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Diabetes Open Hours

Diabetes Canada Webinars

The webinars listed below are intended for people living with diabetes and diabetes caregivers. 

Diabetes Open Hours

If you are living with diabetes, you're not alone - it affects millions of Canadians. But it's a complex condition that impacts everyone a bit differently.

Do you have questions about managing your diabetes? Diabetes Canada is proud to offer a new initiative specifically for inquiring minds! Diabetes Open Hours is a live, registration-based, virtual series with an ‘ask anything’ feel for people with diabetes to connect with an ‘expert’ guest in a Q&A style session, asking diabetes related questions based on a particular theme or topic. Each session is one hour in length and there is a new expert and a new topic bi-monthly.

Surviving the Holidays with Diabetes

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Time: 12-1 p.m. ET

The Holidays are full of events, get-togethers with friends and family and of course lots of food and drink! This can be tricky to manage while living with diabetes. Join the wonderful nurse, CDE duo Gail MacNeill and Shelley Jones to get all your questions answered on managing food, drink, travel, stress, staying active and even taking a ‘diabetes holiday’.

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Gail MacNeill, BScN, RN, MEd, CDE & Shelley Jones, BScN, RN, CDE Gail is a clinical nurse specialist and a certified diabetes educator with over 30 years of experience in a variety of clinical and educational settings. She is a passionate advocate for the highest quality of education and support for all people with diabetes and all healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care. Her publications and research interests focus on innovative care delivery methods and novel educational models. Gail has served on the past two Clinical Practice Guidelines committees (2013, 2018) and has been honoured with several awards, including educator of the year and the Charles H. Best award. She is an active volunteer with Diabetes Canada and is a past co-chair of the Diabetes Canada national conference. Gail currently works as an education consultant.

Shelley has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years and a Certified Diabetes Educator, with more than 20 years working and volunteering in the field of Diabetes care and education. On top of many professional accomplishments, Shelley has been an active volunteer with Diabetes Canada at the local, regional and national level having sat on the Diabetes Canada Board of Directors from 2018-2021 and on the Professional Section National Executive as a Director of Quality, Chair-Elect, Co-Chair and Past Co-Chair leading the Healthcare Provider Engagement Sub-Committee. Currently semi-retired and enjoying time in my gardens, camping, golfing, and spending time with my husband, 3 children and their families. Gail and Shelley, together, have graciously and jovially lead Diabetes Canada’s virtual diabetes education classes since their start in 2020. For that we are incredibly grateful.

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These webinars are for educational purposes only. The content discussed in the webinars is not intended to be medical advice and, to the extent that medical advice is required, you should consult with a qualified medical professional. The information discussed in the webinars cannot replace consultations with a qualified health-care professional to meet your individual medical needs.

The views and opinions expressed in these webinars are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Diabetes Canada.

Dealing with a Diabetes Diagnosis

In this session, Dr Dayna Lee-Bagley, PhD, R. Psych will discuss how to deal with your diabetes diagnosis, where to get support and concrete tips for recharging and dealing with burnout in the context of a chronic condition.

Making Technology Work for You

In this episode we talk about the range of technologies that can be used in diabetes management including wearables, glucose monitoring systems and solutions to monitor, manage and enhance your well-being through technology.

Fitness for Everybody 

In this episode we talk about how to get your move on! We discuss what type and how much exercise is recommended along with specific things people living with diabetes need to adjust for.

Nutrition & Diabetes

In this episode, we explore the role that healthy eating plays in diabetes management. Our guest expert will cover a range of topics such as carb counting, glycemic index, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, various dietary patterns, like intermittent fasting and plant-based diets, and eating well on a budget.

Stay in the Range: Know Your Numbers (& ABC's)

In this episode we introduce how to stay in the range. Our guest expert answers all your questions on sugar ups and downs, hemoglobin A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol…otherwise known as your ABCs!

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