A Regional Conference and Expo
October 5-7, 2007
The Marriott Minneapolis Southwest
Kids have a great time at CWD conferences
Teens learn about the true nature of mall food
You'll meet lots of kids who use pumps
Learn about site rotation -- using magic markers
Learn how to get the most out of your insulin pump from diabetes experts
Learn about the latest in care products from our sponsors
Bring the whole family
The kids have fun on the scavenger hunt
Learn about the latest in continuous sensing too
Why Focus on Pumping?
Efficacy research has shown that using an insulin pump is one of the best ways to manage type 1 diabetes. At Children with Diabetes, many of our children (and parents) are pumpers already, while many more are simply curious about pumping, and still manage diabetes via multiple daily injections (MDI). It is our intent with this conference to offer basic pumping information to those people who are brand new to insulin pumps, and to offer more cutting-edge research information to those people who already know quite a bit about insulin pumps, perhaps wear one, and want to improve their diabetes management.
We hope that the Focus on Pumping conference will help you and your family gain a better understanding of how insulin pumps work, the current technology in pumps now available to people with diabetes, and the exciting new technology coming down the road both short and long-term. And we hope to motivate you to try a pump if you never have! Insulin pump companies will be on site providing saline pump starts to those who wish to wear a pump (or more than one) to experience what it feels like and how a pump works up close and personal. Please note that a physician's prescription is necessary for this, and details are available in the sidebar on this page.
Some very exciting faculty will be joining us! Pediatric endocrinologist Peter Chase will open the conference with an exploration of "Why We Pump?" and later in the conference will take a look into the future of pumping with a discussion of sensor technology and closed loop systems. Gary Scheiner, author of Think Like A Pancreas, will cover two areas of great concern to pumpers: Strike the Spike (Managing Post-Prandial Highs) and Preventing and Managing Hypoglycemia. Gary will also present The Basics of Pumping.
Have you or your child thought about getting an insulin pump, but you are nervous about 'being attached to something every day, all day?' You're not alone. Are you afraid a younger child might play with the pump buttons or mistakenly bolus in the middle of the night? Afraid an infusion set will hurt or will fall out? These are all things that pumpers think about at first. Laura Billetdeaux, along with a panel of CWD kids and teen pumpers, will share their thoughts with you and answer your questions.
Confused by all the infusion sets on the market? What's the difference between a Quick-Set vs. an Inset vs. a Silhouette? And how do you know which one will work best for your child or yourself? Diabetes Educator Natalie Bellini can help you figure this out in a fun and hands-on session. She will also follow this session with some individual time (by appointment only) with you and your child to discuss infusion sets. Also, the pump companies will have their infusion sets available for you to look at and ask questions about -- it's a great opportunity to compare, gather information, and decide what is best for you!
What about the athletic insulin pumper? Is it ok to wear an insulin pump when you are participating in an active sport like hockey, football, or basketball? And what are you supposed to do if you are a dancer or participate in gymnastics and there just doesn't seem to be a place to even put the insulin pump? Athletic trainer and pumper Rick Philbin will discuss this, and more! Rick will also be available by appointment on Saturday and Sunday for individual kids and their parents to discuss specific sports-related challenges with diabetes management. In addition, Rick will be leading a session about Advanced Pumping Strategies.
Finally, ADA's Crystal Jackson will talk with parents about how to make insulin pumping in school a positive and healthy experience for kids, families, and the school professionals. It may seem like an easy thing to accomplish, but there are so many pieces involved with successful pumping in a school environment, that it is really helpful to walk through the steps with Crystal. On Sunday, by appointment, Crystal will work on specific problem-solving with families who are currently experiencing challenges with pumping in their school districts.
Experts Who Can Help
CWD has invited some of the top experts in the diabetes industry to share their ideas with you. In addition to the scheduled presentations, the conference faculty will be available during meals and breaks for more personalized discussion with moms and dads. Our faculty are very approachable - don't be shy about asking questions! This is a time to discuss anything on your mind relating to diabetes management. It's a great opportunity to network and share ideas, and interact with several of CWD's most wonderful and caring professionals!
In addition, for kids, tweeners, and teens, there will be special sessions just for you all day both Saturday and Sunday. One area in the conference center is for kids ages 6-9, one area is designated for kids ages 10-12, and a third area is designated for teens. These sessions are fun and activity based - they will not focus on 'just diabetes,' so they are fine for sisters, brothers, and friends to attend!
