Canadian Diabetes Association announces cross-country Live Smart Diabetes Expos



    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association is pleased to
announce the 2nd Annual Live Smart Diabetes Expo series in partnership with
its national co-presenting sponsor, Shoppers Drug Mart. Each Expo is a
one-stop shop for diabetes-related information and learning, enabling people
affected by the disease to gain the knowledge necessary to manage their
diabetes.
    While many Canadians have a basic understanding of what diabetes is; few
truly understand the serious nature of the disease. If left untreated, or
improperly managed, diabetes can result in heart disease, blindness, kidney
failure and amputation.
    "Fortunately, a lifelong commitment to good diabetes management can
reduce the risk of associated complications," said Steve Nowak, Vice
President, Fund Development of the Canadian Diabetes Association. "However,
committing to eat well, control your weight, exercise and manage your blood
sugars on a daily basis is not only overwhelming, it's confusing at times.
That's why we're hosting the Live Smart Diabetes Expo."
    The 2nd Annual Live Smart Diabetes Expos will bring together a spectrum
of diabetes information, products, resources and speakers under one roof
making the search for knowledge as easy as possible.
    "We believe that ongoing knowledge is the first step in the lifelong
commitment to good diabetes management," Nowak added. "And we're proud to team
up with Co-presenter Shoppers Drug Mart and our national lead sponsor, Pfizer
Canada Inc., to offer information, experts and products to Canadians living
with diabetes."
    "We are proud to again partner with the Canadian Diabetes Association to
provide exceptional diabetes education through the Live Smart Diabetes Expos.
Offered across Canada, these information forums raise awareness and
understanding of diabetes management and are a logical extension of the
services Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists provide in our stores everyday," said
Virginia Cirocco, Senior Vice President, Pharmacy, Shoppers Drug Mart. "With
over 100 Certified Diabetes Educators across the country, Shoppers Drug Mart
continues to positively influence the health, well being and quality of life
for people affected by diabetes. These educational expos, combined with the
innovative tools and services of our new and enhanced HealthWATCH will make a
positive difference in how Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists can help these
patients better manage their health, for their life."
    "Pfizer Canada is committed to helping Canadians manage their diabetes,
through education, diabetes-related experts, and resources," says John Helou,
Vice-President, Government and Stakeholder Relations, Pfizer Canada. "We are
very proud to partner with the Canadian Diabetes Association and Shoppers Drug
Mart to host the Live Smart Diabetes Expo, thereby offering important care and
support to the many Canadians living with diabetes."
    Anyone affected by diabetes should attend a Live Smart Diabetes Expo.
That includes: people living with diabetes, those at risk along with their
families, friends, caregivers, teachers and employers. Experts from the
diabetes health community will present on topics ranging from making sense of
the food we eat to finding the motivation within to accept the personal
challenge known as diabetes.
    Each Expo will feature workshops where participants can gain information
on topics ranging from nutrition to insulin pumps to stress management and
foot care. Expo attendees will have an opportunity to meet with industry
experts from all sectors of the diabetes industry - consumer products,
retailers, pharmaceutical companies, fitness facilities and related non-profit
organizations to name a few. Through their continued support, these experts
demonstrate an ongoing commitment to improving the lives of those affected by
diabetes and an ongoing commitment to the work of the Canadian Diabetes
Association.
    Following the success of the 2006 Live Smart Diabetes Expos, the Canadian
Diabetes Association made the decision to expand its reach to include 13
cities across the country. The dates and locations run as follows:

    
    -   April 14 - Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
    -   April 21 - Bethany Community Church, St. Catharines, Ontario
    -   April 21 - Saint John Trade and Convention Centre, Saint John,
                   New Brunswick
    -   April 28 - Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario
    -   April 28 - Hampton Inn Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
    -   April 28 - Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Membertou,
                   Nova Scotia
    -   May 5 - Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    -   May 5 - Holiday Inn, Kitchener, Ontario
    -   May 12 - St Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario
    -   May 12 - Calgary Telus Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta
    -   May 12 - London Convention Centre, London, Ontario
    -   May 26 - Broadway Church, Vancouver, British Columbia
    -   May 27 - Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, Ontario
    

    To learn more or to register online visit www.diabetes.ca/expos

    About Our Sponsors

    Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted
names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of full-service
retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in
Québec). With more than 985 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating
in prime locations in each province and two territories, the Company is one of
the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Company also owns and operates 58
Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian retailer of
home health care products and services.

    Pfizer Canada Inc. is the Canadian operation of Pfizer Inc, the world's
leading pharmaceutical company. Pfizer discovers, develops, manufactures and
markets prescription medicines for humans and animals. Pfizer's ongoing
research and development activities focus on a wide range of therapeutic areas
following our guiding aspiration... Working for a healthier world. For more
information, visit www.pfizer.ca.

    About the Canadian Diabetes Association

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works to prevent diabetes and improve
the quality of life for those affected, through research, education, service
and advocacy. The Association's strong network of assistance includes
volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals and partners in 150
communities. For more information call 1-800-BANTING or visit www.diabetes.ca




For further information:

For further information: Whitney Binns, Manager, Media Relations,
Canadian Diabetes Association, (416) 408-7071, whitney.binns@diabetes.ca

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