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Virginia Diabetics

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Where in VA?

Started by Jenni. Last reply by kelvin72 Oct 14, 2013. 76 Replies

Good PCP in NoVA?

Started by amphigory. Last reply by Brian (bsc) Oct 12, 2011. 1 Reply

Endo in Charlottesville?

Started by Colleen. Last reply by Ron Doyle Oct 15, 2010. 6 Replies

Any Virginia diabetics into cycling and getting fit

Started by Anthony DiPalma. Last reply by aliraeu Jun 16, 2010. 5 Replies

Poker Run

Started by Brenda. Last reply by Brenda Sep 28, 2009. 2 Replies

Walk in Va. Beach or Newport News???

Started by Brenda. Last reply by Brenda Oct 17, 2008. 1 Reply

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Comment by Brian (bsc) on May 30, 2012 at 12:55pm

Northern Virginia Diabetes Support Group

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 7:00-8:30 pm

Topic: The Restaurant Challenge!

Pf Changs

Tysons Galleria

1716M International Dr.

McLean, VA 22102 

Anyone with any type of diabetes is welcome at these meetings.

This month we will be having a group “outing.”  We will be visiting PF Chang’s, which serves an eclectic fusion Chinese and American cuisines.  We have chosen a location closer in to the city as a convenience to those in DC and Arlington or Alexandria.  The menu is filled with of men selections to choose and should present a challenge and opportunity for us all.  Please come join us for an outing focused on discussing how we all deal with eating out.  We will share how we choose restaurants, ordering tips and other strategies.  This highlight of the evening will also be the “Carb Count Challenge.”  In preparation, we ask that you not try to examine nutrition information beforehand.  Prizes will be awarded for those making the “best” estimate of the carb count for their dinner as well as special mention for those achieving notable low carb counts as well as “epic” miscounts.

Since we are making a reservation with the restaurant, attendees are asked to confirm their participation by calling the Diabetes Center (1-877-571-4625).  We will be confirming the count for the reservation for the restaurant, so please confirm. 

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Comment by Brian (bsc) on May 7, 2012 at 10:57am

 

Northern Virginia Diabetes Support Group

Thursday, May 10th, 2012 7:00-8:30 pm

Topic: Diabetes Stories

Located at the Inova Diabetes Center at Fair Oaks Hospital
3700 Joseph Siewick Drive, 4thFloor Conference Room, Fairfax, VA 22033

 

This month we will be having an opportunity to share our individual “Diabetes Stories.” The stories of how we were first diagnosed with diabetes, what was your experience, how you felt at the time and how you feel today. Most importantly, we will discuss our feelings about our diagnosis and how our feelings may or may not have changed. This is a sharing opportunity, those that wish to share their story are encouraged to do so, but you can also attend and just listen, and that is fine.

Anyone with any type of diabetes is welcome at these meetings! Please feel free to invite your friends. Snacks are potluck. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Next Meeting:
June 14th – Topic and location to be announced.

Comment by Brian (bsc) on April 8, 2012 at 1:22pm

Northern Virginia Diabetes Support Group

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 7:00-8:30 pm

Topic: Self-Management Tune-Up

Located at the Inova Diabetes Center at Fair Oaks Hospital
3700 Joseph Siewick Drive, 4th Floor Conference Room, Fairfax, VA 22033

 

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has identified 7 key areas critical to successful lifelong self-management of diabetes:

  • Staying active
  • Healthy eating
  • Use of medications or insulin
  • Monitoring blood glucose
  • Problem solving
  • Avoiding risks of uncontrolled diabetes
  • Healthy coping

Join us for a brief introduction to these topics followed by an open discussion of your experiences, successes, and challenges in these key areas. Written self-reflection tools (from the AADE) will be provided to stimulate discussion.

Next Meeting:
May 10th – Topic to be announced.

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Comment by Brian (bsc) on March 1, 2012 at 2:16pm

Northern Virginia Diabetes Support Group

Thursday, March 8th, 2012 7:00-8:30 pm

Topic: Traveling with Diabetes

Located at the Inova Diabetes Center at Fair Oaks Hospital
3700 Joseph Siewick Drive, 4th Floor Conference Room, Fairfax, VA 22033

 

Travel with diabetes raises a variety of issues:

  • How do you plan for travel and what should you bring?
  • How do you deal with air travel and security?
  • What about cruises?
  • How do you deal with exotic environments, increased activity, or remote situations?
  • What are your backup plans?
  • How does international travel differ?

