’s on them. A construction company may want to donate a small truck with their logo imprinted on it. Come up with your own unique way to promote your business. Please send your donation to: Tooele County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 460, Tooele, Utah 84074 or give us a call if we can pick up the prizes or gift (435)882-0690. Thanks for supporting the Chamber of Commerce and our community activities

Tooele County Chamber of Commerce

February 2011


New Chamber Members The Tooele County Chamber of Commerce extends a warm welcome to our newest members: Oquirrh Mountain Eye Care Transcript Bulletin Business Membership Publishing David Morrill 1244 N Main Street,Ste 200 Business Membership Tooele, UT 84074 435-882-8439 Optometry/ Eye Care: Eye Exams, glasses, contact lenses, eye infections and injuries

Security National Mortgage Business Membership Laurie Nunley 1244 North Main Street #203 Tooele, UT 84074 435-843-5340 Mortgage loans

Rent A Center Business Membership

Jodi Wilcox 1485 North 30 West Tooele, UT 84074 435-843-0162 We provide furniture, appliances, electronics; at an affordable price for rent to own.

Scott Dunn 58 North Main Tooele, UT 435-882-0050 Local newspaper, printing, graphic design, photography

Predator Sports Small Business Membership Gregor Dzierzon 10 S Garnet Street, Bldg 669, Ste 18 Utah Industrial Depot Tooele, UT 435-277-0315 Sports training and equipment. We offer batting cages for baseball & softball. We also teach skills such as speed & agility, fielding & hitting

Tooele County

Chamber of commerce & Tourism

Community Nursing Services

Chamber Staff

Debbie Winn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director Danielle Winn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Administrative Assistant

2011 Board of Directors Kelly Duffin - Chair . .. . . . . . . . . . Mountain West Medical Center Berna Sloan - 1st Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Group 1 Real Estate Jeff Loafman - 2nd Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wal-Mart Logistics Jeff England - Secretary / Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . Axiom Financial Cari Gavin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jackrabbit Press Chris Scott. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oquirrh Hills Golf Course Jack Bell. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quality Automotive Jed Winder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tooele Vision Center Kris King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mountain America Credit Union Mike Fields. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Beck N Call Mike Jensen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tooele County Shawn Milne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Click Audio Video

Advisory Seats Joyce Hogan - Past Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .EnergySolutions Mayor Patrick Dunlavy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tooele City Mayor Brent Marshall .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grantsville City Commissioner Colleen Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tooele County Scott Bryan. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .Tooele County School District Superintendent Terry Linares . . . . .Tooele County School District

Chamber Ambassadors

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Sandy Critchlow - Ambassador Chair. . . .. . . . . . . Prudential Real Estate Kathy Boltz - 1st Vice Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HeritageWest Credit Union Bill Upton .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tooele First Assembly of God Carrie Cushman. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chris Sloan. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .Group 1 Real Estate Cindy Hollar . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..The UPS Store Deboni Sacre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Atmosphere ID Diana Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aire Expresso Gloria Kershaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Independent Scentsy Consultant Jennifer Bastian. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wal-Mart Logistics John Parkinson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HeritageWest Credit Union Kendall Bohman. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deseret Industries Kevin John. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Royal Wholesale Electric Marc Hicks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Wells Fargo Sharilyn Hunsaker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rocky Mountain Care Steve Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American Family Insurance Todd Castagno. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willow Creek Lending Vicki Griffith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Prudential Real Estate

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February 2011

Chamber Business Renewals

The Tooele County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following members for their continued support and for renewing their memberships for 2011:


Wal-Mart Logistics Mountain West Medical Center Quality Automotive



Cargill Salt Heritage West Credit Union Rocky Mountain Care Wal-Mart SuperCenter Ace Disposal Clean Harbors Grassy Mtn Landfill Morton Salt Rocky Mountain Power

Government/Industry Rio Tinto

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Peppermill Resorts of Wendover Utah State University-Tooele All Star Lanes Tooele Richie Brothers

