Diabetes on rise for kids; parents encouraged to attend conference set for April 12
Parents play a huge role is helping kids manage their diabetes.
In an attempt to help educate and support parents, MeritCare is hosting a conference titled "What's New for Kids with Diabetes."
It will be held Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1080 28th Ave. S., Moorhead.
The conference is free and open to the public; registration is required. Call the MeritCare Community Class registration line at (701) 234-5570 or (800) 437-4010, ext. 5570, to register.
Keynote speaker Joe Solowiejczyk, registered nurse, social worker and diabetes educator, will discuss strategies for successfully managing family-life while supporting a child with diabetes. The conference will also feature small group discussions, so parents can learn from each other, a vendor fair, and an open discussion with school nurses about how to help support school-aged children.
American Diabetes Association facts:
? Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin which is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. ? According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2005, there were about 176,500 people under age 20 in the U.S. with diabetes.
? For more information, go to meritcare.com or diabetes.org.