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Children with Diabetes: Focus on Fitness and Nutrition

A Regional Conference and Expo
August 29-31, 2003
Wyndham Hotel, Baltimore Inner Harbor

The Wyndham Baltimore in the Inner Harbor

Baltimore's Inner Harbor ...

... includes the Baltimore National Aquarium ...

... and many other wonderful attactions.

And don't forget about the seafood!


Why Fitness and Nutrition?

Families who have children with type 1 diabetes face daunting challenges every day. At Children with Diabetes, we know this. We are parents of children with type 1 diabetes. Our children face what your children face: unhealthy food choices in school cafeterias, the challenges of eating out, the challenges of staying fit and in shape when healthy activities such as gym and sports teams are decreasing or disappearing altogether in schools.

We hope that the Focus on Fitness and Nutrition conference will help you and your family gain a better understanding of why it is so important to exercise at any age with diabetes. And we hope to motivate you to do so! Our athletes/speakers will provide some tools and suggestions to help you on your way to better nutrition and a healthy exercise program. For those of us who have kids in competitive sports, the conference faculty - some of whom are athletic trainers - will provide pointers for better management of diabetes before, during, and after competition and training. They also will be available for individual consultation and discussion.

Some questions that you might ask:

  • How much exercise does a person with diabetes need?
  • For kids and adults who practice their sport multiple hours daily, what is the best diet to support effective diabetes management?
  • What are the risks if I don't exercise and don't eat right?
  • How can I encourage my kids to turn off the tv and computer and get some exercise?
  • Is it safe to exercise with an insulin pump?
  • How do I manage more intense exercise with multiple daily injections?

Experts Who Can Help

CWD has invited some of the top experts and athletes in the diabetes industry to share their ideas with you. Several of our faculty members serve on the Board of the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association and are elite athletes with diabetes themselves.

Topics that will be discussed in the Saturday and Sunday sessions include:

  • Exercise - Why It's Important to All of Us
  • How to Exercise on an Insulin Pump and on Multiple Daily Injections
  • Nutrition: Special Occasion Management
  • Type 2 Medications and Exercise
  • How to Manage Food Choices in Our Society
  • The Top Ten Ways to Sneak In Exercise
  • Carb Counting: Making it Work For You
  • Pizza, Burgers, and Tacos - Oh My!
  • Eating Around Your Sport - Managing Game Day

In addition:

  • Join an elite group of national and world-class athletes in a Sunday morning discussion forum about sports and diabetes management. Following the discussion forum and snack break, these athletes will meet with smaller groups of conference participants to demonstrate their sport, answer questions, and discuss their sport with the kids and teens. The Sunday morning events are sponsored by LifeScan.

Fun and interactive programming including many of the sessions listed above will be offered both Saturday and Sunday for school-aged children and teens. These sessions are not just for children with type 1 diabetes; they are appropriate for all youngsters! Diabetes educators and conference faculty will facilitate these sessions, and the children will be right nearby (in case of diabetes concerns).

The Program

The program is designed to run 3 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 7 and up), and teens. Sessions will end on Sunday 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 explore the Inner Harbor - as Monday is a holiday (Labor Day).

The Conference Venue

All conference sessions will be held at the Wyndham Baltimore, located in the bustling Inner Harbor business and entertainment district of Baltimore, Maryland. Guest rooms within the CWD room block are generally king or double-double rooms, however Classic Living Room suites connecting to 1 or 2 bedrooms may be reserved subject to availability (and they are a higher price). Single and double room rates are $110 per night plus tax. Guest rooms include the following features: direct high-speed Internet access, Bath and Body Works toiletries, Cable TV and in-room movies, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, Herman Miller Aeron ergonomic work chair, pillowtop mattresses, shower massager, cordless telephone with voice mail. Additionally, the Wyndham offers an outdoor swimming pool and deck area and an exercise facility with Lifecycles, Precor treadmills, Lifesteps, Precor Skier, Aerodyne Rowers, and Cal-Gym Multi Gym.

To make your room reservation, please call 410-752-1100 or 800-996-3426. Be sure to identify yourself as a participant in the CWD Focus on Fitness and Nutrition conference.

Fun Things To Do

The Focus on Fitness and Nutrition conference will kick-off Friday evening at 4:00 p.m. with an exhibition of the Quilt for Life. The Quilt will be on display until 9:00 in the evening. Festivities will continue at 7:00 p.m. with an Exhibitor's Reception (for everyone), sponsored by Animas Corporation . This is a great opportunity for all conference participants (kids, too) to meet each other, browse the exhibits, have some great conversation, and enjoy some yummy hors d'oeuvres in the International Ballroom of the Wyndham. Please note that no food is allowed in the Quilt area, so snacks and beverages will need to stay in the exhibit hall.

Saturday and Sunday mornings, breakfast will be served in the foyer area of the International Ballroom from 8:00-9:00, with seating available right in the ballroom. Exhibits will be open to browse while you sip that second cup of coffee. Sessions will begin promptly at 9:00. Healthy snack breaks will be offered mid-morning in the exhibit area.

To promote a healthy and fun conference, CWD has scheduled the weekend so that late afternoons and evening are free to pursue adventures with family and new-found friends. The Inner Harbor area is home to such venues as the National Aquarium of Baltimore, Port Discovery, the Maryland Science Center, and the ESPN Zone. If the sun is shining and it's a nice day or evening, you might consider hopping on one of the many boats departing from Harbor Cruises right at the Inner Harbor dock. Or, rent a paddleboat and get a bayside view of the Inner Harbor bustle. For those who like to shop, shop, shop, the Harborplace and Gallery have lots of fun boutiques and shops, many of them unique to the area.

There are many restaurants in the Inner Harbor area. Maryland cuisine is known for the Maryland Blue Crab, and quite a few of the seafood restaurants will feature this critter. However, you can find all sorts of food within a several block area, ranging from crabs and seafood, to steaks, fast-food, 'kid-food' and the always popular Hard Rock Cafe. If you have never tried a Maryland Blue Crab, and you like seafood, you're in for a treat. Roll up your sleeves (literally), get your hammer and crackers ready, and dive into a pile on your newspaper-covered table! It truly is one of Maryland's unique dining experiences. Warning! They are spicy, so be ready!

Information on the Airport and Ground Transportation

Conference participants may fly into Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Shuttle services and taxis are available at the airport with direct drop-off at the Wyndham. Additional details regarding rates and contact information will be provided this summer. For those who would prefer to take the train, the Amtrak Penn Station is located just two miles north of the hotel - a short taxi ride.

The Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor parking garage offers discounted rates to overnight guests. Overnight parking is $18 (per 24 hour period; no unlimited in and out privileges). Front Door Overnight Valet service is $25 daily and does include unlimited in and out privileges. The garage parking is not managed by the Wyndham Hotel; the garage is open to the public and space isn't guaranteed.

Try an Insulin Pump!

Come to the conference and try a pump! Pump companies will be offering this great opportunity for potential would-be pumpers to try a pump using saline. Anyone interested in wearing a pump (with saline) may do so Friday and Saturday at the conference. A prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording "insulin pump trial with saline."

This opportunity is by appointment only. Appointments will fill up quickly. For more information and to schedule an appointment with a specific pump company, contact the following individuals:

Val Valentino, CDE, at 1-877-YES PUMP, extension 1225 or via email at

Marilyn Graff at 1-800-544-4734 extension 7201 or via e-mail at

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