March 2013 Events

March 2, 2013 —  American Diabetes Association Expo in Salt Lake City, UT.

The EXPO is FREE and includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep you and your family healthy.Visit the American Diabetes Association EXPO/Salt Lake City and Join the Millions in the fight to Stop Diabetes. Learn how to live healthy, be active, and change the future of diabetes for you and your family.

For more information contact Beverly Bartel at (888) DIABETES ext. 7072 or

March 3, 2013 — Join JDRF's New York City Chapter for READY, SET, PLAY! A JDRF Family Day on March 3, 2013 from 2PM- 5PM at The Field House at Chelsea Piers. At READY, SET, PLAY!, guests can enjoy the following activities:

  • Batting Cages
  • Soccer Fields & Basketball Courts
  • Lacrosse Clinics with Greg Gurenlian of the New York Lizards
  • Gymnastics Area & Rock Climbing Wall
  • Entertainment from Mike Messer of the Dirty Sock Funtime Band
  • Toddler Activity Center with The Craft Studio
  • Hip Hop Dance Lessons
  • Face Painting
  • ....and MUCH more!

For tickets and event information, visit or contact Erin Gannon at

March 5, 2013 —  Call to Congress: Stop Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocates from across the country will gather for the American Diabetes Association's premier advocacy day in Washington, D.C. – Call to Congress: Stop Diabetes.

"Call to Congress provides diabetes advocates from across the nation with an opportunity to shine a spotlight on this deadly epidemic and urge Congress to make meaningful investments toward the fight to Stop Diabetes," said Gina Gavlak, RN, BSN, Chair, National Advocacy Committee, American Diabetes Association. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that by 2050 as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes unless steps are taken to prevent this. Congress must act now to fund vital diabetes research, treatment and prevention programs that could curb the trajectory of this disease and ultimately save lives."

To call your Senators & Representatives and tell them to fund diabetes research and prevention, click here.

Some facts about diabetes:

Diabetes kills more Americans every year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. It's the #1 cause of new cases of blindness in adults in the U.S. It doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke.

 •1 in 12 Americans have it.

 •1 in 4 of those Americans doesn't know it yet.

 •1 in 3 Americans are at increased risk for developing diabetes.

Together, we have the power to change these statistics.

March 8-10, 2013 —  International Conference and Expo in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Children with Diabetes (CWD) presents our Fourth Annual Friends for Life Canada conference! Join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge ideas for your family's diabetes management. Participate in parent discussion groups and find new, creative ways to help and motivate your children. Connect in-person with families you've met through the CWD online community. Watch toddlers and teens, young parents and grandparents, new diabetes professionals and practiced clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget!

Who Should Attend the 2013 Event?

  • Families and individuals with type 1 diabetes
  • Young adults, teens, school-age children, and younger children
  • Children with type 1 diabetes and their siblings and their best friends
  • Their parents and grandparents
  • Adults with type 1 diabetes and their families
  • Health care professionals who work with type 1 diabetes

Call the Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre at 800-905-0667  to register.

March 9, 2013 —  American Diabetes Association Expo in New York, NY.

The EXPO is FREE and includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep you and your family healthy.

Jacob Javits Convention Center- North

655 West 34th Street (entrance 39th Street and 11th Avenue)

New York, NY 10001

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Ronald Tamler, MD, PhD, CDE

EXPO 2013 Chairmain

For more information contact Tracy Leary at 212-725-4925 ext. 3429 or

March 9, 2013   Free Belly Dance Class with Kate Montgomert.

This low-impact cardiovascular dance is a great way for everyone to strengthen muscles throughout the body while having a blast! Everyone, with and without diabetes, all ages, abilities are welcome to join.

This event starts at 1 p.m. at The African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, S.F., CA 94102 between Buchanan & Webster). Free parking.

Register at or call Theresa at 1-877-765-4386.

