|Some of the resources—but not the fake food—showcased at EXPO, such as MyFoodAdvisor, are available online at diabetes.org. Or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) for free pamphlets and guides.|
|Seize the exercise! I counted plenty of steps while walking the exhibit hall and jumping on gleaming exercise equipment—with helpful fitness instructors at the ready to answer questions such as "Am I doing this right?"||
|Mari Ruddy (right) of TeamWILD, an athletic e-coaching business, founded the Red Rider® program for riders living with diabetes. Trust me, she'll cheer the loudest if you sign up for Tour de Cure®!|
Corn on the cob, a tidy serving of green beans, a medium hamburger bun worth, oh, 25 grams of carbohydrate. I couldn't resist poking the goods while testing my nutrition knowledge. Fortunately, the food was fake. It sure is easier to recognize right-size servings when faced with three-dimensional examples that look good enough to eat.
The realistic edibles, carefully displayed on white plates at EXPO® Minneapolis, fascinated me. This was my first visit to the free American Diabetes Association health fair held at a dozen or so locations around the United States each year. And I was impressed! In addition to portion lessons, the event served up a ton of inspiration.
It's invigorating to be surrounded by hundreds of volunteers and thousands of attendees focused on taking care of diabetes together. Exhibitors doled out coupons and samples of glucose products, lotions, and healthy snacks. Other organizations offered blood pressure results, A1C tests, and other health screenings. Health care providers gave flu shots. Scientists explained what's happening with diabetes research in their labs. Exercise instructors pumped up the volume and encouraged us at Zumba, with grandmothers and toddlers alike responding to the infectious beat.
For a day, I was able to fully focus on living well with diabetes, surrounded by people who care. I saw some good friends and made some new ones. I know that not everyone is able to travel to an EXPO event; I hope that, even so, you'll feel the long-distance encouragement.
Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1
*Person with diabetes