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, 2017.

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.

(Note: This is an annual event so call the number below for this year’s info.)

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 UCHealth Diabetes and Medical Nutrition Therapy – Fort Collins.

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, 2017. 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 the author

Kelly Tracer is a media relations specialist at UCHealth, based in northern Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer before diving into the world of health care communications.

She believes there is an amazing story inside everyone and considers it an honor to get to meet and work with so many extraordinary people – patients, families, providers, volunteers and staff – every day. She is also fascinated by health care innovation and programs that empower and inspire people and families to live healthier lives.

A native of Nebraska, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She and her husband have two children and enjoy paddle boarding all summer and skiing all winter.