Life Class Webinar Series

Life Class Webinar Series

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Welcome to the DiabetesSisters Life Class Webinar Series!  In our ongoing efforts to educate, support, and advocate for women with diabetes, these webinars serve to "meet women where they are"--whether that's in the office, at home, or traveling.  Check out the Life Class Webinar schedule below and mark your calendar.  In case you miss one, all past webinars are archived below.

2017 Schedule 

Let's Get Organized! The Key to Successful Diabetes Management, led by Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 4:00pm est
Life with diabetes can be overwhelming and often difficult to organize. Whether you are at work, home or school, diabetes care and management should be properly addressed. This webinar will focus on organizing your busy schedule, so you can optimize your time and improve your diabetes management. We will explore strategies to help you organize your goals, diabetes supplies, daily routine, travel, medical paperwork and kitchen.

Diabetes and Heart Health, led by Sarah Alexander, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rush University Medical Center
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 4:00pm est
Diabetes affects 1 in 10 US adults and patient with diabetes have a higher prevalence of heart disease and increased risk of heart attack compared to patients without diabetes. In this webinar, you will learn about risk factors for heart disease commonly associated with diabetes and how you can decrease your risk of heart disease.

Diabetes and Hormones, led by Mache Seibel, MD
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 4:00pm est

Diabetes and Physical Fitness, led by Christel Oerum,
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 4:00pm est

Listen to past DiabetesSisters Life Class Webinar Series Podcasts:






January 20, 2016

Goal Setting
Do your New Years resolutions fall apart by the end of January? You are not alone! It's time to set realistic goals so you can start to reset old behaviors and live a healthy life with diabetes. Susan Weiner, the 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the year will share her tips and suggestions on goal setting and mindful behaviors. This is your opportunity to give yourself the gift of health in 2016.

Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN,
2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year
March 21, 2016

Diabetes & Kidney Disease
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, accounting for almost half of new cases. About 30% of patients with type 1 diabetes and 10 to 40 percent of those with type 2 diabetes suffer from kidney failure. Learn now the steps you need to take to protect your kidneys and decrease your chances of developing Diabetic Kidney Disease, also known as Diabetic Nephropathy. In this webinar you will become familiar with the risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and steps to prevent Diabetic Kidney Disease.

Nancy Lepain, RN, MSN, APN-BC,
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

April 20, 2016

Natural Ways to Reduce Allergies
Do you suffer with annoying spring allergies symptoms...coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches? Why is this happening? Your immune system is overreacting when it shouldn't be. The good news is there are easy ways to calm it down and help you feel better. There are simple steps you can take with food and supplements which will dramatically reduce or avoid those symptoms, allowing you to breath freely and clear this spring!

 Jody Stanislaw, ND, CDE

May 18, 2016 Diabetes Burnout
Diabetes Burnout doesn't have to mean you've completely given up on your diabetes! It can simply mean you're really tired of the nonstop work around nutrition, exercise, medications, and oh yeah, checking your blood sugar. Ginger is going to talk about working your way through burnout without trying to suddenly "cure" your burnout overnight. (Sadly, she doesn't have a cure for your diabetes either.) Diabetes Burnout is something we all go through--and there's a way to work through it that's motivating and empowering!
 Ginger Viera, CHC, CPT  
June 15, 2016

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Straight Talk About Low Calorie Sweeteners for People with Diabetes

DiabetesSisters deal with the twin challenges (among others) of achieving glycemic control along with managing their weight. Though various low calorie sweeteners have been available for decades, myths and questions about their safety as well as effectiveness for weight and glucose control still abound. Join Hope Warshaw as she provides a recap* of the evidence-based research on the safety of low calorie sweeteners and offers practical advice for integrating one or more into a healthy diabetes eating plan. *Warshaw presented "Are We Giving the Right Advice? Consumer Confusion Regarding Low-Calorie Sweeteners among People with Diabetes," at the 2016 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in New Orleans on June 13, 2016.

Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM

 September 21, 2016

Get Ahead of the Holidays: Tips for Making It Easier

Settle back in your own time and enjoy a "tip filled" hour of information to help make management a bit easier. Fall begins soon and tends to be a time of year things start to "go south" due to so many holidays one after another. This webinar is packed with great tips to give an idea of how to  stay on top of management and still enjoy the fall/winter holiday fun!

 Jennifer Smith, RD, LD CDE  

 October 19, 2016

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through an independent grant

 Appeals and Denials

The complicated world of private and public payers requires people with diabetes to understand how the system works in order to make a case for access to the tools, drugs, and education that we need in order to live well. Come learn from patients and insurance professionals who’ve won access battles and have the scars to prove it. Join prominent patient advocates Melissa Lee and Cherise Shockley and learn how to navigate this windy road. 

Melissa Lee and Cherise Shockley  
 November 16, 2016

 Be Healthy. Be You. BeYoutiful.

Do you ever feel self-conscious about your Diabetes care?  Or do you ever struggle to know how to talk about it with those around you?  Have you ever considered how these issues impact your overall health and well-being? Tune into this webinar to hear effective ways to approach these tricky situations and boost your confidence as a woman with diabetes! 

 Kimberly Goodson  
January 21, 2015 Diabetes Organizing Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN,
2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year
March 18, 2015 Diabetes and Eye Disease

Rajeev S. Ramchandran, MD, MBA
Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester

Mary Bregantini, Prevent Blindness

part 1  
part 2  
part 3   

May 20, 2015 Diabetes and Physical Fitness Ginger Vieira
June 17, 2015 Life's a Beach: How does Diabetes Fit in the Cooler? Regina Shirley, RD, LDN
September 16, 2015 Diabetes and Eating Disorders Diana Naranjo, PhD  
November 18, 2015 Tips for Making It Easier
(audio jarbled at the beginning)
Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDE
February 19, 2014 Women, Diabetes & Heart Disease Annabelle Volgman, MD  
May 14, 2014 The Top 5 Signs of Diabetes Burnout Rhonda Merwin, PhD  
September 17, 2014 5 Things WWD Should Know about Menopause Mache Seibel, MD  
November 21, 2014 A Woman's Guide to Diabetes: Your Path to Wellness Brandy Barnes, MSW & Natalie Strand, MD