McDonalds Mountain America Credit Union

Tooele RV & Auto Repair Southridge Pediatric Dentistry Stansbury Health Center/ U of U Steadman’s Recreation Tooele Cinema 6 All-Tech Electric Arbys Axiom Financial, LLC Coldwell Banker Hunan Village Tooele Vision Center Wireless Beehive A Company Portable Restrooms Harmony Home Health & Hospice La Frontera Restaurant

Countryside Animal Clinic Stowe Family Music Bob’s Garage & Diesel Harris Air Systems, Inc. American Family Insurance Grantsville Medical Clinic Mike Zimmerman Well Service Applebee’s ENT Surgical Associates

Small Business

Upgrades, Etcetera Computers Insurance Network, LC William Lintner Tax Service Ultimate Catering Youth Employability Services Program

Non Profit

New Hope House- Teen Challenge Tooele County Board of Realtors

Tooele Valley Rotary Club meets every Monday, 12:00 noon at Mountain West Medical Center board room. For more information on Rotary, please contact Karlene Wells, 435-882-2811.

Tooele County Chamber of Commerce

February 2011


“If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life!” Mentors Needed We are looking for FISHING TEACHERS! Become a “One2Won” Mentor And help your youth to SUCCEED in life! One2Won is a career-based, skills development mentoring program tailored to the interests of at-risk youth and the skills of community and business leaders. As part of Tooele County Youth Services, professionals will assist mentors and mentees throughout the program via collaboration meetings and ongoing communication. What to Expect

Mentors assist youth with personal interests and goals for the future by meeting with youth weekly to work on skills, being a positive example, and assisting youth with job shadowing experience(s). Collaborative meetings are held, with TCYS staff, to plan for positive change in the lives of our youth.

Program Structure

Community Mentors will be given one skill per month to work on with their mentee. At the end of three months, new skills will be added if needed.


Time Commitment 3 months (minimum) to 9 months (maximum)depending on mentor/mentee plan



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Community Mentors:

People who care about our community and see our youth as the ideal representation of our future. All mentors are required to have a background check before being matched with a youth.

With all business, there must be pleasure…We believe in rewards for progress and


improved behavior. For this reason, we will encourage collaboration among mentors and the mentoring program for ideas to reward youth for progress and improvement on their skills and in the mentor relationship in general.

Office: 435.882.4111 Fax: 435.843.5364

A graduation celebration will take place upon completion of the program. If you are interested in becoming a One2Won mentor, or have questions, please contact Debbie Daniel at Tooele County Youth Services 435-843-3226.

Free Business Consulting The Business Resource Center provides support for Business Plan Writing, Marketing, Pro Forma Financials, Feasibility Assessments, Networking, and more.

Contact Ryan Murray to schedule an appointment 435-843-3129

ADVERTISING INFORMATION Advertising in “Business News” is a great way to reach Tooele County business people and residents. Call Debbie Winn at (435) 882-0690 for ad sizes and deadline information.

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February 2011

Volunteers needed: To Join or Not to Join? Tooele County Relief Services is looking for several volunteers with computer/typing skills to perform data entry at Tooele Office. Must pass a background check, and able to volunteer a few hours OR MORE each week Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Contact Karen Kiupers 435-843-9955 or Volunteers of America, Debbie Cordova 435-8822561.

Looking for 10 to 15 Foster Grandparents (persons 55 and over) to help in schools across Tooele County helping children one on one. Stipend available for low income(less than $29,000 2-person family). Monies also available for mileage. Must pass background check. Contact Volunteers of America, Debbie Cordova 435-882-2561.

What is Business After Hours? Business After Hours is a networking event that consistently gathers business professionals together each month. It provides your business an opportunity to increase referral networks, increase name recognition, gain visibility and strengthen relationship skills. The event is held on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Chamber members network with each other and share their knowledge. Light refreshments are served and members bring prizes to be given away that evening.

and a half, but come and go as you please. The relaxed atmosphere gives you a change to network with others. Bring a gift to be used in the prize drawing! Make it a gift that promotes your business! WB Manufacturing is located in bldg 669 at the Utah Industrial Depot. We hope to see you there! If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, please contact the Chamber office at 435-882-0690.

