May 2014 Events

May 2, 9, 16, 2014 – Cooking Class: 'Diabetes Initiative' at UConn, includes cooking, food prep, info, recipes, and shopping. Fridays 1:15 PM to 3:00 PM, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCONN, 99 East Main Street, Room 102, Waterbury, CT 06702. 203-236-9924. $60 plus membership fee. Help for Type 2 diabetes: prevention; avoid complications; and reduce or eliminate the need for medications. Diabetes-nutrition topics via DVD with Neal Barnard, M.D. Learn practical food tips, cooking skills for easy-to-prepare, gluten-free (or easily adaptable) meals. Anyone concerned about Type 2 diabetes will benefit from the fun class and enjoy delicious food samples.  A lively shopping tour will be included.

May 10, 2014 – Dance Out Diabetes is holding a flash mob rehearsal, but keep it quiet! The class will be held at The African American Arts & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 between Buchanan & Webster). Free parking.

Register at or call Theresa at 1-877-765-4386. Please show up promptly at 1 pm for check-in. Wear comfortable shoes, clothes and bring water (and a snack if needed). We are a scent-free organization. Send music requests to

May 13, 2014 – The Derby Diabetes Education Club, in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association, holds monthly meetings to discuss the management of diabetes, its challenges, and day-to-day dietary concerns. Those seeking additional information may call 203-734-5288 (evenings), 203-732-7181, or Griffin InfoSource at 203-732-7211. Registration is requested.

May 13, 2014 — Wright Drug will offer Diabetes Education on May 13 starting at 6:30 p.m., at Heflin Methodist Church. The topic will be How Stress Effects Diabetes with Christopher Randolph, MD.

May 17, 2014 –  The EXPO is FREE and includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management, research 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 Los Angeles 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.


Questions about EXPO? Please contact Maria Vasquez at or 323-966-2890 ext. 7503.


Interested in becoming an EXPO sponsor? Please contact Frank Alcaraz at or 323-966-2890 ext. 7452.


May 19, 2014 — The topic for the next Diabetes Support Group on Monday, May 19, 6-7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is "Managing Diabetes and other Chronic Diseases in the Long Run." Patients tend to initially manage diabetes or chronic conditions well and then slack off, or are in denial during the initial phase and begin to make changes when it is too late. Most chronic conditions including diabetes require lifestyle adjustments; however, many patients rely on medications alone. The guest speaker, Family Medicine Doctor Letosha Gale, M.D., will identify specific ways to help manage chronic diseases over a lifetime. A food demonstration will follow the talk.

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is located at 17500 W. Grand Parkway in Sugar Land, in Hospital Conference Rooms B and C on the 1st Floor. Space is limited for this free meeting. Register by calling 713-222-CARE.

May 20, 2014 - 2nd Annual Diabetes Hope Conference

While there is no known cure for diabetes, that doesn't mean the diagnosis is hopeless. Join this virtual conference at 11 a.m. CT (12 p.m. ET/ 9 a.m. PT) when we convene panelists from the medical, blogger, and diabetes community worlds to engage in frank and honest discussions about diabetes.   

Through the magic of GoToWebinar and HD Faces, we'll live stream all of the virtual panels and take questions live from the audience via Twitter and the hashtag #dHopeConf.


RSVP today! 


May 27, 2014 — Wright Drug will offer Diabetes Education on May 27 starting at 6:30 p.m., at Heflin Methodist Church. The topic will be How Stress Effects Diabetes with Christopher Randolph, MD.

May 28, 2014 – 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 67 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 attendance 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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