DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women Conference Filling up Fast

The North Carolina-based not-for-profit DiabetesSisters (DiabetesSisters.org) is pleased to announce that registration for the first annual Weekend for Women conference to be held May 22-23rd in Raleigh is two-thirds full, and will likely close by April 1.

“It is incredible to see people’s response to finding out about the Conference,” said Brandy Barnes, the organization’s founder/executive director. “From coast-to-coast, women are writing in to share how enthusiastic they are at the opportunity to meet and learn from other women with diabetes.  This really validates the work we’ve been doing at DiabetesSisters since we beganin 2008,” she added.

The Weekend for Women Conference, taking place immediate following the Raleigh Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference & Health Fair, offers tools and support to women as they face the gender-specific challenges and issues associated with diabetes, such as pregnancy, menopause, body image, nutrition, creative exercise, and intimacy/sex.

Seventy-two (72) women have registered for the event; and 24 women have applied for the five scholarship positions.  The conference curriculum was finalized in early February, including presenters Sheri Colberg, PhD, Old Dominion University, and author of 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes; Constance Brown-Riggs, RD, CDE, past president of the New York State Dietetic Association and author of The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes; Carole Calladine, MSW and author of Second Story Woman, Diana McNeil, MD, endocrinologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, to name a few.  Nicole Johnson, MA, MPH, 1999 Miss America winner, will give the keynote presentation on Sunday morning to kick off the day of gender-specific learning sessions, following an evening of socializing and networking with all participants and Conference faculty.

Registrants hail from DiabetesSisters’ home state of North Carolina, to Massachusetts, Florida, Oregon, Michigan, Illinois and California (and about every state in between).   The participants’ breadth of diabetes experience ranges from newly diagnosed to long-time veterans, and represents pre-diabetes, type 1, LADA, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

“DiabetesSisters prides itself on being an open community, and we are thrilled that women with all types of diabetes, from the age of 21 to 68, of multiple races from every part of the country are eager to be a part of this special event,” said Marci Williams, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2005 and serves as a member of the Weekend for Women Planning Committee.

For more information on registration, speakers, curriculum, scholarships and other important details, please visit DiabetesSisters.org.

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