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Open Q&A with Kelly Mueller, American Diabetes Association – Joy Valvano, November 8, 2012
 Joy at Unity:
Welcome to the Unity Diabetes Online Community! I’m Joy Valvano, a certified diabetes educator at the Unity Diabetes Center. I’ll be hosting today’s chat with Kelly Mueller, our special guest from the American Diabetes Association. This is diabetes month and we’re glad you could join us today. We’re excited to answer all of your diabetes-related questions.
 Joy at Unity:
Before we get started let me just tell you how we’ll address your questions and comments today. I answer questions one at a time, in the order that they are posted to the site, and there might be a slight delay as I respond to each question. It may take a few minutes for me to type answers to your questions, so please stay logged-in to the chat to see my response, even if it takes a few minutes.  
 Joy at Unity:
And you might need to refresh every few minutes to keep up with the latest posts in the chat if you switch to another application on your computer. Let’s get started.
 Joy at Unity:  
 Kelly would you like to tell us about the ADA's upcoming Community Forum?
 Kelly @ ADA:
Sure, this Tuesday, Nov. 13 we are hosting our annual Community Forum that includes a screening of the new HBO documentary "The Weight of the Nation” at the Greece Community Center (3 Vince Tofany Boulevard).
 Joy at Unity:  
 Who is invited?
 Kelly @ ADA:
 All are invited to join us for this free event. We will have a wellness expo at 5:30, the film screening at 6:30 and a panel discussion at 7:30.
  Kelly @ ADA:
 Our panelists are:
Jean Bauch, R.D., C.D.E., C.P.T., Director, Unity Diabetes Center
R. James Bingham, M.D., Endocrinologist, Unity Health System
Brad Heutmaker, Captain, Tour de Cure Red Riders
 Joy at Unity:  
 What is “The Weight of the Nation” about?
 Kelly @ ADA:
This is a film produced by HBO with the National Institute of Health. The second film (that we are showing on Tuesday) is called Choices. This juxtaposes the biological factors that affect obesity with the choices each of us can make to live healthier lives. 
Kelly @ ADA: 
It talks about the ways that diet and exercise impact diabetes and how we can all make changes for a healthier lifestyle. 
 Kelly @ ADA: 
 There is hope, from the research being done to understand how and why we store excess fat, influences on what and how much we eat, and how active or sedentary we are, to the small, simple choices we can make to put ourselves on a healthier path.
 sassy35:
 Do you have to register for the event?
 Joy at Unity: 
 That sounds really interesting!
 Kelly @ ADA: 
 RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY by calling (585) 458-3040 x3483 or emailing manderson@diabetes.org.
 Joy at Unity: 
 Are there other things happening in Rochester for American Diabetes month?
 sassy35:
 Why did the ADA decide to show this program? Why is it important for people to see?
 Kelly @ ADA: 
We are hosting a Mission Recognition Breakfast on November 29 to honor our community partners. Call 585-458-3040 for more information.
Kelly @ ADA: 
 We also support churches with the health ministry. This Sunday, churches across the city will be sharing diabetes information with their congregation to help spread the word about services available, resources in our community and risks of diabetes.
 Kelly @ ADA: 
 We have 95 churches in Rochester and Buffalo who are sharing this important information.
 Kelly @ ADA: 
 Hi sassy35, we chose this film because our bodies’ biological complexity is the main reason that weight loss is so difficult. It’s unlikely that there will ever be a simple pill for weight reduction or obesity prevention that works in everyone.
 Kelly @ ADA: 
 Diabetes is related to the obesity epidemic in that diet and exercise have a huge impact on our overall health.
 Kelly @ ADA: 
One of the best things about this film is that it shared the story of real people and real challenges while sharing more information about what each one of us can do.
 sassy35:
 Looks like a great group - do you have to register or can you just show up?
 Kelly @ ADA: 
I am going to be asking the panelists what information they provide to their patients and what actions are the most successful for losing weight, managing diabetes, and improving health.
 Kelly @ ADA:
 We are asking people to register just so we can make sure to have enough seats and goodie bags but we will not turn anyone away at the door. We want the community to join in on this event, learn from the experts and be a part of this important conversation.
 ncrespo:
 I have been in a bit of denial as far as me being diabetic. I have been taking medication (pills) for months now that my primary doctor prescribed. Should I be going to the Unity clinic with a specialized doctor for treatment? I am not a very good patient and don't like going to the doctor. I recently had some blood work done and the numbers were not so good.
 Kelly @ ADA:
 Registering is easy, just send a quick e-mail to manderson@diabetes.org and you will be all set.
  Joy at Unity: 
 Hi ncrespo, you may want to talk further with your doctor about whether or not it would be helpful to meet with an endocrinologist (doctor who specializes in diabetes); another option is to meet with a diabetes educator who could work with you on dietary and lifestyle modifications that might also help promote better blood sugar control.
 Joy at Unity: 
 Diabetes can be very challenging to manage so it is always great when you have a "team" to work with - the Diabetes Center can offer that starting with meeting with a CDE, certified diabetes educator.
 sassy35:
 Do you offer any classes to help people?
 ncrespo:
 Ok I will call the Center as I don't have a lot of confidence with my primary doctor. A few years ago I went there but really haven’t been following anything I learned so I think I need to pull my head out of the denial basket and start being smarter with this before I end up having to do injections. Thanks.
 Joy at Unity:
 Yes, we also offer Managing Diabetes classes - a four session class that meet weekly. Call 368-4560 for days and info to register.
  Joy at Unity:
 Sounds like a good plan ncrespo!
 Joy at Unity:
 That’s all the time we have for today. We’ve really enjoyed our conversation and hope that we were able to provide some insight for you. If we didn’t get to your question today or if you think of another question later on – feel free to jump into the conversation in the forum, or submit a question using our “Ask an expert” feature.
 Joy at Unity:

 Be sure to join us for our next chat Wednesday, November 14 at 8 p.m. Kelly from the American Diabetes Association, will join me again to recap the event on November 13: a panel discussion and screening of the HBO documentary “Weight of the Nation.” Call (585) 458-3040 (ext. 3483) if you’re interested in attending that event next week.

 
 
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