Parkland hosts “Learn about Healthy Living with Diabetes” event

Parkland hosts “Learn about Healthy Living with Diabetes” event

Diabetes Community Conference on Sept. 29 free, open to public

Coping with diabetes isn’t easy, but according to medical experts it is possible to enjoy a healthy, active life by taking control of the disease, rather than allowing it to control you.

To help educate individuals and their family members who are dealing with diabetes, Parkland Health & Hospital System will host a Diabetes Community Conference from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 at Friendship West Baptist Church, 2020 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas 75232. Pre-registration is required. The free event will include discussions by specialists with the Global Diabetes Center at Parkland sharing helpful information about living with diabetes, such as:

• Coping with diabetes
• Family support
• Understanding your diabetes medication
• Keeping a healthy weight
• Meal planning
• Exercise and diabetes

“The statistics about diabetes are startling,” said Kellie Rodriguez, CDE, Director of Education & Community Engagement for the Global Diabetes Center. “Someone is diagnosed with the disease every 23 seconds in America. One in 11 Americans has been diagnosed with diabetes and 89 million are at risk. Diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.”

But there are many steps people with diabetes can take to improve their health and reduce the risk of complications, Rodriguez said.

“Diabetes is a chronic but manageable condition and that’s why it’s so important for persons with diabetes and their family members to get the support and education they need to care for themselves,” she said. “This event is an opportunity to learn more about healthy living with diabetes from experts in nutrition, exercise and clinical management of the disease.”

Everyone wishing to attend must register online at The first 50 attendees will receive a free T-shirt on conference day. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is free and DART Bus 161 and Bus 415 provide convenient access to the location. To learn more about services at Parkland hospital, visit