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JDRF Hope & Health Diabetes Symposium To Assist People Living With Type 1 Diabetes

Published on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 (noon)

LAS VEGAS – January 4, 2013 – Children, adults along with their families, and those who care for patients with type 1 diabetes will learn about the latest developments in diabetes care during the third annual JDRF Hope and Health Diabetes Symposium on February 23, 2013 at Cashman Center.

Guest speakers with a variety of professional diabetes related backgrounds will offer information and insight during multiple sessions dealing with such topics as: diabetes management, the latest in treatment and research, good nutrition, physical activity, and mind/body well-being. Sessions for children will run simultaneously with the adult sessions and will include field games and age appropriate diabetes education.

Among those scheduled to speak is Chef Sam Talbot who knows firsthand what it is like to live with type 1 diabetes. He will demonstrate how to create a healthy delicious meal while discussing his experience with living with the disease and provide insights and knowledge so you can also indulge in the “sweet life.” Also in the cue is JDRF Research Information Volunteer, Dayton Coles who will present highlights of JDRF's research programs to improve lives and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes. He will discuss the current status of such exciting programs as islet cell encapsulation, beta cell regeneration, the artificial pancreas and improved glucose control. He will also describe the status of current human clinical trials and how you can help accelerate JDRF’s progress toward a cure.

During the afternoon session, attendees will also be able to take part in an open forum where they can ask specific questions of the experts. In addition, participants are welcome to view and interact with local diabetes management supply representatives in the Vendor Exhibit Hall.

Thanks to a generous grant awarded by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Hope and Health is free of charge but those who wish to attend must register before February 15, 2013. Visit to register.

Also, lunch will be provided without charge.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to reduce the number of uninsured as well as organizations and nonprofit charities that promote the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s annual associate giving campaign and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges.

®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. To learn more about the Foundation please visit
About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.


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