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Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference Heads to Augusta to Bring Answers, Advocacy and Hope - February 28, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) conference and health fair will be held February 28, 2009 at the Augusta Marriott Hotel, bringing national and local medical experts in diabetes care to people with all types of diabetes, those at risk for diabetes, and their loved ones for a day of highly informative and motivational programs.

Leading specialist will discuss practical advice and developments in the treatment of diabetes, the complications of the disease, psychological barriers to controlling diabetes, prevention, nutritional issues and much more. Health professionals from the Medical College of Georgia, University Primary Care, University Hospital, Augusta Foot and Ankle, Veterans Administration Medical Center, University Medical Associates, and a host of other diabetes specialists have partnered with Taking Control of Your Diabetes to hold this premier conference and health fair.

TCOYD participants can hear lectures, participate in screenings, and speak one-on-one with diabetes specialists including physicians, pharmacists, dieticians, certified diabetes educators and podiatrists.

A health fair with 35 informational exhibits from national and local diabetes-related companies and organizations will be open throughout the day. A banquet lunch is included and will feature special guest speaker All-Star Hawks player Dominique Wilkins who will share his inspiring story, living well with diabetes.

"With the increase in obesity, more and more Georgians are being diagnosed every day with diabetes. This conference and health fair is a great way to learn as much as you possibly can in one day and in one location from a variety of diabetes experts. We want to help individuals and families living with diabetes to be educated, motivated and empowered to take control of their diabetes," says Charles Shaefer, Jr., MD, conference co-director.

Pre-registration is recommended and financial aid is available for those who need assistance. Early registration fees are $15 per person. Registration fees include breakfast, lunch, all conference activities and materials. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE BY CALLING TCOYD. Onsite registration begins at 9 a.m. and costs $20. The conference is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To register or get more information, call 800-998-2693 or visit, or

TCOYD founder and director Steven Edelman, MD, an internationally recognized leader in diabetes treatment, research and education, who has lived with diabetes for 37 years, says, "Diabetes is demanding and people's daily decisions have an immediate impact on their health. At the same time, information about living with diabetes is complex. Education is critical to staying on top of this disease."

TCOYD is a California-based 501c3 diabetes education organization. This is the 102nd in the national series of conferences that the not-for-profit has presented since 1995. More than 500 participants are expected at this one-of-a-kind event.

    Contact: Michele Huie
    858-755-5683 /

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