Press Release

Managing The Diabetes Epidemic Through Education

More Than 6,000 Expected to Attend the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, August 7-10

For Release: April 1, 2013

Diabetes educators from across the country will convene in Philadelphia August 7-10 to address the ways that patient education and self-management of diabetes can reduce health care expenditures and positively impact the public health.

Diabetes education, a paid benefit through Medicare and many private insurers, teaches people with diabetes how to manage and cope with their condition and prevent serious complications that may arise from the disease. It is demonstrably successful in reducing costs to the health care system and improving the health of patients. 

The AADE annual meeting is the only national conference solely focused on this specialty.

In addition to hundreds of breakout sessions that will update diabetes educators on trends, nutrition, and new ways to catalyze changes in behavior, AADE will present a roster of nationally known experts and keynote speakers:

  • Phil Southerland, global ambassador for diabetes and founder of Team Type 1, an organization that includes athletes with diabetes
  • Paula Deen, celebrity chef and author who since revealing she has diabetes has shared her personal journey as well as recipes and tips for a healthier lifestyle
  • Arya M. Sharma, MD, PhD, FRCPC,  an expert on obesity management, who will share his practical tools for treating patients with obesity
  • BJ Fogg, PhD, director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University, his methods help people understand and design behavior change. He is the founder and director of Stanford’s annual Mobile Health Conference

Qualified media are invited to seek a complimentary press registration for the conference by contacting Diana Pihos at or 312-601-4864. Read the media guidelines.