Iowa TypeOneNation Summit

November 17, 2018, Des Moines, IA
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Free - Registration is REQUIRED

Join other individuals, families, and caregivers affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) at all life stages for a day of education and connection at the TypeOneNation Summit. Talk to experts about research advances, meet with other attendees to exchange ideas, and participate in discussions important to you.

Event Day Program

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Breakout Sessions Include:

-“Not All in the Carbs: Psychology of T1D” by Melissa Wehr

This presentation will cover the many ways diabetes affects social, emotional and mental health. Melissa is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. Melissa brings a unique combination of experience and knowledge to working with chronic illnesses, as she has lived with T1D since being diagnosed at the age of 12.

“T1D Into Adulthood” by Dan Stabile

This presentation will cover the importance of maintaining appointments for follow-up care, screenings, and lab work; Driving, Alcohol, and Smoking; Diabetes complications and risks including psychiatric issues; Handling the transition with insurance coverage as you leave the house; Special scenarios such as surgery; Sexual activity, pregnancy; The expectations of greater autonomy in adult diabetes clinics. Dan was diagnosed with T1D at 10 months old. Dan is a Certified Diabetes Educator at UnityPoint Health Clinics

“Teens & T1D: The #NoFilter Look Into Type 1 Diabetes” by Gretchen Otte

Let’s dish about type 1 diabetes. Real life, real stories in navigating the journey of T1D. With social media and adventuring, I’ve done it all. Not even this disease can get in our way! Gretchen was diagnosed with T1D at age 23. Gretchen is the lead Digital Content Strategist at Myabetic.

A Cooking Demonstration by The Sola Company Co-Founder, Ryan Turner

Chef Ryan is passionate about helping people life a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying great food. Famous for his low carb meals and desserts, he struggled to find quality sweeteners that would do his food creations justice. Realizing the need for a superior sugar replacement, he set out to develop one himself given his passion an expertise.

-“Management & Care of T1D in School” by MaryAnn Strawhacker

The management of type 1 diabetes is a balancing act, and families of children with T1D, need reassurance that those teachers and staff who are caring for their child understand the complexity and responsibilities of T1D management. This session will cover several topics that will help parents work with school teachers and staff on establishing an environment that supports children with T1D so that they can gain the most out of their time at school. MaryAnn is a special education nurse consultant for the Heartland Area Education Agency.

“Exposed: Relationships & T1D” by Dan & Kim Sleiter

Living with a chronic illness like type 1 diabetes can be difficult on its own. However, blending it in to the rest of your life is a whole other ball game. Dan and Kim Sleiter expose the emotional truth behind what is going through the mind of the person living with the disease and the person without. Fortunately, DIABETES is not stamped on our foreheads. However, when confronted with exposing our secret diabetes lives to others, we are not always prepared for the response we receive. Learning and growing from a life with diabetes. Kim Sleiter has been living with T1D for 27 years. Dan Sleiter is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Blank Children’s Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic.

-“Exercising with T1D” by David Ertl

The theory and realities of exercising with T1D. This session will review the basics of exercise training and nutrition. Examples will be given on how beginners can train in one summer to ride up to 100 miles on a bicycle. Special consideration will be given about exercising for people with T1D. Some T1D cyclists who have participated in the JDRF Ride To Cure Diabetes program will be on hand to give their first-hand accounts of how they dealt with T1D while training for this event. Come and learn about the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition and get inspired! Dave began as a JDRF Ride Coach in 2004 with the Greater Iowa Chapter and has participated in 14 JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes events. He currently serves on the JDRF National Ride Coaching Team. He is a Level 1 USA Cycling Certified Coach.

“Hy-Vee Nutrition: Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle” by Samantha Thomas

This session will focus on a low carbohydrate vs. healthy carbohydrate diet. There is a lot of different information on what is best for a type 1 diabetic’s diet. Through this presentation you will learn the importance of carbohydrates in the diet, the difference between healthy carbohydrates and not so healthy carbohydrates, how to shop smartly at the grocery store and tips for achieving a healthy lifestyle. Samantha is a Regional Dietitian for Hy-Vee. Samantha is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition, Samantha also lives with type 1 diabetes herself.

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Holiday Inn - Des Moines Airport

Free on-site parking available.

6111 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321

Other Information

While children are welcome to attend breakout sessions, Kids Camp will be available for children ages 5-12. Kids Camp provides supervised child care and structured age-appropriate activities. Please complete a Child Registration for each applicable child.

Partnership opportunities for this event are available! Please contact Tara Eisele at for more information.

Discounted room rates at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport are available on Friday and Saturday night for $119 plus tax. Reservations must be made by October 27, 2018 by calling 515-287-2400 and mentioning JDRF TypeOneNation.

Event Contact

Kara Van Nordstrand
515-802-3220 |

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