March 9, 2013 — The Mr. Divabetic Stage Show

The happy healthcare host, Max ‘Mr. Divabetic' Szadek brings his dynamic diabetes educational stage show to the the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Expo in New York on Saturday, March 9, 2013, 1 - 1:45 PM at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY. Mr. Divabetic's unique, entertaining approach to diabetes education includes nutrition information in game formats, ‘Diagnosis To Diva' patient testimonials and fun fitness demonstrations with prizes giveaways. His interactive presentations celebrate a new attitude in diabetes outreach that encourages women to "don't get down, get DIVA!" about living with diabetes.

Max Szadek who was Luther Vandross' assistant of 14 years, founded Divabetic, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, after witnessing his boss, mentor, and friend struggle in silence and solitude with the diabetes and its related complications. More information at:

March 9, 2013 — The Divabetic Club

Join us for our free monthly diva-style empowerment sessions to learn how to take charge and live better with diabetes. Each session covers everything from glucose monitoring to exercising to gardening for healthy eating. A bonus: you'll make lifelong friends!

Divabetic Club - Cleveland

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 9:30 AM - 12 PM

Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland 

3601 Green Road, #100, Beachwood, OH

9:30 - 12 PM


Register at (216) 591-0800

March 10, 2013 — Dodging for Diabetes

Join Anna Tiedeman Irwin and Elizabeth Kramer Dugan as they put on the 8th Annual Dodging Diabetes dodgeball tournament in the Washington, D.C. area.  100% of the money they raise supports diabetes research and treatment with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Joslin Diabetes Center.

Visit to register or learn more!

March 12, 2013 —  The Divabetic Diabetes Roundtable Inspired by Melba Moore podcast from 6-7 PM ET.

R&B music legend, Grammy nominee, and Tony Award winning actress Melba Moore, whose life off stage is as dramatic and empowering as her art, inspires March's Diabetes Roundtable's one hour whirlwind of wellness hosted by Mr. Divabetic.

Special Guests: Tony Award Winner and R&B Icon Melba Moore, Alex Ong, Patricia Addie Gentle RN, CDE, Helaine Ciporen MEd, LCSW and the founder of Diabetes Families (, Susan Weiner RD, MS, CDE, CDN, Mama Rose Marie and Thomas Moore the founder of the Blue Heel Society who is living with diabetes.

March 13-16, 2013 — 13th Annual Rachmiel Levine Diabetes and Obesity Symposium in Pasadena, California. ...

The 13th Annual Rachmiel Levine Symposium, entitled "Advances in Diabetes Research", will be held at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California.  The meeting will cover type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  Also highlighted will be results of recent diabetes clinical trials, debate sessions, a poster session, and a keynote dinner lectureship. For more information, visit the website.

March 15, 2013 —  New perspective in managing diabetes.

7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center - Kearney

The Nebraska Association of Diabetes Educators is sponsoring its annual symposium for professionals. The target audience for the symposium is nurse practitioners, RNs, LPNs, nursing assistants, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and others who work with diabetes and persons with diabetes in a variety of settings. The meeting will provide healthcare professionals with an interactive experience in working and living with diabetes. Registration information will be sent in January, and continuing education credits will be offered to the participants. For more information, contact Cindy Polich at

March 17, 2013 —   American Diabetes Association.

Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It's a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to stop diabetes and raise critical funds for diabetes research,education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. The Tour is a ride, not a race. Whether you are an occasional rider or an experienced cyclist, there is a route just for you. You can choose to ride 10, 25, 50, 70 or 101 miles!  So take the Ride of Your Life and sign up today!

For more information contact Cesar Cesareo at 1-888-DIABETES Ext. 3037 or

March 18, 2013 — A SPOONFUL OF GINGER will once again feature Boston's finest chefs for a food tasting like none other at the beautiful Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave  Boston, MA 02115. The tasting will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Hudson at, or call 617.309.2512.
Proceeds benefit Joslin Diabetes Center's Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI), which strives to enhance the quality of life and health outcomes for the rising number of Asian Americans living with diabetes, as well as working with Joslin in their commitment to finding a cure.

