Yes, you guessed it — as an addendum to yesterday’s post, some more cool awareness programs you might like to know about:
This is a brand new health care show airing on a local PBS affiliate KSMQ. Host Shawn Riley is also publishing episodes on his blog, HealthTechnica.com. Their latest episode features two Diabetes Educators from the Mayo Clinic as guests. They discuss definitions, prevention, tools, carbs, exercise, and even social media for D-management.
OK, it’s a little dry to watch, but lots of good basic info there — especially for that Great Aunt who may not be ‘getting’ what the diabetes is all about, even if she has it herself. Hey, if you make it to minute 10, you’ll even catch a mention of this blog as a resource for patients – nice! To watch, click here.
The Diabetes Dude
Some of you fellow D-bloggers may have received notifications as well about this 9-year-old kid Noah, aka ‘The Diabetes Dude,’ who along with his family is “flocking” around the country for diabetes awareness.
That is, they’ve started a unique campaign to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes. Since April, the family has been blanketing their local region (Taunton, MA) with blue flamingos. People who have been thus “flocked” are encouraged to take a fun photo of their flamingo and then pass the flamingo along to spread the message even further.
Lucky for Noah, he’s also an OmniPod customer, and recently “flocked” Insulet as part of this campaign. The company was so impressed that they’ve lent the services of their PR agency, Lazar Partners Ltd. out of New York, to help Noah spread awareness and hopefully reach his 50-state goal.
Team WILD: Women Inspiring Life with Diabetes
I’m a little late in announcing this one, as this year’s session of Camp WILD wrapped up on Sunday, June 6, in Boulder, Colorado. But here’s what you’ll want to know: Team WILD is a group of women athletes with type 1 diabetes from around the country, founded by Mari Ruddy, a recreational triathlete with type 1 diabetes and founder of the Red Rider Recognition Program of the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure.
It’s a multi-sport team, and Mari says she founded it because other diabetic-athlete teams seemed to have a glaring lack of women.
Camp WILD is a four-day annual ‘bootcamp-type’ experience featuring certified diabetes educators, nutritionists, and coaching experts focusing on fueling workouts and balancing insulin and other medications with food and exercise. Campers can also meet one-on-one with our medical or coaching staff to discuss specific challenges and goals. Sounds fantastic to me. Click here to learn more and check out pricing.
Similarly, DTreat is a special four-day diabetes retreat, but this one’s for all young adults (ages 18-25) living with the challenge of type 1 diabetes, offering a chance “to come together and talk through issues with both peers and professionals.”
It’s put on by by the Diabetes Camp Leadership Council (DLead), “a team of passionate leaders involved in the international diabetes community.” DLead is a sub-council of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA), which receives generous funding from the Medtronic Foundation to put on two annual DTreat conferences – one on the East coast (Boston 2010) and one one in the west (San Francisco Bay Area, CA). You can view and download their brochure in PDF from the DiabetesCamps website here.
I have to tell you that this year’s DTreat West Conference also just wrapped up (held at UC Berkeley over the weekend). The cost to attend these events is just $25 and includes room, board and all conference fees! (except transportation) — so definitely keep your eyes peeled for the next round. Or even better, you could volunteer to help out. They’re currently recruiting supporters amongst the young adult D-community, so if you were looking for a way to “advocate,” this may be your ticket.
Also, click here to view a very ‘warm’ video from last year’s inaugural DTreat held in Philadelphia. I bet this will make you want to attend!
Involved in some other great photo/ sports / advocacy program for diabetes? Feel free to ping me, and I’ll do my best to pass on the word.