Free bus or light rail transportation will be provided by MetroTransit to the Diabetes EXPO. A coupon is available on the event website, diabetes.org/minneapolisexpo
The Diabetes EXPO provides the public with a unique opportunity to talk with health care experts and obtain important medical and nutritional information. This highly interactive event is a chance to find out how the American Diabetes Association is helping people with diabetes and their families in your community.
Free health screenings will be provided in the Screening Area and will include A1C (estimated average blood glucose), blood pressure, BMI (Body Mass Index), cholesterol, diabetes risk assessment using blood glucose testing, eye, hearing, kidney, oral cancer, sleep apnea, stroke risk assessment and foot screening.
Dominique Wilkins, a retired Atlanta Hawks NBA player and person living with Type 2 Diabetes, will be a featured speaker - sponsored by Novo Nordisk, Inc.
Cooking demonstrations will be featured throughout the day on the “Healthy Eating Stage” by celebrity chefs including Chef Tiffany Derry of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef,” a fan favorite and entrepreneur, as well as Chef Dana Herbert, a TLC “Cake Boss” Winner. These demonstrations are sponsored by Novo Nordisk Diabetes Education Program.
This year, we are celebrating the American Diabetes Association 75th anniversary! In honor of the occasion, the New York Historical Society is bringing its traveling exhibit, “Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin,” to the EXPO. This exhibit chronicles the discovery of insulin, the impact of this breakthrough, and the evolution of insulin production and diabetes patient care throughout the twentieth century.
Attendees are encouraged to stop by the “Active Living Area” to meet with a YMCA personal trainer and obtain a personalized fitness plan. Learn how to work fitness into your everyday life with fitness demonstration on different types of equipment and exercise tips whether you are just getting started with your fitness plan or looking to take it to the next level.
A “Healthy Kids Area” will feature exciting activities, games, face painting, prizes and information for children with diabetes and their families. Learn more about healthy living through active play and organized activities.
In the “American Diabetes Association Experience,” participants can learn about local programs and events, advocacy activities, and research being conducted in our community. Pick up a free issue of Diabetes Forecast magazine and informational brochures. Talk with volunteers and find out how to get involved with the American Diabetes Association.
“Diabetes Pathways to Better Health,” sponsored by Novo Nordisk, Inc., suggests activities of things to see and do at the EXPO in order to make the most of the experience. Pathways will include specific speakers and demonstration to visit during the EXPO based on interest such as pre-diabetes, type 1 adult, type 1 youth and type 2 diabetes. These pathways will make navigation through this event easier and will enable participants to engage in activities that specifically pertain to their needs and interests.
"One in three Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes by year 2050. If you or a loved one has diabetes
— or is at high risk of developing diabetes — the Diabetes EXPO provides a fun, relaxed environment to learn more about the prevention and management of diabetes and its serious complications," said Dr. Farha Khan, Endocrinologist, Allina Health, and co-chair of the 2015 EXPO. “The Diabetes EXPO is an event open to the entire community where one can find a wealth of information on the prevention and treatment of diabetes mellitus. Anyone attending the EXPO will also have the opportunity to ask questions of a distinguished panel of health professionals of various specialties and to listen to lectures on different health-related topics.”
Diabetes now affects over 29.1 million people in the United States, an increase of more than 3 million in approximately three years. In addition to the 29.1 million with diabetes, another 86 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes. Among people with diabetes, those who do not know they have the disease decreased from 30 percent to 25 percent over a two-year period. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is critical. Diabetes can be a devastating disease. If it is not properly managed, it can lead to amputations, kidney failure, blindness, heart disease and stroke.
More than 70 exhibitors featuring the latest products, medications, information and services, are participating in the Diabetes EXPO. Sponsors include Novo Nordisk, Novo Nordisk Diabetes Education Program, YMCA, Delta Dental and Lilly Diabetes. MetroTransit will also be providing free transportation on buses and light rail to and from the convention center on the day of the event.
For more information, contact 763-593-5333 x6592, or 1-888-DIABETES (1-888-342-2383) or visit
2015 Diabetes EXPO Schedule of Events
Subject to change
9 a.m. Show Floor Opens
Exhibitors, Free Health Screenings, Ask the Expert and Healthy Kids Area throughout the day
9:45 a.m. “My Diabetes, My Medications, My Choice”
Stephanie Smith, PhD, Ridgeview Medical Center
Sponsored by AstraZeneca
10 a.m. Be inspired by one of Team Novo Nordisk’s elite members from the globally competitive,
all-diabetes sports team of cyclists, tri-athletes and runners
Sponsored by Sanofi
10:15 a.m. “Small Changes You Can Make That Will Make Big Changes To Your Health”
Ellie Peterson, Inspirer and Creator of Meditative Movements
11 a.m. “Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes: Correlation and Treatment Options for Men”
Todd Brandt, MD, Metro Urology
Sponsored by American Medical Systems
11:15 a.m. “How to Ease the Burden of Diabetes Medications”
Lisa Sheldon, PharmD, Park Nicollet
Sponsored by Prime Therapeutics
12 p.m. Dominique Wilkins, Retired Atlanta Hawks NBA Player
Sponsored by Novo Nordisk Inc.
12 p.m. “How to Choose Health Insurance and Medicare Supplements When You Have Diabetes”
Matt Wicklund, Broker with Contego Capital Insurance Group
12:45 p.m. A Patient Ambassador from Regeneron will tell their story of living with diabetic macular edema
Sponsored by Regeneron
1:30 p.m. “Managing Diabetes: The Next Step”
Sponsored by Sanofi
2:50 p.m. Closing Remarks — Main Stage
3 p.m. Show floor closes
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities.
For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.