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Winning day helps manage diabetes

Kolasa, Kathy

Kathy Kolasa

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Q: My neighbor told me she went to an all-day event last year that was great for people with diabetes. Do you happen to know what, where, when? JS, Greenville

A: I am always happy to promote the Winning with Diabetes Event. Tuesday, Nov. 5, is the date for the 18th Annual Winning with Diabetes conference. This event is open to anyone living with diabetes, at risk for diabetes, or wanting to support someone with diabetes. It is definitely worth the time, attention and minimal admission charge to attend. This year's event will be back at the East Carolina Heart Institute at 115 Heart Drive (off of Arlington) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Angie Watson, RDN, LDN, CDE, diabetes program coordinator at the Pitt County Health Department wanted to share some details with you. Here is what Angie, an enthusiastic and tireless supporter of people wanting to take control of their own health, wants you to know:

Diabetes can be a very demanding and complex disease, so I love it when people living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, as well as their friends and family members, are excited about learning how to better manage the condition.

For the last 17 years, Greenville has played host to a day-long event for people with diabetes and their loved ones where folks come out to learn, laugh, engage and empower themselves to manage their health. I have had the privilege to be a part of the planning committee for the past four years, and have seen firsthand the impact this event can have.

Winning with Diabetes is a rich day filled with guest speakers in the morning followed by a healthy lunch, interactive screenings, diabetes information booths and opportunities to ask the experts personal questions throughout the afternoon.

Our motto for the conference continues to be “Be the best diabetes manager you can be.” We will provide practical tips for managing your diabetes on a day to day basis.

Our morning sessions kick off with a dynamic guest speaker, Mary Tayloe Gaskins, MS, RDN, LDN. Mary works as a dietitian in Vidant’s Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, and will help simplify nutrition for diabetes management and buying groceries in her talk “Grocery Shopping 101.”

There will be a short break mid-morning with healthy snacks and drinks provided. This will be followed by “Down and Dirty on Diabetes Meds,” sure to be an engaging and informative session with Stephanie Ostling, PharmD, CDE, Diabetes Program Manager for Vidant Medical Center.

Wrapping up the morning will be Derrick Boyce, BS, MS, Exercise Physiologist and Experience Catalyst with the Vidant Medical Center. Derrick will be drilling down into goal setting and mindfulness, offering some practical tips for participants.

The healthy lunch provided mid-day gives attendees an opportunity to brush up on carbohydrate counting basics that can help control blood sugars and reduce risks in the long term.

Afternoon events include foot and kidney screenings as well as a “Know Your Numbers” station. Diabetes experts will be available throughout the event to answer questions and concerns that relate to diabetes self-management skills.

Advanced registration is required. The cost is only $20 for this full-day conference including lunch. Call 252-847-5590 to register or for more information.

This program has been able to continue in our area because of the volunteer spirit of our health care professionals and the financial support of our sponsors.

Professor emeritus Kathy Kolasa, a registered dietitian nutritionist and Ph.D., is an affiliate professor in the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. Contact her at kolasaka@ecu.edu.

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