3rd Annual Diabetes Conference, Health Fair

Saturday, October 19, 2002
Radisson Hotel, Burlington

For immediate release:
October 9, 2002

For More Information:
Lynne Dapice
865-7708

BURLINGTON—More than 300 people with diabetes, their families, health care providers and exhibitors will gather at the Radisson Hotel Burlington on Saturday, October 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to learn about the latest developments in keeping people with this disease healthy.

At 9:15 a.m., keynote speaker Catherine Gray, CNS, BC-ADM, CDE. a clinical nurse specialist from New Mexico will talk about living with diabetes. As a person with type 1 diabetes, she brings first-hand knowledge of the challenges to living with diabetes.

Ms. Gray is co-owner of Diabetes Network, Inc., a diabetes management company providing education, case management, and professional training both statewide and nationally.

She also acts as a consultant to the Pediatric Endocrinology Department at the University of New Mexico, has implemented a worksite-based diabetes disease management program for Sandia National Labs employees, and designed a diabetes care delivery system for the largest medical group in New Mexico.

Participants will have a choice of workshops on the latest developments in treatment, physical activity, nutrition and issues of children with diabetes.

Diabetes affects an estimated 35,000 Vermonters, about one-third of whom have not yet been diagnosed. Early screening and diagnosis gives the patient access to the treatment, diabetes education, management information and health care that can reduce complications and improve quality of life. Healthy Vermonters 2010, the state’s blueprint for improving public health, has set specific goals for early diagnosis, patient education, increased use of dilated eye exams, and reducing deaths from diabetes.

The conference is free to people with diabetes and their families. Pre-registration by October 16 is required.

AGENDA

There are special activities for children age 8 and up between 11 and 2:45.
Children attend general sessions with parents.