Deciding whether or not to join a local chamber of commerce may seem like a difficult decision. Membership in a chamber can be very beneficial for small business owners.

The most important reason for joining a chamber is the opportunity they provide for you to network with other business owners. You can share your product or business options with large and small companies. You want to get your name out to other business owners so that you can begin building a relationship with others. This will enable your business to work with other Chamber member businesses and help your company grow. \ Member to member benefits is another reason to consider chamber membership. Some businesses offer discounts to other chamber members. Currently Enterprise Rent-a-Car offers a discount to all Tooele County Chamber of Commerce members

which can be used nationwide! Our local chamber is committed to keeping businesses informed on community events where they can participate and promote or sell their products. The Chamber will also help you promote your own activity for the community and help you get the word out!

The chamber can also offer representation and relationships with local governments. We can offer business training and hold free educational seminars to help you learn how to make your business grow. Chamber membership is a great investment for both your company and professional life. Call the Chamber office today at 435-882-0690 to ask questions and get the answers your business needs. If you have already joined the Chamber and are asking yourself “Now what?, give us a call and we will help your business grow!

WB Manufacturing will be the host of our March 24th event to be held from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. There is no charge for this even t and you do not have to RSVP! Just come and enjoy yourself. You do not have to stay the entire hour

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Sponsored by The Tooele Chamber of Commerce Tooele Applied Technology College and and USU for Tooele County businesses.


A great investment at $499.* *Quailified companies pay only $300.

This Custom Fit program was highly regarded the first year by our Tooele participants, and we look forward to offering it to a new class of leaders! Could you use your tax refund as a down payment on a home? Let’s do the math together.

Jeff England & Dori Warner

Call us today for a no-obligation, 10-minute pre-qualification!

Mortgage Consultants

435.830.2121 Jeff 435.830.3662 Dori 435.882.1873 Office © 2011 Axiom Financial LLC. All services rendered by Axiom Financial are to assist in providing mortgage loans. OAC. Not an offer to lend. All programs and terms subject to change without notice.

Six-week program held at USU-Tooele.

Wednesdays 8 am to 4 pm beginning March 30. Contact Deborah Labenski at (435) 248-1805,

66 West Vine St. 435.248.1800

Tooele County Chamber of Commerce

February 2011

The Chamber of Commerce Presents: Making the Most of Your Chamber Membership


he Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an educational breakfast meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 8-9am at Holiday Inn Express, 1531 North Main Street in Tooele; there is no charge for this event and a continental breakfast is included. We would like to invite any new Chamber member’s, or businesses that are thinking of joining the Chamber and want to know how they can benefit from a Chamber membership. The Chamber offers so many opportunities to make your business prosper and grow. This meeting will discuss the many chances you will have as a Chamber member to get your business to reach out to many people throughout the community. This meeting will discuss several advertising opportunities such as the Resource Directory, the monthly newsletter, and welcome packets. The Chamber’s sole purpose is to promote local business so we want to offer our Chamber members the opportunity to have a ribbon cutting or an article in the newsletter to showcase your business and introduce you to the community. The Chamber is all about networking. We want businesses to help each other and so that is why we offer bi-monthly luncheons and hold Business After Hours so that businesses can have the opportunity to network and get to know one another. The Chamber always has an event going on and we love to give businesses the opportunity to sponsor certain events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, the Golf Tournament, the Independence Day Breakfast, the Business Expo, and the Santa Parade. We also offer leadership opportunities. Businesses can serve on a committee or serve on the Board of Directors. Mentioned earlier the Chamber’s sole purpose is to promote local business and by doing so we have implemented the Come Together Campaign. We want people to shop local and to know that products are available in Tooele. That is why we work so hard to promote Tooele County so that our tax dollars stay in our own “backyard.” This meeting will discuss all of these items in greater detail. So if you are interested in coming whether you are already a member or a potential member please RSVP by Monday, March 14th by 5pm. You can RSVP by email or by phone at 435-882-0690.

