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Children with Diabetes: Focus on Technology

A Midwest Regional Conference and Expo
September 27-29, 2002
Crystal Mountain Resort
Thompsonville, Michigan





Why technology?

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. We know that new technology can be confusing and frightening, yet key to improving our children's health.

We hope that the Focus on Technology conference will help you begin to answer some very important questions:

  • How does one balance the "tried and true" with new medical advances that might improve the care given our children or the quality of their lives?
  • When is it safe to leave the comfort zone of a regular and familiar routine to try something new on the market that just might improve daily control?
  • What exactly are the technological advances that consumers can expect to see in the next few years?
  • What is already on the market and available to family consumers?

Experts Who Can Help

CWD has invited some of the top experts in the diabetes industry to share their ideas and new technology with you.

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

  • Information and Data Management Systems
  • Alternate Insulin Delivery Systems and New Insulins
  • New Insulin Pump Technology
  • Alternate Site Testing
  • A1c Measurement Systems
  • Future Trends in Technology

In addition:

  • Join Richard Rubin, PhD, author of Psyching Out Diabetes and co-author of Sweet Kids, for an enlightening session called Making Sense of New Technology.
  • Meet Jeff Hitchcock, creator and editor-in-chief of the Children with Diabetes website.
  • Meet CWD Diabetes Team members, including Medical Director William Quick and Diabetes Team Editor Stephanie Schwartz, for discussion on these challenging technology topics.

Fun and interactive programming 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). Younger children are welcome to accompany parents to the adult sessions.

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 type 1 diabetes, school-age children (ages 8 and up), and teens. Sessions are appropriate for health care professionals. For details of the conference program, continue to the Preliminary Program.

The Conference Resort

All conference sessions will be held at beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort, located in the scenic northwest portion of Michigan's lower peninsula approximately 30 miles from Traverse City (the nearest airport). A variety of accommodations is available to conference participants, ranging from studio rooms to four-bedroom condominiums.

Rooms start at $80 per night. Please click on the registration link at the bottom of the page for a Registration Form. Please note that the room reservation cut-off is August 28, 2002. After that date, reservations will be accepted on an as-available basis only.

Fun Things To Do

The Focus on Technology conference will kick-off Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with an Exhibitor's Reception, sponsored by Aventis. This is a great opportunity for all conference participants to meet each other, browse the exhibits, have some great conversation, and enjoy some yummy hors d'oeuvres in the Crystal Mountain Conference Center.

Saturday morning, breakfast will be served in the Conference Center (ground level) from 8:00-9:00. Breakfast is sponsored by Animas Corporation. Sessions will begin promptly at 9:00. Healthy snack breaks, sponsored by Deltec, will be offered mid-morning. This is also a great opportunity to browse the exhibits and ask questions of the presenters and exhibitors.

To promote a healthy and fun conference, CWD has scheduled the weekend so that afternoons are free to pursue outdoor adventures, weather permitting. A number of activities such as golf, hiking, biking, swimming, and volleyball, are available on the Crystal Mountain Resort property. Others, such as rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, or beachcombing may be arranged through the Activities Center. Lake Michigan is just a short drive away! If you are interested in playing a round of golf, it is highly recommended that you contact the Pro Shop at Crystal Mountain to arrange a tee time well ahead of conference weekend. Phone 1-800-968-7686.

Saturday evening's dinner will be a mouth-watering outdoor BBQ sponsored by TheraSense. Dinner will be served slopeside, and the Crystal Mountain chairlift will provide scenic rides to the top of the hill where there will be additional refreshments and games for the kids. Enjoy the Fall foliage! September is a beautiful time of year in Michigan!

Information on the Airport and Ground Transportation

Conference participants requiring transportation between the Traverse City airport and Crystal Mountain may either rent a vehicle at the airport or use the Crystal Mountain shuttle. Please contact Crystal Mountain directly for shuttle schedules. Call 1-800-968-7686.

For more information about the conference, call Laura Billetdeaux, Events Coordinator, 734-428-8265.

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