Nope, nothing to do with frozen yogurt. Just a reminder that if you haven't attended one of Dr. Steven Edelman's Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) conferences around the country, get off the couch and do it, will ya?!
They're one-day Saturday sessions running from about 8am-5pm. The day starts with a welcome from Dr. Edelman himself, which you will not want to miss (suffice it to say his wife thinks he has A.D.D. -- in a good way :) The morning is then packed full of more entertaining and informative speakers talking on topics ranging from "psychological secrets" to keeping your feet healthy.
Then there's a light and nutritious lunch, during which some awe-inspiring PWD personality delivers a motivational talk. At the next venue, this is none other that Mr. Universe Doug Burns himself, sharing his drive to exercise and succeed.
The afternoon is almost the best part: you get to choose from an array of small workshops that get you up close and personal with experts on pumps, continuous monitoring, sleep apnea, alternative treatments, carb management, glucose control tips, walking and muscle toning, and much, much more. I was so not kidding when I said, everything I need to know I learned at TCOYD.
Did I mention that there's also a "Health Fair" going on simultaneously, with exhibits from all the relevant drug, device, and supply companies? Get your free ball-point pens!
And did I mention that TCOYD has introduced a new program for kids and teens (Keens) ages 8-18, who will get in for absolutely free? Their day includes an "active living theater performance" and diabetes games.
Oooh, and did I mention that the fee for adults is an extremely modest $35 per individual person, or $30 per person when two or more register together? (TCOYD's a not-for-profit gig). In addition -- get this -- several health plans have offered to pay the registration for their enrollees. In Northern California, that includes Health Net, Blue Shield and several other regional plans.
Oooh, oooh: And did I mention that I'm actually giving a talk at next month's Santa Clara conference about the online diabetes community? That's from 3:30 to 4:25 for anyone planning to attend :)
More dates + registration info HERE.
And a small reminder of the upcoming venues for the rest of this year: