Event empowers people with knowledge about diabetes

November 21st, 2016

Experts will be sharing the most recent research and information about diabetes management to help people with diabetes take control of their condition at the annual Fall Diabetes Community Update on Nov. 12.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. It is sponsored by the Center for Diabetes at UCHealth.

More than 29 million Americans – or 9.3 percent of the population – have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association’s 2012 figures. About 8.1 million of those people have not been diagnosed yet.

“Every year, we want to provide quality information to help our attendees live well with diabetes because it can be a lot of work. The Community Update event gives them a chance to ask questions and be challenged and encouraged with new information,” said Susan Stauffer, registered nurse with the Center for Diabetes.

The keynote speaker at the Community Update will be Dr. J. Cade Christensen, who will be speaking about preventing diabetic foot complications.

This year’s expert panel includes endocrinologist Dr. Meriam Izon, cardiologist Dr. Patrick Green and periodontist Dr. Dave Johnson. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions during the panel session, Stauffer said.

The event costs $15, and each person with diabetes may bring a support person for free. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is preferred. To register, call 970.495.8205.

In addition to the presentations and opportunity to visit with a dietitian and vendors at this year’s Community Update, several people who have successfully managed diabetes for many years will be recognized with the Journey Awards, which are sponsored by Lilly Diabetes.

The Community Update event is just one of the services offered through the Center for Diabetes to help children and adults learn how to manage diabetes and prevent complications. The center also offers small group classes, one-on-one counseling, blood glucose testing and training, meal planning assistance, medical nutrition therapy, insulin pump training and 72-hour continuous glucose monitoring.

For more information about the event or the Center for Diabetes, call 970.495.8205.


What: UCHealth’s annual Fall Diabetes Community Update.

When: 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 12. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Where: Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive.

Cost: $15 for one person and guest.

Contact: To register or for more details, call 970.495.8205.

About UCHealth

UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

About the author

Kelly Tracer is the UCHealth media relations specialist in northern Colorado and can be reached at 970.495.7007 or via email.