Teens will start in ice-breaker and discussion groups in the morning. It is likely that they will head off-site in the afternoon on both days. These excursions will be led by Natalie Bellini, Jim Vail, Katie Daugherty, and Nabil Elarbi, all veteran CWD faculty and staff. Parents are welcome as chaperones if you'd like to come along. Some pocket money for incidentals or snacks should be provided by parents.
Any teen with diabetes going off-site must have a meter, insulin, and glucose along with them! Also, parents must sign a release that it is OK for the teen to go offsite with CWD staff.
Please note that elementary and tweener sessions are for all children, not just those with diabetes. Sessions will include games, a Scavenger Hunt, arts-n-crafts projects, pool time, and some outdoor activities (sitting in one place all day simply is not fun). There will be some discussion about taking care of diabetes and some discussion about insulin pumps. We try to 'play it by ear' with our younger groups, and follow their lead as far as what is interesting and exciting for them to do at any given time of the day. Again, our faculty - Lauren Lanning, Michelle Rago, Brian Foster, Tricia Stewart, Kim Kelly, and Melissa Ringley - have experience with these age groups and have worked for years with school-aged kids and tweeners in CWD conferences. Parents are welcome to help or observe at any time!
We will have childcare for potty trained children ages 3-5. No separate child care registration is required. Mary Babin, who coordinates childcare for all CWD conferences, will once again be in charge of the youngest crowd!
The program is designed to run 5 sessions simultaneously during most of the weekend. There will be two-day educational tracks for adults and parents of children with diabetes, school-age children (ages 6-9), tweeners (ages 10-12), and teens (ages 13+). During some sessions, parents will have a choice of two speakers. Sessions will end on Sunday late afternoon. Participants who would like to continue to visit and interact with other CWD families are encouraged to stay over Sunday night and relax poolside or enjoy the many attractions that Minneapolis has to offer. Please note that all conference participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or adult guardian with them during the entire conference (i.e., teens and children should not be dropped off to participate while parents go elsewhere). This is for health and liability reasons, and there will be no exceptions.
The Conference Venue
The Marriott Minneapolis Southwest is located 20 minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, southwest of downtown Minneapolis. This property features some wonderful space for CWD participants, including plenty of meeting room accommodations for all age groups, an indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna, a fully equipped fitness center, and walking/jogging trails. Single and double room rates are $108 per night plus tax. Rollaways are extra. Each room offers high speed internet access; wireless is available in public spaces. Parking is free.
To make your room reservation, please call 800-228-9290 or 952-935-5500 or reserve a room using the Marriott website. Identify yourself as being with the Children with Diabetes conference. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the room block will be held for CWD until September 14, 2007.
Note that there is a conference registration fee per family. Rates vary according to the date of registration, and you must pre-register to ensure a spot at the conference. Please refer to the website for details.
Fun Things To Do
The Focus on Pumping conference will kick-off Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with an Exhibitor's Reception. This is a great opportunity for all conference participants (kids and teens, too) to meet each other, browse the exhibits, have some great conversation, and enjoy some yummy hors d'oeuvres. The exhibitors will all be set up right outside the main conference ballroom - very accessible for everyone! Afterwards, take the kids poolside and enjoy a fun evening (and let the kids get some energy out)!
Saturday and Sunday mornings, breakfast will be served in the conference ballroom from 7:45-8:45. Sessions will begin promptly at 8:45. Healthy snack breaks will be offered mid-morning and mid-afternoon in the exhibit area. The exhibit hall will open in conjunction with the first snack break at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday at lunch, all conference participants will enjoy a healthy together. Again, this is a great time to finish up with your lunch and head back to the exhibitors to have discussion and look at some pump technology after learning new information that morning. The lunch break is 75 minutes; plenty of time to eat, share some great conversation, perhaps get a short walk and fresh air, and come back for an afternoon of exciting breakout sessions. Teens likely will head offsite after lunch with the teen leaders, while the kids will regroup for their afternoon activities at 1:15. The exhibit area will close after morning snack break on Sunday.
Dinner for all participants begins on Saturday night at 6:30 pm in the main ballroom. There will be a short speaker presentation (to be announced) beginning at 7:00. Also at 7:15, we will be showing movies in the Elementary room and the Tweener rooms. It's fine for the kids to change into pajamas and bring a pillow and blanket to watch the movie. Popcorn and beverages will be available.
For those planning to spend an extra day or two in the area, the Marriott Minneapolis Southwest is 15 minutes from the famous Mall of America, which offers shopping, restaurants, and even an aquarium and amusement park. Also nearby is the Minnesota Zoo, the Valleyfair Amusement Park, the Braemar Golf Course, and the Mystic Lake Casino!
Cancellations prior to September 1, 2007 will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee. After September 1, 2007, no refunds are available.
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