UNM/TCOYD Partner for Diabetes Conference

UNM Partnering with Critically Acclaimed Non-Profit Diabetes Education Program for People Living with Diabetes

UNM will be participating as thenot-for-profit Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) holds a conference for people living with diabetes on May 31st from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

More than 130,000 children and adults in New Mexico face this chronic, costly and frequently debilitating disease. The goal of the TCOYD Diabetes program is to provide a positive, educational and supportive environment where people with diabetes can get answers to their questions.

“What we know about how to treat diabetes is changing so quickly,” said Patrick Boyle., M.D., Professor in the UNM Department of Medicine. “People living with diabetes, and their health care professional team, need to be equipped with the latest knowledge on how to control this condition - and this conference provides everything in diabetes care right from the experts under one roof."

The TCOYD conference, lunch and health fair brings national and local medical experts in diabetes care to people with all types of diabetes, those at risk for diabetes, and their loved ones for a day of highly informative and motivational programs.

Conference participants will include faculty from the University of New Mexico, physicians from the Presbyterian Medical Group and Lovelace Healthcare system as well as speakers from across the country. Seminars will focus on the latest developments in treatments, the complications of the disease, psychological barriers to controlling diabetes, nutritional issues and much more. TCOYD participants can hear lectures, participate in screenings, experiment with some different forms of exercise and speak one-on-one with diabetes specialists.

TCOYD conference co-director Virginia Valentine, CNS, BC-AM, CDE, said, "Diabetes is unique in that daily decisions made by the patient have an immediate impact on their health. Education is critical to overcoming this disease and this conference will arm the diabetes patient with the tools to fight back."

Albuquerque TCOYD conference co-directors include Ms. Valentine, Patrick Boyle, MD, UNM; Debbie Dennis, CNS, BC-ADM, CDE; and Neil Kaminsky, MD, Presbyterian Medical Group.

A health fair with 50 informational exhibits from national and local diabetes-related companies and organizations will be open throughout the day. Lunch is included and will feature comedian and actor Drew LaCapa with a stand up piece, “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” Pre-registration is recommended. Registration fees are $15 per person.

Registration fees include a banquet lunch, healthy snacks, and all conference activities and materials.Financial assistance is available by calling TCOYD. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on May 31st and costs $20. To register or get more information, call 800-998-2693 or visit http://www.tcoyd.org.

TCOYD is a San Diego-based 501c3 diabetes education organization dedicated to informing and empowering people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to take an active role in their health.

Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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