National Conference to Address the Role of Diabetes Education in Improving the Health of the Nation
More Than 6,000 Expected to Attend the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, August 1-4, 2012
For Release: May 23, 2012
As reports continue to surface documenting the rapid growth of diabetes and the problem of obesity, diabetes educators from across the country will gather at the annual meeting of American Association of Diabetes Educators August 1-4 in Indianapolis.
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 can 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.
Keynote speakers at the conference include renowned journalist Jane Pauley, Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, MD, MPH, and nutrition expert and author Brian Wansink, PhD, MS, who will present “From Mindless Eating to Healthy Living.”
In addition, leading manufacturers and medical supply companies will present the latest technologies and innovations in products available to people with diabetes.
“Diabetes education needs to become more mainstream,” said Sandra Burke, PhD, ANP, BC-ADM, CDE, AADE’s 2012 President. “It’s a covered benefit, it improves the public health and it reduces the financial burden on the healthcare system. Our challenge is to change patient behavior so that people with diabetes as well as caregivers become familiar with the concept of seeing a diabetes educator.”