JDRF hosts So. Nevada’s first-ever Hope and Health Diabetes Symposium
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.
JDRF will host its first Hope and Health Symposium, a conference aimed at providing valley residents with an all-encompassing look at everyday life with diabetes. The symposium will reach out to diabetics of all ages, with an assortment of discussion topics.
The conference is composed of eight breakout sessions, tackling issues from being an athlete with diabetes to preparing new and adventurous meals. JDRF has elicited the help of various medical and health professionals to lead the discussions and present the most current and noteworthy information on healthy living as a diabetic.
JDRF encourages adults and children with insulin-dependent diabetes to take part in the conference and bring their families as well. There will be a Kids’ Zone activity session for children between the ages of 5 and 14. Space for the Kids’ Zone is limited so families are encouraged to register early.
For more information on keynote speakers and Program Breakout Sessions, please visit www.jdrflv.org.
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
8:15a.m. – Registration and Vendor Exhibits
9 a.m. – Program Key Note Speakers & Kids’ Zone Sessions
Noon – Complimentary Lunch/ Vendor Exhibits
1 p.m. – Program Breakout Sessions & Kids’ Zone Sessions
Rancho High School
1900 Searles Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Attendance is free, however advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit www.jdrflv.org.
JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1diabetes. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump - each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its potential complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research, including $107 million last year. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education.
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 www.wellpointfoundation.org.
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