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Children with Diabetes: Focus on the Future

A Regional Conference and Expo
May 13-15, 2005
The Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel

There's always pool time for the kids at CWD's conferences

Teens have a great time together

Our faculty members are "kid and teen approved"

Parents can chat with diabetes experts

Enjoy great meals with carb counts and celiac friendly choices

CWD kids proudly wear their pumps

Some kids try out a pump for the first time

Even the youngest kids have a wonderful time at a CWD conference

Kids learn important skills like matching pump covers

Renew friendships from past conferences

Why Focus on the Future?

Diabetes technology changes in the blink of an eye. Every day it seems there is something new to read and learn about. How can one possibly stay on top of the information? And how can a parent decide what new technology is important enough to add to an already tried and true diabetes management regimen?

We hope that the Focus on the Future conference will help you and your family gain a better understanding of the changes which have recently occurred, and those which are coming shortly down the road. How will the new insulin pumps work? What is the current technology in continuous glucose sensors? What's new on the research frontier? We also hope to motivate you to try an insulin 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! Have you been reading about the incredible new continuous glucose monitoring systems under development? Join world-renowned pediatric endocrinologist Peter Chase in the opening keynote session for a glimpse into what the future of diabetes management might look like if your blood glucose level was always available, every second of the day. How would that change how you take care of yourself or your child? What if the system had alarms to let you know when blood glucose levels were going up too steeply or down below a certain limit? The possibilities are very exciting! Dr. Chase also will present a session on Sunday, Prevention of DKA, a topic of concern to all parents.

Psychologist and ADA President-Elect Richard Rubin will explore some of the feelings and issues around adapting to and coping with new technology. Have you or your child seen some great new blood glucose meter or data management system, you're curious about trying it, but it will take so much energy and time to learn how to use it? Are you reasonably happy with how things are going, and you just don't want technology to move an inch further? It's time to have a conversation with Dr. Rubin! Also, please note that Dr. Rubin will be leading sessions with individual families (or just the parents) called Ten Minute Tune-Ups. These will be by appointment only, and you can make your appointment at the conference registration on Friday night!

Join endocrinologist and researcher Bruce Buckingham for a discussion about the new insulin products that are on the market, as well as new ones expected shortly. How are they different from the insulin you are currently using? What changes might that effect in your child's health and diabetes management? What is happening with inhaled insulin? Also, on Sunday morning, Dr. Buckingham will present an overview of Best Practices in Diabetes Care. How close is your family's diabetes management to what is currently recommended by the leading endocrinologists?

Insulin resistance. Consistently high blood sugars. Early complications. Frightening thoughts, aren't they? Yet, most teens go through periods of significant insulin resistance and most families live with concerns about early complications. How can these be headed off? Join pharmacist Kim Kelly for a discussion entitled Drugs and Diabetes: It's Not Just Insulin Anymore. Dr. Kelly will talk about the oral medications which are now used in conjuntion with insulin therapy for people with type 1 diabetes. He'll also present some new information about medications used to sideline signs of early complications.

Ever wonder why some people can read about some new habit or behavior they need to do and 'just do it' while others can't? Ever make the same New Year's resolution several years in a row? It all relates to an individual's readiness to change behavior. Join Dr. Kelly on Saturday afternoon to learn about the basic principles of behavior change and the stages people go through in making change. Learn what research has shown regarding how people change behavior, and how to use your understanding of the process to facilitate behavior change.

Finally, for those conference participants interested in insulin pumps, we will have faculty from each of the pump companies present the latest updates in their pump technology. It's a good way to compare and contrast what is currently (and shortly) available in each type of pump, and make a decision about what will work best for you and your family!

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 at 1-877-YES PUMP, extension 1225 or via e-mail at

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

Medtronic MiniMed
Damien Ozaki at 1-818-576-4420 or via e-mail at

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, CWD Founder and President Jeff Hitchcock will be on hand to discuss anything on your mind relating to computer technology and computer safety. CWD Dietitian Mike Schurig will be happy to discuss any of the new gadgets on the market to make carb-counting and menu-planning easier. And any and all of the CWD Faculty are there to talk with you about just about anything on your mind! Mealtimes are a great opportunity for this. Breakfast and lunch will be served buffet style in the ballroom.

In addition:

  • For kids, tweeners, and teens, there will be special sessions and activities just for you all day both Saturday and Sunday. One area in the conference center is for kids ages 6-10, there's a separate area for tweeners ages 10-13, and a third area for teens ages 13-17.
  • These sessions are fun - they will not focus on 'just diabetes,' so they are fine for sisters, brothers, and friends to attend!
  • Teens will likely start in discussion groups in the morning (topics to be determined by the teens, of course!) and will head offsite for the afternoons after lunch. These excursions will be led by Natalie Bellini, a veteran CWD faculty member (she's a nurse and diabetes educator). Parents are welcome as chaperones if you'd like to come along. Some pocket money for 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 Tweener and Elementary age sessions are for all children, not just those with diabetes. Sessions will include games, arts-n-crafts projects, 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 - only if the children are interested. We try to 'play it by ear' with our younger group, 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 and staff have experience with this age group and have worked for years with school-aged kids in CWD conferences. Parents are welcome to help or observe at any time!
  • Children younger than age 6 may participate in the school-age sessions if they are accompanied by a parent. We do not have childcare for this event.

The Program

The program is designed to run 3-4 sessions simultaneously during most of the weekend. There will be two-day educational tracks for adults and parents of children with diabetes, elementary age children, tweeners, and teens. Sessions will end on Sunday afternoon. Participants who would like to continue to visit and interact with other CWD families and faculty are encouraged to stay over Sunday night and relax poolside (if the weather cooperates!) or enjoy the many attractions that Colorado Springs 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

All conference sessions will be held at The Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel, located at 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs. This hotel is located at Interstate 25 (exit #138) and just 5 miles from downtown Colorado Springs. At 6,000 feet in elevation, the hotel is on the eastern base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with spectacular views of Pikes Peak! Guest rooms within the CWD room block are generally king or double-double rooms. Single and double room rates are $99 per night plus tax. Rollaways and more than two adults per room are extra. Each room has a double vanity, cable tv, iron, hairdryer, and coffeemaker with complimentary coffee. Additionally, the Sheraton Colorado Springs offers indoor and outdoor swimming pool and deck areas with jacuzzis, outdoor lighted tennis and basketball courts, and a fitness center with state of the art cardiovascular equipment, Nautilus equipment, sauna, and steam room.

To make your room reservation, please call 800-981-4012 or 719-576-5900. Identify yourself as being with the Children with Diabetes conference. All reservations require a credit card guarantee or advance deposit equal to one night's room and tax.

Fun Things To Do

The Focus on the Future 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 in the ballroom of the hotel.

Saturday and Sunday mornings, breakfast will be served in the conference area from 8:00-9:00. 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 and mid-afternoon in the exhibit area.

Saturday and Sunday at lunch, all conference participants will enjoy a healthy buffet. Again, this is a great time to finish up with your lunch and head back to the exhibit hall to have discussion and look at some new technology after learning new information that morning. The lunch break is 60 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 will head offsite after lunch with the teen leaders, while the kids will regroup for their afternoon activities at 1:00. The exhibit hall will close after lunch on Sunday.

Staying over an extra day? Make sure to check out some of the nearby attractions, all within 30 minutes of the hotel, including Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Pikes Peak, Cave of the Winds, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Cog Railway, and the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Directions are available at the front desk or from the concierge.

Information on the Airport and Ground Transportation

Conference participants may fly into the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. A complimentary shuttle service is available between the airport and the Sheraton.

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