Upstate News

November 2, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Jerry Mathers, TV’s Beaver Cleaver, to Speak at Diabetes Conference Nov. 20

Jerry Mathers, who portrayed Beaver Cleaver in the 1950s television serial “Leave It to Beaver,” will speak about his struggle with diabetes at a conference on “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” Saturday, Nov. 20 at the OnCenter. The conference is sponsored by the Joslin Center for Diabetes at University Hospital of the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse.

Mathers’ presentation is just one part of the conference, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sessions scheduled throughout the day will cover a variety of issues, including nutrition, exercise, emotional barriers related to diabetes, early detection, weight control and how stress affects the disease.

Conference registration fee is $25 before Nov. 12; $30 before Nov. 20; and $35 at the door. For more information, call 1-800-998-2693.

“There is much individuals can do today to manage their own diabetes,” said conference co-director Jody Kearns, a registered dietician with the Joslin Center. “This conference will provide individuals with information they can use to help prevent complications from diabetes.”

Featured presentations include: Insulin Pumps for Beginners, Special Concerns of Teens and Diabetes, Diabetes and Stress, Ethnic Variations on a Theme, Diabetes in Managed Care, Overcoming Emotional Barriers to Taking Control of Your Diabetes, among others.

In addition to the scheduled sessions, the conference also will feature a health fair with exhibits from various health care organizations.

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