Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation and Diabetes Professional Care have teamed up to offer a unique Virtual Wellness Day experience for people living with diabetes.
DRWF has been unable to hold our highly successful award-winning regional Diabetes Wellness Days across the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year.
DRWF has partnered with the organisers of Diabetes Professional Care (DPC2020), the UK’s leading national diabetes annual event for healthcare professionals, to provide an innovative virtual conference and exhibition venue to be launched next month.
The new first-of-its-kind event is entitled United Through Diabetes and will be held on World Diabetes Day – Saturday, 14th November from 9.30am to 5pm.
Registration for the event is open now here
Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation and Diabetes Professional Care are excited to bring you an interactive exhibition designed to provide up-to-date education, and inspirational sessions to help people living with all types of diabetes, their family and friends. By working collaboratively and making the most of our complementary strengths, we are able to bring together the best of the best for the diabetes community. Our programme has been designed by people living with diabetes and our expert line up of healthcare professionals.
Our mission is to give people with diabetes the confidence, knowledge, and tools needed to take control of their health and diabetes journey.
Professor Partha Kar, National Specialty Advisor for Diabetes with NHS England and Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, heralded the event as a vital opportunity for people with diabetes concerned about their high risk from the resurgence of Covid-19 to receive timely advice and support from healthcare professionals.
Professor Kar, who will be a keynote speaker at the event, said: “This is a worrying time for everyone, especially people living with diabetes. There is a higher risk due to a number of factors, not just for people who may be overweight but also potentially due to high blood sugars, circulation, in combination raises the risk with members of the BAME (black and minority ethic) community. I have participated in DRWF’s Diabetes Wellness Days in the past and they are excellent. I’d encourage anyone living with diabetes to get involved.”
DPC has added the extra public day to their annual event for healthcare professionals, this year being held online as a virtual event, from 11th to 13th November.
Sarah Tutton, DRWF Chief Executive, said: “I am so pleased that we have found a way to engage with the many people who look forward to attending our regional Diabetes Wellness Days. We are very excited about the online platform which will give participants the ability to move from room to room to hear presentations from leading diabetes specialists as well as the opportunity to view cookery demonstrations and try some simple exercise, hear personal stories and chat with the speakers. The virtual experience is almost like being there.”
Create your own personal digital avatar to attend DRWF's new event United Through Diabetes
Participants will be able to make their own personal avatar which will allow them to navigate through the virtual event.
The United Through Diabetes day is aimed at anyone living with diabetes, family, friends and carers to learn more about all forms of diabetes and understand more about good self-care, the latest treatments available.
Maggie Meer, founder of DPC, added: “For a number of years I have been approached by other people with diabetes who recognise my passion for providing education and valuable information to people living with diabetes. I am delighted that we are in a position this year to launch United Through Diabetes in partnership with DRWF, and believe that our efforts will go a long way to ensuring that the lives of people living with diabetes will be enhanced through the education on offer and will enable them to better manage their conditions.”
Confirmed presentation topics include:
- Injecting your insulin safely and effectively - Forum for Injection Techniques workshop
- Hope versus hype in diabetes research - What research means to people living with diabetes
- How to prepare for video or telephone diabetes review
- Type 2 diabetes weight-loss and diabetes reversal
There will also be a virtual exhibition space with diabetes companies, specialist healthcare professionals and ancillary diabetes suppliers able to interact with the participants, answer questions and demonstrate their specialist items.
Lee Calladine, DRWF Events Co-ordinator, said: “As a person both living with type 1 diabetes and working in diabetes education, I can't stress enough the value of keeping informed and staying educated on the subject. It doesn't matter what type of diabetes you have or if you are a family member, friend, or carer, United Through Diabetes has something for everyone.”
DRWF received the Quality in Care Diabetes award for its highly acclaimed Wellness Events in 2017 the charity was awarded the Judges' Special Award and Highly Commended in the Empowering People with Diabetes category.
Find out more about United Through Diabetes at DRWF Events
Register to attend United Through Diabetes here
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