Anchorage “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” Health Fair

If you live in the area of Anchorage, Alaska, you’ll want to check out the “Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference & Health Fair” taking place on Saturday, February 20, at the William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) is a nonprofit organization founded by endocrinologist Steven Edelman, who himself has Type 1 diabetes, in 1995 to “educate and motivate people with diabetes to take a more active role in their condition.” The group has a number of initiatives, including its online reality series Extreme Diabetes Makeover, its cable-based television series featuring Dr. Edelman, and its national conferences and health fairs.


These conventions feature lectures from well-known speakers, health screenings, exhibits from diabetes-related companies and organizations, a healthful banquet lunch, and the opportunity to speak with diabetes health-care specialists.

The Anchorage conference has both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes programs. The Type 1 program includes presentations on topics such as “In the Zone: CGM and Other Techniques for Keeping Your Glucose Levels in Check,” “Pumping Techniques,” and “Alcohol and Diabetes: Do They Mix?” The Type 2 program includes presentations on topics such as “An Explosion of Type 2 Treatment Options,” “Meter Readings: High, Low, Now What?” and “Fun Foot Facts and the Latest on Neuropathy.”

The registration fee is $15 per person ($10 per person for two or more registering together) before 12 PM PST on February 17. Registrations sent through the mail must be postmarked by Friday, February 12. The onsite registration fee is $20 per person. To register, call (800) 998-2693, visit, or send the registration form available here to Taking Control of Your Diabetes, 1110 Camino Del Mar, Suite B, Del Mar, CA 92014.

Financial aid is available for people in need. For more information, call TCOYD at (800) 998-2693.

Conferences will be running throughout the year at various locations around the United States. To find out when a TCOYD health fair will be near you, click here to see the schedule of upcoming events.

This blog entry was written by Senior Digital Editor Diane Fennell.