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Children with Diabetes: Focus on Fitness and Nutrition

A Regional Conference and Expo
February 13-15, 2004
Four Points Hotel by Sheraton
San Antonio River Walk North

Enjoy the wonderful River Walk

Golfers will love the nearby courses

Teens have a great time in special sessions and out on the town

View the Quilt for Life

Meet up with old friends


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, a society that supersizes portions, 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 speakers will provide some tools and suggestions to help you on your way to better nutrition and a healthy exercise program. And they will help you keep perspective on exercise and nutrition as they fit in with other aspects of family life. For those of us who have kids in competitive sports, the conference faculty - some of whom are athletes or 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?
  • How can I fit everything into our already busy days?

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, Richard Rubin and Betty Brackenridge will also moderate discussion groups for moms and dads. 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 two most wonderful and caring professionals!

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
  • Blood Glucose Values - Changing Behavior
  • Diabetes Medications and Exercise
  • Portion Distortion No More: Practice Makes Perfect
  • The Top Ten Ways to Sneak In Exercise
  • I Never Met a Carb I Didn't Like - A Perspective
  • Exercise, Too? Fitting it All In!
  • Pumping and Exercise
  • Interpreting Health Guidelines for Kids
  • Eating Around Your Sport - Managing Game Day

In addition:

  • For kids and teens, there will be special sessions just for you (one area for kids ages 7-11 and another for teens).
  • Younger children may participate in the school-age sessions if they are accompanied by a parent. We do not have childcare for this event.
  • The kids and teens sessions will emphasize exercise and movement. While some of the activities may involve some sit-down discussion, many will involve lots of moving around.
  • The teens will be off-site in the afternoons.
  • Sessions are designed for both kids with diabetes and their siblings and friends. They emphasize exercise and healthy lifestyle, not diabetes per se.
  • Any teen with diabetes going off-site must have a meter, insulin, and glucose along with them!

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, school-age children (ages 7 and up), and teens. Sessions will end on Sunday afternoon at 4:30. Participants who would like to continue to visit and interact with other CWD families are encouraged to stay over Sunday night and relax poolside (if the weather cooperates!) or enjoy the many attractions along the San Antonio River Walk. Monday is a holiday! Please note that all conference participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or adult guardian with them during the entire conference. This is for health and liability reasons, and there will be no exceptions.

The Conference Venue

All conference sessions will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton, located at the intersection of Lexington and North St. Mary's on the far north end of San Antonio's famous Paseo del Rio (River Walk). This area is accessible by foot, trolley, and river barge. Guest rooms within the CWD room block are generally king or double-double rooms. Single and double room rates are $92 per night plus tax. Guest rooms are equipped with voice mail, telephone with data port, hair dryers, irons, and coffee makers. Additionally, the Four Points offers an outdoor swimming pool and deck area as well as a fitness center. Tennis and championship golf are nearby. The Four Points is situated approximately six blocks from the Alamo and nine blocks from the Rivercenter Mall. It is a 20 minute drive to Six Flags - Fiesta Texas and Sea World of Texas. Check-in time is after 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is noon.

To make your room reservation, please call 800-288-3927. Identify yourself as being with the Children with Diabetes group. All reservations require a credit card guarantee or advance deposit equal to one night's room and tax. Deposits are non-refundable for rooms cancelled less than 72 hours prior to arrival.

Fun Things To Do

The Focus on Fitness and Nutrition 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 Santa Fe Ballroom of the Four Points.

Saturday and Sunday mornings, breakfast will be served in the Santa Fe area from 8:00-9:00, with seating available in the adjacent Taos 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 and mid-afternoon in the exhibit area.

Saturday at lunch, meet Team Diabetic, a group of diabetic and non-diabetic athletes who are committed to promoting cycling as a healthy way to control diabetes. Team Diabetic promotes education and awareness about diabetes and helps the general public understand that exercise and careful monitoring are key to managing diabetes and its associated health risks. Team Diabetic was founded by Michael Wayne Stephenson in 1988. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13, but still managed to become a top-10 ranked cyclist in the US. The team's ninety members are located throughout the country, but currently, most members reside in San Antonio and throughout Texas. Members of the team will be joining our conference on Saturday, and will be available to talk about exercise with the teens and kids during lunch and breaks.

The CWD Quilt for Life

The Quilt for Life will be displayed on Saturday, February 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the only day during the conference that the quilt will be shown. Please come and view the Quilt. It is truly extraordinary and is guaranteed to be an emotional experience for everyone.

Information on the Airport and Ground Transportation

Conference participants may fly into the San Antonio International Airport. The SATRANS Shuttle and taxis provide transportion between the airport and the Four Points hotel. Parking is available on site. Current parking rates are $6/day for self-park and $12/day for valet parking.

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 email at

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

Medtronic MiniMed:
Julie Sweidan at 1-818-576-4514 or via e-mail at

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