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Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association (DESA) exists to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and physical fitness. Individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who exercise are often at a lost to find information on diabetes and exercise. This organization, a nonprofit, provides information vital to the health and well being of individuals with diabetes. Health care professionals are amazed at the information obtained through literature and conferences which are passed on to patients treated in their diabetes centers. Through the website www.diabetes-exercise.org or educational conferences a vast array of information is available. The goals of the organization are:

David Letterman is not the only one to have a top 10 list. DESA has a top 10 list encouraging individuals with diabetes and clinicians who treat them to join the organization.

Top Ten Reasons to Become a DESA Member

10.    I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and need to connect with resources to help me achieve my athletic goals.

9.    The best friends in my life are DESA members I have come to know through DESA activities and conferences.

8.    DESA conferences are an opportunity for me to meet leaders in the field of diabetes research and heath care professional to learn the latest development in exercise related subjects, diabetes equipment and supplies.

7.    The DESA quarterly newsletter, The Challenge, is a quality publication of timely and useful information on diabetes control through exercise.

6.    I want to have dialogue with others facing the same challenges as I do and the DESA Online Forum is a great opportunity to do this.

5.    I want to get started on an exercise program and receive encouragement to "stick with it" from DESA and its members.

4.    I want to become active in advancing the DESA mission. My membership decision is an important step in doing this.

3.    DESA has supported and helped people with diabetes from around the globe by establishing DESA Canada and DESA Europe to address the need for exercise knowledge and support among people with diabetes. Many of our members are just starting an exercise program, while others have succeeded at levels that most only dream of, including climbing Mt. Everest, biking across the United States, and enduring extreme sport activities and marathons.

2.    We are the leading international nonprofit diabetes organization dedicated to diabetes health, wellness and prevention through exercise.

  and the #1 Reason To Become A DESA Member ...

Celebrating its 20th year of service, the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association (DESA) has a single, focused mission: to teach healthy and safe exercise strategies in the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

If this is not enough information to persuade you to join, come and see for yourself. DESA holds an annual conference somewhere in the United States. This year the conference is in Chapel Hill, NC on the University of North Carolina campus. Individuals with diabetes travel from all over the country to attend the conference. The conference typically draws ~200 attendees mostly with type 1 diabetes but with type 2 reaching epidemic proportions everyone can benefit. About one third of attendees are clinicians such as nurses, dietitians, and certified diabetes educators. Individuals or families considering joining the organization or attending a conference often are concerned what they will get out of it since they do not view themselves as athletes.

Originally, the organization was called the International Diabetic Athletes Association. When members of the organization and attendees at conferences were polled it was found that approximately 25-30% were competitive athletes. The other 70 - 75% were individuals interested in learning techniques to help better control their diabetes through exercise. To attract a broader audience the organization changed the name several years ago to the Diabetes, Exercise & Sports Association. Some topics you will find online or at a conference are as simple as starting a walking program while using a pedometer while others may be tips to control post exercise hypoglycemia.

The link to view this year's DESA conference and to register is http://www.diabetes-exercise.org/Docs/DESA%202006%20conf1.pdf. Exercise should be part of your diabetes management and now you have access to information to help you do it and do it now!

Rick Philbin, MBA, M.Ed., ATC

March 2006

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