Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation returned to the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool on Saturday, 9th November to hold the ninth annual Diabetes Wellness Day North.
DRWF was joined by specialist diabetes healthcare professionals, local support groups and local health, wellbeing and screening organisations at the ninth annual Diabetes Wellness Day North
Throughout the day experts in diabetes healthcare provided advice and guidance for people living with diabetes from across the north of England to better manage their condition.
DRWF Event Coordinator Lee Calladine said: “It is so important for people to have a thorough understanding of their diabetes, so they can learn to self-manage their condition and hopefully avoid the debilitating long-term complications.
“We were really happy to be back in Hartlepool again this year to raise awareness of diabetes and help support people from across the region.
“It was a busy event this year with lots of information and advice on hand, some great workshops and talks and of course the busting exhibition area that was filled with stands from local organisations. A variety of experts and healthcare professionals offered advice on diet, health, lifestyle, the latest blood-glucose meters and diabetes related products and services.
“It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces as well as many new attendees utilising all these areas of the event to get the most out of the day.”
Julie Sinclair, Diabetes Specialist Nurse from the University Hospital of Hartlepool, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, started off the days’ programme of talks with the important topic The highs and lows of diabetes. In this session, Julie explored and explained some of the things that can cause the changes in blood glucose levels that most people with diabetes experience on a day-to-day basis. She explained the mechanisms behind these changes and also what people with diabetes can do to limit, manage and treat them safely.
Dr Pam Medhurst, Yoga Teacher and Independent Celebrant led everyone in the very fun and interactive Yoga and laughter for personal health and wellbeing session which included some easy to do yoga movements, plenty of physical movement, lots of laughter and some breathing techniques for stress relief. Pam also taught everyone some exercises to take away and use at home.
Diabetes Specialist Nurse and Regional Clinical Lead for Ascensia Diabetes Care Mandy White hosted a session on Highs, lows and testing times where she discussed effective and safe blood glucose testing and how to use the results for better self-management of diabetes. We also looked at the sometimes-controversial topic of test strip and meter availability and who should be testing and why.
Ian Meredith, Mindskills Recovery College, Hartlepool and East Durham Mind concluded the days’ programme with the Diabetes and being mindful session. In this interactive workshop Ian explained what mindfulness is and how people with diabetes can use it as part of maintaining good health and wellbeing. Ian discussed the benefits mental health and how we can learn to use it in our everyday lives to manage our health. Ian taught everyone some basic techniques to use at home and in everyday life.
Lee Calladine concluded the day with a thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event and announced the winners of the Diabetes quiz and presented them with their prizes.
Dates and venues are now available for three DRWF Diabetes Wellness Days for 2020 as follows:
Diabetes Wellness Day South
Saturday, 13th June
The Solent Hotel and Spa
Diabetes Wellness Day Midlands
Date TBC September/October
Diabetes Wellness Day North
Saturday, 14th November
The National Museum of the Royal Navy
Hartlepool, County Durham
Next year we will be back in Hartlepool on Saturday, 14th November when we will celebrate both our 10th anniversary of the Hartlepool event and the International Diabetes Federations annual World Diabetes Day.
DRWF Event Coordinator Lee Calladine said “This will be a milestone year for the Diabetes Wellness Day North so we will be planning a very exciting day to mark both of these dates as well as our usual educational programme. Expect lots more exhibitors, some great talks and some extra awareness raising activities in the town that we hope inform lots more people about all aspects of living with diabetes. We hope you will join us.”
Find out more about World Diabetes Day
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Read an article on diabetes and mindfulness in the December 2019 issue of Diabetes Wellness News. Subscribe here