A new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes can spark a range of reactions including anger, sadness, and guilt. Whatever your feelings, they are normal, and you are not alone.
Until there is a cure, we want to provide information that will help you cope with the burdens type 1 diabetes imposes, share with you the help that is available today, and keep you and your loved ones as strong and healthy as possible.
Free or low cost events for people with T1D and their friends and families. These are great opportunities to make new friends, catch up with old friends, enjoy T1D friendly events, and learn about the latest T1D research and technology.
The Southwest Ohio Chapter of JDRF is proud to host an annual T1D Expo. The T1D Expo is a vendor fair and educational event hosted by JDRF, Blue Loop and UC Health with support from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. The Expo provides a vendor fair full of events, informative sessions and support groups from across the tri-state for those affected or connected. This open-house is a FREE event.
JDRF 2nd Annual T1D Expo: A Day of Health and Hope Details
Sunday, March 10 from 1:00-5:00 PM
UC Health Drake Center - 151 West Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH
Helpful breakout sessions will be available for those affected by Type 1 Diabetes, including patients, parents, friends and caregivers. Guests will appreciate opportunity to chat face-to-face with experts and patients about burnout, handling the highs and lows of sports and physical activity, the unknowns about the pump and important topics for anyone caring for a T1D of any age.
Schedule of Events
Diabetes Vendor Fair: 1:00-4:00 p.m. (open house format hosted in the cafeteria)
Meet the Scientists: 1:00-2:00 p.m. (cafeteria) **newly added!
Panel Discussions and Research Update: 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Details of Events
Meet the Scientists: Eric Bachelder, Kevin Peine, James Wells, Carmella Evans-Molina and Mark Kacher
Diabetes Reps Include: Abbott, J&J, Lilly, Medtronic, OmniPod, One Touch, Roche, Sanofi Aventis, and IBG Star
Support Groups Include: Blue Heel Society, Kids and Families with Diabetes of Northern Kentucky, and Type One Teens
Panel Discussions and Research Update will be held between 1:30-5:00 p.m. and feature the following topics:
• 1:30 – 2:30 Mind, Body and Well-Being: Managing Diabetes Burn-out AND Someone I Love Has Diabetes: A Caretaker and Friend Session
Someone I Love Has Diabetes: A Caretaker and Friend Session (Room G) - this is for anyone living with or helping to care for somebody with T1D. It will give a better understanding of glucose, what the numbers mean, and type 1 vs. type 2 diabetes. Also discussed will be the patient perspective and how to speak with a roommate or significant other about their diabetes.
Panelists: Dr. Jessica Kichler, Pediatric Psychologist (CCHMC) & Ann Malinowski (CCHMC)
Mind, Body and Well-Being: Managing Diabetes Burn-out (Room F) - this will be a collaborative discussion for those who have experienced or have a loved one who is experiencing diabetes burnout.
Panelists: Dr. Robert Wells, Dr. Sarah Corathers, & Hadley George (T1D Teen)
• 2:45 - 3:45 Research Update (Room G) - JDRF’s Research Information Volunteer, Mark Kacher, will lead a discussion on current JDRF research and where research is headed.
• 4:00-5:00 Pumpamania: Living and Thriving on the Pump AND No Limits T1D: Sports and the Active Lifestyle
Pumpamania: Living and Thriving on the Pump (Room F) - everything you wanted to know about your pump and then some! Get the most out of your pump when you join this discussion about the benefits of using a pump and get your specific questions answered and learn the tricks of the trade from manufacturer representatives. Not pumping? Come to ask any questions you have as to the benefits of switching over.
Panelists: Cheryl Herrle & Dr. D’Alessio
No Limits T1D: Sports and the Active Lifestyle (Room G) - Join panelists who try to maintain healthy glucose levels while living a physically active lifestyle! This session will focus on maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, highs and lows during physical activity and any other question patients and parents may have.
Panelists: Dr. Mike Heile (Family Medicine) & Chris Rose (T1D athlete and race team support)
Free child care/Kids Zone area courtesy of Kids and Families with Diabetes of Northern Kentucky during the panel discussions. Space is limited.
Parking is encourage by Drake in the South Parking Lot (follow Drake signage)
Click here for the floor plan. You will be given a floor plan upon your arrival with vendor listings.
Click here for directions to the Drake Center.
RSVP: http://adayofhealthandhope.eventbrite.com If you RSVP and attend, you will be entered into several raffles!
Keep an eye out for information about the Back to School event, hosted each year at the end of the summer. We will bring together dietitians to discuss packing vs. buying school lunches, experts on the 504 plan, and many more to help make the transition from summer break to the classroom as smooth as possible.
World Diabetes Day is November 14th. An annual event promoting diabetes awareness is held at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati by the Southwest Ohio Chapter. National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM) is celebrated every November to raise awareness of all forms of diabetes, its signs and symptoms, and gain support for critical research toward preventing, better treating, and curing forms of the disease—including both type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes. The theme for NDAM 2012 is “All for 1”.
Join the Northern Kentucky Diabetes Community at the Kids & Families Living with Diabetes Support Group. The Support Group hosts both fun and educational activities. Meetings are held monthly in northern Kentucky. For more information, click here.
Each Halloween season the Southwest Ohio Chapter of JDRF hosts the annual Boofest celebration. In partnership with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center this diabetes friendly event is a great time for the whole family. This year Boofest was held on Sunday, October 7th at the Dent Schoolhouse. JDRF welcomed over 200 guests to play spooky games, enjoy face painting and a lights on tour of the haunted schoolhouse. Please click here for photos of the event.
For dates and details about these events, please check our events calendar.
The Southwest Ohio Chapter of JDRF always needs additional mentors to help serve the newly diagnosed and transitional T1D Community, if you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out this form.
JDRF offers a free public outreach program to help families who have recently had a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The intent of this program is to deliver a care package of information to help families learn more about type 1, the research for type 1, and the management and control of the disease.
Along with providing information and research updates, JDRF’s outreach program partners you and your child with another family who has been through a type 1 diagnosis.
To receive your bag of hope, fill out this form.
Until research is successful in finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is committed to providing support and resources for those living with this disease. It is for this very reason that JDRF created the Bag of Hope, an educational outreach resource. The Bag of Hope contains educational and inspirational materials as well as Rufus, the bear with diabetes and is offered free to newly diagnosed youth and their families by JDRF and our Program sponsor, Roche Diagnostics.