At this meeting, we will discuss some of the current travel recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and other groups, as well as share our own approach to travel.  This meeting will include discussions of travel with insulin, pumps, and CGM.  If you have any “travel stories” please come share them.

 

Next Meeting:
April 12th – Topic to be announced.

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Comment by Brian (bsc) on February 9, 2012 at 6:08am

I am attending the TCOYD conference this weekend on Feb 11th. If anyone wants to meet, some of us are going to try to get together. Join the tudiabetes event and I'll send you info.

Comment by Brian (bsc) on February 8, 2012 at 1:31pm

Northern Virginia Diabetes Support Group

Thursday, February 16th, 2012 7:00-8:30 pm

Topic: Diabetes and Eye Disease

Located at the Inova Diabetes Center at Fair Oaks Hospital
3700 Joseph Siewick Drive, 4th Floor Conference Room, Fairfax, VA 22033

 

How often should I get my eyes checked?  What kind of eye exam should I ask for with diabetes?  What kind of eye doctor should I go to?  Are all my vision problems caused by my diabetes?  If I lose my sight because of diabetes, can I ever get it back?

If you’ve ever wondered about these questions, join us on Thursday evening, February 16th for some professional guidance on preventing blindness due to diabetes.  An ophthalmologist from Northern Virginia Eye Associates will tell you how to keep your eyes healthy with diabetes.  Bring your questions and friends, and join us for this informative event.

Next Meeting:
March 8th – Topic to be announced

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Comment by Brian (bsc) on January 9, 2012 at 11:46am

I'm sorry for the late notice.

Northern Virginia Diabetes Support Group

Thursday, January 12, 2012 7:00-8:30 pm

Topic: How to Get and Stay Active When You’re Physically Limited

Located at the Inova Diabetes Center at Fair Oaks Hospital
3700 Joseph Siewick Drive, 4th Floor Conference Room, Fairfax, VA 22033

 

Anyone with any type of diabetes is welcome at these meetings!  Please feel free to invite your friends.

Coffee and tea will be provided.  Please feel free to bring a healthy snack to share.

People with diabetes often have additional health problems that make it difficult to move and get adequate physical activity.  Activity is important not only for blood sugar control, but to help reduce heart disease risks.

Join us this Thursday evening for some professional guidance on getting and staying active with physical limitations.  A professional Physical Therapist from the Inova Physical Therapy Center at Fair Oaks hospital will discuss the benefits of activity and ways to overcome barriers to physical activity.  She will also provide information on more “joint friendly” fitness classes in the local community, and demonstrate some exercises that can be done in a chair, at a counter, or on a bed.

Next Meeting:
February 16th – Topic to be announced

Comment by tigger on December 8, 2011 at 9:08am

Will still try to be there - may be limping a bit - just had surgery on the 18th and had 2 bouts of a cold so far - yikes I sound like a sickee. Am definately trying to be there because Alana Sugar is with the Weston Price foundation I think, and definately with the Northern Virginia Whole Foods meetup - I learned a lot from going to those meetings. They are so informative. BSC - thanks for being our leader!!!

Comment by Brian (bsc) on December 1, 2011 at 4:40am

Northern Virginia Diabetes Support Group

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 7:00-8:30 pm

Topic: Tour of Whole Foods, Fair Lakes

4501 Market Commons Dr, Fairfax, VA

***Note Alternate Location***

 

We will be touring Whole Foods with nutritionist Alana Sugar, CN. We will get a chance to see a variety of sustainable, organic and specialty foods, and learn how they fit into a diabetic diet. Learn about some of the more exotic foods, nut flours, whole and raw ingredients, organic veggies, free range and hormone/antibiotic free meats, etc. Ms. Sugar has given this tour before and is very knowledgeable on these subjects. The tour will take the whole session and we will have an opportunity to visit all the main sections of the store and talk with various representatives of the departments.


Should you wish to come early, Whole Foods has a variety of options for dinner. We meet at the front of the store inside the entrance promptly at 7:00pm.
For further information on the store check out the Whole Foods WebSite.  And you can learn about the nutritionist who will give the tour, Ms. Alana Sugar (yes, that is her real name).

This meeting is always popular and unfortunately we must limit attendance, so you must RSVP to Kate Hampton. Call 703-391-4762 or email to kathryn.hampton@inova.org.

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Comment by alwaystempted on November 13, 2011 at 11:52am

I recently moved to Reston VA and I'm looking for good groups to be associated with to meet fellow diabetics as well as to be active in walks, events, etc... any ideas?

 

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