What is Spa4Diabetes?

Spa4Diabetes is a non-profit organization that aims to bring the global diabetes epidemic into mainstream society’s consciousness to help stop the proliferation of the disease and advocate healthy living.  Using the spa as a model for a healthy lifestyle, Spa4Diabetes also seeks to give diabetics a fun and indulgent approach to healthy habits and disease management and slow the development of Type 2 Diabetes.


  • To generate publicity of the societal and health implications of diabetes utilizing the influence and educational power of the beauty and spa industries.
  • To hinder the growth of Type 2 diabetes by advocating pre-diabetes testing and inspiring the adoption of spa-inspired nutrition, stress management and fitness habits.
  • To make spa treatments available and safe for diabetics by collaborating with spas & by offering spa at home programs.  

BlueBeauty: The Pink Ribbon for Diabetes

Diabetes is not glamourous.  Until recently it hasn’t gotten much notice.  This made me really angry. Not because other diseases aren’t important.  But to fund research – one needs money.  And the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

The tire that makes the most noise is breast cancer.  Estee Lauder handed out pink ribbons after a race that made breast cancer de riguer.  Ever since great strides have been made.

BlueBeauty can mean the same for diabetes.  Bringing the diabetes crisis into popular culture, encouraging self care and raising money.  John Lepp of Idea Design was so inspired he created the logo and wrote about it.

Look for the BlueBeauty logo on products & in spas globally.  Money raised will fund the int’l public relations campaign and go to organizations such as the International Diabetes Federation (part of the United Nations), JDRF & The American Diabetes Assn.

BlueBeauty:  Promote, Prevent, Prevail

See our BlueBook to find participating spas.

Would your company like to help us fight diabetes?  Email us or call 513-543-0993

Message From Founder Candy Silvasy:  A Healthy Life is Sweeter than My Name

My mother and father both have Type 2 diabetes.  (Perhaps not so coincidentally, they named me Candy – the other choice was Cookie!)  Watching this diagnosis impact their lives inspired me to start Spa4Diabetes.  What I didn’t know is that it would bring my life full circle.

I lost 50 pounds as a teen mimicking the Golden Door Spa program.  This infatuated me with spas so much that spa became my career.  Fast forward to my parents diagnosis – after my concern for them I was worried for me.  I wanted to live anti-diabetically so I wouldn’t get it too.  Then I realized I already was & why?  Because of spa!

I love good food and indulging – as do most us so how do I reconcile the two?  Especially with a name that is the very definition of diabetes?  Everything I had learned at the spa had spilled over into my daily life – so I was living a luxurious life that just happened to be healthy.  Thus far I am diabetes free.

If you or someone you know has diabetes, let me encourage you a healthy life doesn’t mean deprivation – but the opposite – regaining the energy to pursue the life you want.  Believe me, I coached my parents on spa living and their readings have improved.   Proving that a healthy lifestyle that encompasses spa strategies, can make a positive difference.  You can do it!

Best, Candy

Spa Around the World to Stop Diabetes

To raise a global ruckus about diabetes, I plan to spa around the world following Phileas Fogg’s route in Around the World in 80 Days.  S4D is seeking sponsors to donate per spa treatment or per spa visited, with a bonus for completing the itinerary in 80 days.  Inquiries welcome at

Some Statistics About Diabetes

  • Growing at the rate of 2 cases diagnosed every 10 seconds and every 10 seconds 2 people die from diabetes
  • Strikes children as well as adults with the average age declining annually
  • Will strike 1 out of every 3 people, including children
  • 80% of Type 2 cases could have been prevented by lifestyle changes

13 Responses to “Spa4Diabetes”

  1. sylvie October 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    wear blue!

  2. Spas in Mississauga May 24, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    My cousin has diabetes, will refer her to your article, thanks for all the great info!

  3. artofthespa January 25, 2010 at 4:11 am #

    thanks so much, what is your blog? I’d love for you to mention it.

  4. Diabetes diet February 2, 2010 at 1:47 am #

    It’s an article about “Diabetes” that is really good!! Thanks!

  5. April Chandra March 29, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    Hello, A good friend of mine referred me to your site, and I must say that I am very glad that I visited. The information is “gold” to me. I will also be referring some of my friends to your site as well. It is amazing what you can learn online today. Thanks a lot.

  6. NancyD September 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    This is an excellent idea. I have a lot of type 2 diabetes amongst my relatives and we all have said that the disease should be given more awareness. There are so many people who are pre-diabetic and could so easily be prevented from the full blown disease if caught in time and action taken.

    • artofthespa September 22, 2010 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks so much Nancy. I couldn’t agree more and hope to do just that.


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