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FOR RELEASE: October 16, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

November Conference Will Search for Diabetes Solutions

The Oklahoma Diabetes Control and Prevention program and community partner organizations will sponsor a statewide diabetes conference for health care professionals Nov. 13-14, 2003, at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

The Second Annual Oklahoma's Solutions for Diabetes: Building a Community of Practice conference will address numerous health issues related to diabetes in an effort to develop ways to improve the lives of Oklahomans with diabetes.

This year’s conference has a focus on exercise as a means of diabetes prevention and control. Keynote speaker, Mark Fenton, is a renowned exercise enthusiast who will illustrate methods of incorporating exercise programs into daily practice.

“Diabetes is among the top ten leading causes of death in Oklahoma and this conference will be used to help design ways to improve coordination and collaboration among health professionals, and standards of care for people with diabetes,” said Adeline Yerkes, chief, Chronic Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

Health care professionals are encouraged to attend the conference to obtain information on diabetes education and treatment through a selection of workshops including these topics:

  • Coping with a Chronic Illness
  • Supersizing Small Fries - Type 2 Diabetes in Children
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • Kickin’ It Up a Notch: Exercise
  • From Benchtop to Daily Practice: Diabetes Research (physician panel)
  • Unraveling the Food Confusion: Diabetes Meal Methods
  • Cultural Awareness for Better Practice
  • The Heart of the Matter

Conference planners include the OSDH Oklahoma Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Diabetes Solutions-OK Inc., Chickasaw Nation, Claremore Indian Hospital, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Oklahoma Primary Care Association, and OU Children’s Diabetes Center.

The cost of the conference is $120 for early registration postmarked or registered online by Oct. 24, and includes: continental breakfast, CEs, lunch, and conference materials. The regular registration cost is $140 postmarked by Nov. 3rd and the cost of on-site registration is $160.

“Come join us for this exciting time, as we work to build a diabetes community of practice,” said Yerkes.

Continuing education credits are available for interested participants. For online registration, see this Web site: http://www.dsok.net, or call (405) 271-4072 ext. 57105.

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