MINNEAPOLIS — The American Diabetes Association-Minnesota will host its ninth annual Diabetes EXPO on Sat., Oct. 13, 2012 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The one-day free event showcases the latest products and services for people with diabetes. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and ride MetroTransit buses or light rail to the Diabetes EXPO for free with a coupon available on the EXPO website beginning Sept. 1 at www.diabetes.org/expominneapolis.
The Diabetes EXPO provides the public with a unique opportunity to talk with health care experts and obtain important medical and nutritional information. This highly interactive event is a chance to find out how the American Diabetes Association is helping people with diabetes and their families in your community.
Free health screenings will be provided in the Sam’s Club and Walmart Live Better Screening Area and will including A1C (long term blood glucose control), blood pressure, BMI (Body Mass Index), cholesterol, diabetes risk assessment using blood glucose testing, eye, hearing, kidney, sleep apnea and foot screening.
Visit the cooking demonstrations for healthy food sampling as well as healthy and tasty recipes and tips. Stop by the “Active Living Area” to learn how to work fitness into your everyday life with fitness demonstrations and exercise tips.
A Youth Zone with exciting activities, games, face painting, prizes and information will be available for children with diabetes and their families. Learn more about healthy living through active play and organized activities.
In the American Diabetes Association Experience, participants can learn about local programs and events, advocacy activities, and research being conducted in our community. Pick up a free issue of Diabetes Forecast magazine and informational brochures. Talk with volunteers and find out how to get involved with the American Diabetes Association.
“Diabetes Pathways to Better Health” sponsored by Novo Nordisk, Inc. will be featured at the EXPO. The Diabetes Pathways to Better Health will be suggested activities of things to see and do at the EXPO in order to make the most of the experience. Pathways will include specific speakers and demonstration to visit during the EXPO based on interest such as prediabetes, type 1 adult, type 1 youth and type 2 diabetes. These pathways will make navigation through this event easier and will enable participants to engage in activities that specifically pertain to their needs and interests.
“One in three Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes by year 2050. If you or a loved one has diabetes — or is at high risk of developing diabetes — the Diabetes EXPO provides a fun, relaxed environment to learn more about the prevention and management of diabetes and its serious complications,” said Dr. Kevin Peterson, Family Medicine Physician with University of Minnesota, and chair of the 2012 EXPO. “The Diabetes EXPO is an event open to the entire community where one can find a wealth of information on the prevention and treatment of diabetes mellitus. Anyone attending the EXPO will also have the opportunity to ask questions of a distinguished panel of health professionals of various specialties and to listen to lectures on different health-related topics.”
Diabetes now affects nearly 26 million people in the United States, an increase of more than 2 million in approximately two years. In addition to the 25.8 million with diabetes, another 79 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes.
Among people with diabetes, those who do not know they have the disease decreased from 30 percent to 25 percent over a two-year period. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is critical. Diabetes can be a devastating disease. If it is not properly managed, it can lead to amputations, kidney failure, blindness, heart disease and stroke.
More than 70 exhibitors, featuring the latest products, medications, information and services, are participating in the Diabetes EXPO. Sponsors include Delta Dental of Minnesota and Eli Lilly. MetroTransit will also be providing free transportation on buses and light rail to and from the convention center on the day of the event.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities. For more information visit www.diabetes.org.
2012 Diabetes EXPO Schedule of Events (subject to change)
9:00 a.m. Show floor open: Exhibitors, Free Health Screenings, Ask the Expert and Youth Zone ongoing throughout the day
9:30 a.m. Healthy Eating Cooking Demonstration
9:30 a.m. Active Living Fitness Demonstration
9:45 a.m. “Can Diabetes Affect Sexual Health?” Anders L. Carlson, MD – Health Partners
10:15 a.m. “What Happened to the Family Dinner?” Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH – University of Minnesota
10:30 a.m. Healthy Eating Cooking Demonstration
10:30 a.m. Active Living Fitness Demonstration
11:15 a.m. “Research Today Will Change Diabetes Tomorrow” Betsy Seaquist, MD – University of Minnesota
11:30 a.m. Healthy Eating Cooking Demonstration
11:30 a.m. Active Living Fitness Demonstration
12:15 p.m. “Healthy Meals on the Go” Carol Brunzell, RD, LD, CDE – University of Minnesota, Fairview
12:30 p.m. Healthy Eating Cooking Demonstration
12:30 p.m. Active Living Fitness Demonstration
1:15 p.m. “Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?” Melanie Jaeb, MPH, RD, and Patti Laqua, RD – University of Minnesota
1:30 p.m. Healthy Eating Cooking Demonstration
1:30 p.m. Active Living Fitness Demonstration
1:45 p.m. “Sleep and Diabetes: A Sweet and Sour Relationship” John A. Damergis, Jr., MD – Noran Clinic Sleep Center
3:00 p.m. Show floor closes