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February 2011

Sales and Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Professionals


’m Paula Williams, and my husband John and I live in Tooele and own the marketing company ABCI LLC. Our intention is to help businesses become successful.

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We’ve lived in Tooele for 11+ years, and have enjoyed seeing the businesses in the city become more sophisticated. We’ve been involved with the Chamber of Commerce for several years, and even facilitated a small business networking group called “Shop Tooele” several years ago, before the current “Come Together” campaign.

We’ve had a bit of a hiatus from local activity for the last two years – we started a marketing consulting firm that serves aviation and related industries. Our work has kept us out of town quite a bit. With travel becoming more and more “fun” lately, (thanks to increasing restrictions and so on) we’ve come to the conclusion that we’d like to spend more time at home, and much of the consulting we do would have strong local appeal as well – most of the principles of business and marketing are universal. We’ve learned more in the past two years of running marketing campaigns for aviation companies than we EVER learned in school. (John has an MBA in International Business and Finance, and I have a Master’s in Adult Education and Bachelor in Mass Communication.) We use a lot of the things we learned from courses we’ve taken, but have found the “real world” to be a much better teacher of what works and what doesn’t work while making businesses and entrepreneurs successful. We currently teach the Marketing Master Class for entrepreneurs and professionals to help them learn some of the “real world” lessons we’ve learned without the time or expense it took for us. We tackle one topic per month (Facebook, video


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Continued from page 8 marketing, blogs, direct mail, trade shows, search engines or SEO) and cover it in depth. Our class members are encouraged to “show their work” and get feedback from one another – sometimes the best ideas come from a class member who’s faced the same issue. It’s a great venue for collaboration and learning about marketing. Most of the class members are owners of companies in aviation or related fields, but the topics are useful for anyone, particularly in technical or business to business (B2B)fields, where there isn’t much good information out there. We also write weekly articles on sales and marketing topics, and offer a free book titled “Sales & Marketing – Cost Effective Strategies & Tools” on our website, www. We also host a podcast, “Your Marketing CoPilot”, on Blog Talk Radio. We interview thought leaders in aviation and marketing. We enjoy discussing sales and marketing tactics and strategies with these folks. We’ve been speakers at the Aviation Industry Expo in Las Vegas and I was a panelist on the Social Media panel at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia. We’ve authored a book titled “Flight Plan to Sales Success – New Media Marketing in the Aviation Industry” that’s currently available on We also write regularly for the Wheels Up business aviation column on

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rue or False? Diabetes causes blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, impotence, stroke and amputations? Well, technically, FALSE! In fact, high blood sugars can cause all of the above, but well controlled diabetes is the leading cause of NOTHING! Ok, ok, while well controlled diabetes is the leading cause of NOTHING, it (the good control) certainly requires a lot of something—diligent self-management! Thus, the theme of recent media messages sponsored by the new Tooele County Health Department’s Diabetes Coalition has been: “Diabetes: Face it now! It’s not easy but it’s worth it.”

The Coalition has been organized with a small grant from the Utah State Diabetes Prevention and Control Program which just awarded the Health Department a large three year grant to establish diabetes education and other resources throughout the County. Coalition advisory board members include doctors, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, business leaders, representatives of health care and other community agencies and organizations, and persons with diabetes. The coalition meets to discuss community diabetes resources and needs and plan ways to meet those needs. This group will advise the health department on and support them in achieving the goals of the new grant. “Diabetes: Learn it, Live it, Do it!” is the theme chosen  by the Coalition for  March, the tradi tional Diabetes Alert  Month. Tooele  County citizens   will be encouraged to know and reduce their risk for diabetes or, for those already with diabetes, to reduce their risks for the fright1676 N Progress Way ening complications. Tooele (North side of overpass) A fun community fair will be held on Saturday March 26th • Engines • Transmission • Drive Axle • Front End • A/C • to allow the commu• Power Steering • Tune-up • Engine Diagnostics • nity to try new ways to move more and


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eat better and to help people know their diabetes risk. Diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood sugars. This problem involves insulin which acts like a key to open the way (or the door) for sugar to leave the blood and enter body cells where it can be used for energy. In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas no longer makes insulin and therefore sugar stays in the blood and cannot enter the cells (to provide energy). In Type 2 diabetes, either the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the insulin does not work correctly (insulin resistance), similar to a rusty key that does not work well in opening locked doors. Often Type 2 diabetes involves both these factors---not enough insulin and insulin not working well (insulin resistance). Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have “prediabetes”—blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during prediabetes. Therefore, the Tooele County Diabetes Coalition is also encouraging people to know their risk for diabetes and work with their health care providers to make sure it is detected

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and treated early, before such damage occurs. Research also shows that people at risk for diabetes can delay or, in some cases, even prevent it with exercise and weight control. These efforts make insulin work better while making the body need less insulin. Thus, the Diabetes Coalition will be encouraging these healthy habits which also help manage blood sugars in persons with diabetes. Tooele County has a history of high/ poor diabetes statistics. Our diabetes rate is 9%, compared to the state rate of 7.6%. We have greater rates for all diabetes related complications, except eye disease, than state rates and our rate of heart disease in persons with diabetes is especially high. Not only does diabetes make a person’s risk for heart disease and stroke 2 to 4 times higher, in Tooele County persons with diabetes have high rates of other factors that also cause heart disease and stroke: 63% have high blood pressure, 61% high cholesterol and 91% are overweight/obese. It is important to remember, however, that people who have had previously poorly controlled blood sugar (and other risk factors) can reduce their risks of complications by gaining control NOW! Community response to the Diabetes Coalition and its initial efforts has been extremely positive. Tooele County seems ready to more aggressively face diabetes and thus improve health. Recently the Health Department contracted Dan Jones to survey the opinions of people in Tooele County. Of health problems, obesity, cancer, and diabetes were of greatest and very significant concern. Lack of exercise and unhealthy eating were the lifestyles of most serious concern. Coalition plans will be to bring the county and individual communities and community groups together to improve these issues. To do so, business support for a scholarship fund for diabetes education (and, hopefully, other diabetes needs) for persons without insurance coverage will be sought. Several Tooele County Chamber of Commerce businesses have offered

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Continued from page 10 support for Coalition activities and more such support will be needed. Persons to help with any aspect of the Diabetes Coalition are also being sought. To offer such support, email or call 435-840-0299 or 435-277-2482. The Coalition will be on Facebook and Twitter and the Tooele County web site ( will be continually updated to feature pictures and interviews of people dealing with diabetes as well as diabetes information. Many compliments have already been received for these efforts. The previously mentioned Grant is certainly once such acknowledgement. On March 26th the State Wide Diabetes Expo included activities suggested and used first by our Coalition and Tooele County residents with diabetes were featured in picture

and video there. The upcoming April Utah Public Health Association Confereence will offer a presentation about our County diabetes efforts. On March 9th, the Chamber of Commerce luncheon will feature a presentation about diabetes in Tooele County and a discussion of ways businesses can help improve the situation and ways the Coalition can support business efforts to improve health. These efforts can truly be called a community mobilization. It has been inspiring to see such cooperation and commitment at all levels of our community. Indeed, it is likely we will soon say that Tooele County Diabetes Coalition efforts are a leading cause of improved health and well-being, developed as a result of strong community support and cooperation! Submitted by Eileen R. DeLeeuw, MS,RD,CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator and Tooele County Health Department Diabetes Coalition Coordinator


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