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The American Diabetes Association Expands Commitment to Youth With Type 1 Diabetes
Date:11/27/2007


Tesch West, ADA's National Youth Advocate, emphasizes the critical need for

support and resources ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ November is American Diabetes Month(R) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is recognizing "The Many Faces of Diabetes" by teaming up with their newly selected National Youth Advocate, Tesch West of Utah, and calling attention to the critical needs of youth with type 1 diabetes.

For many years, the ADA has helped families and health care providers manage type 1 diabetes through resources and local programs including ADA's Diabetes Camps and Family Resource Networks. Now the ADA expands its commitment to these families by weaving all of its programs and resources for type 1 youth under a new umbrella: Planet D - Explore. Discover. Connect. Through Planet D, youth with type 1 diabetes will explore and discover new possibilities about themselves and their diabetes while connecting with other children like them.

"The first place kids with type 1 diabetes will experience Planet D is online at diabetes.org/planetD," said Tesch West, National Youth Advocate for the ADA. "This is so exciting for kids with type 1 and will help them gain access to information and get support by talking with other kids who are dealing with the same issues."

The Planet D Web site provides a completely safe and secure online environment for youth to leverage diabetes management tools, learn about issues affecting people with diabetes, build personal D-identities and interact with other youth through a variety of social networking opportunities including message boards, personal sharing and online polls. In the coming months, corresponding pages will be added for parents, educators, ADA Family Resource Network members, and Diabetes Camp attendees as well as additional programs and resources for children affected by type 1 diabetes that are part of the Planet D initiative.

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