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?!

Tcoyd_logo Here’s the deal:

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:

September 15, Silicon Valley,
October 6, Little Rock,
October 20, Kalispell,
November 17, Milwaukee,
December 8, San Diego,

5 Responses

  1. Hannah
    Hannah August 24, 2007 at 9:37 am | | Reply

    Any idea if they would plan on coming the East Coast any time soon? I would definitely go if they would.

    If someone from TCOYD sees this…how about Philadelphia sometime in the future? :)

  2. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell August 24, 2007 at 10:53 am | | Reply

    Sounds great.

    Does he know the US has an East coast? :-) I know setup of these things are NOT trivial. I just would like one a little more local, like say in New York.

  3. Scott Johnson
    Scott Johnson August 24, 2007 at 9:50 pm | | Reply

    The TCOYD conferences are, by far, my favorite events. I highly recommend them if there is one anywhere near you.

  4. Adam
    Adam August 26, 2007 at 9:13 pm | | Reply

    I came. I saw. I conquered. Something like that. :)

  5. Michele
    Michele August 29, 2007 at 10:12 am | | Reply

    Hi all!
    Sorry for the belated response. This is TCOYD’s tentative 2008 schedule:
    February 2 Indianapolis
    March 8 Las Vegas
    April 26 Hawaii – Hawaii Convention Center
    April 27 Hawaii – Outer Island TBD
    May 10 New Orleans
    May 31 Albuquerque
    September 13 Silicon Valley
    October 25 Des Moines
    November 22 San Diego

    When the renovations to the convention center in Raleigh are complete – we’ll be back there – tentatively scheduled for April 08. As a Connecticut transplant – trust me – I want to get back to the East coast too. To do so, we’ve got to get a ton of medical professionals in an area willing to get behind doing a TCOYD conference. So we’re trying – but it takes a lot of work. Hey – San Diego makes a pretty good destination vacation for New Yorkers wanting some sunshine in December! Thanks for your patience – we’ll get out there soon.

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