March 21, 2013 — The Divabetic Club

Join us for our free monthly diva-style empowerment sessions to learn how to take charge and live better with diabetes. Each session covers everything from glucose monitoring to exercising to gardening for healthy eating. A bonus: you'll make lifelong friends!

Divabetic Club - Philadelphia

Thursday, March 21, 2013 12PM- 1PM

Jefferson Alumni Hall , First Floor Eakins Lounge

10th and Locust Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19107


Register: 1-800-JEFF-NOW

March 23, 2013 — 4th Annual Diabetes: Head to Toe (De Los Pies a la Cabeza) Conference in New Jersey from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Get free admission to:

  • Bilingual workshops (English and Spanish) about nutrition, nerve damage, heart-relted complications, exericse and management, and prevention of diabetes
  • Learn how to use your meter and how to manage diabetes at shchool or at work.
  • Free health screenings and services: Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, BMI, Carbon Monoxide, Cholesterol, Dental, Foot, Lung Age Capacity, Osteoporosis, and Vision
  • "Ask the Doctor" and Ask the Pharmacist"
  • Free or low-cost flu shots
  • Cooking demonstrations, fitness instructors, and much more!

The event is for the entire family, and children will enjoy games and entertainment in our youth zone. Pre-register now to reserve your seat. the first 750 will receive a FREE GIFT and complementary lunch at the event.

Special guest/Invitado especial: Celebrity Chef Mauricio Londono

NOTE: Pre-registrations from the Nov. 17, 2012 cancelled event will be honored.

For more details, click here.

March 23, 2013 — Diabetes affects 3.7 million people in the state of California.  Many are asking the same question: "Does anyone understand what it's like to live with diabetes?"  Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that has been educating and motivating diabetes communities in cities around the country since 1995, and they understand.  TCOYD will be hosting their fifth conference in Santa Clara with an all-star cast of diabetes experts for a day that will ignite motivation, offer hope and change the life of anyone with diabetes!

Join TCOYD at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9:00am – 5:00pm.  Expect motivational, uplifting and informative presentations from leading diabetes experts, one-on-one advice from endocrinologists, diabetes educators, dietitians, pharmacists and personal trainers, along with workshops that include the most up-to-date information on diabetes care and self-advocacy in a variety of topics and formats.

SPACE IS LIMITED: pre-registration is recommended. 

Registration fees: $20 per person ($15 per person for groups of 2 or more) on or before 12 noon PST Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  Day-of event registration is $25 and begins at 7:30am at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE BY CALLING TCOYD.

To register or to get more information, call 800.99.TCOYD (800.998.2693) or visit

Are you a medical professional?  Consider registering for the "Making the Connection" program, a conference for medical professionals that runs in conjunction with the Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference & Health Fair.  Earn 7.25 CEU credits.  For more information visit or call 888.229.6263.

March 26, 2013 — CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA Free Healthy Living Information Sessions. REDUCE YOUR DIABETES RISK AND GAIN TOOLS FOR HEALTHY LIVING . The CENTRAL CONNECTICUT COAST YMCA is sponsoring free healthy living information sessions on March 26th, DIABETES ALERT DAY. Meet one of our supportive Y leaders and learn more about eating healthier, increasing physical activity and making other behavior changes for healthy living.  Free gifts for everyone who attends! You won't want to miss this seminar!  Please call Kelly Vaughan at 203 375 5844 ext 32 or email to register. To learn more visit

March 27, 2013 — Dr. Richard Bernstein will participate in another 60-minute TeleSeminar and Webcast at 8PM EST, 7PM CST, 6PM MST, 5PM PST, designed to answer your most important questions concerning diabetes and his thoughts on the latest developments in this area. Dr. Bernstein is a practicing diabetologist who has had diabetes for over 60 years. He is the author of six best selling diabetes books, including Diabetes Solution and The Diabetes Diet. Currently a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he also has a private practice in Mamaroneck, New York. The teleseminar and webcast session is FREE but seating will be limited and you must also register. You'll be able to send in your own questions for him to respond to, and also learn about the best treatments and self-care practices. Click here now to register for the next upcoming call.

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