AADE OR 2018 Annual Conference Speaker Highlight: Christel Oerum, MBA

Diabetes and Exercise

How can you help your patients balance work, life, family, and fitness? How can you motivate your patients to live a healthy lifestyle? 

What are key nutrition tips for managing blood sugar during exercise? Christel will share expertise gained by personal and professional experience. Since the age of 19, Christel has been learning how to balance her health and fitness with type 1 diabetes. She strives to not let diabetes stop her from living her best life. Christel is an ISSA Personal Trainer and holds an MBA. She built TheFitBlog, a strong online community, after she struggled to find easily accessible information about exercise and healthy nutrition with diabetes online. This was a website where she could share her own advice and invite experts from the diabetes community to contribute. TheFitBlog quickly grew into one of the largest websites about health and diabetes and was re-launched in 2017 as Diabetes Strong, a diabetes portal with expert contributors from all over the world.

After Christel's presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and discuss effective ways to engage people living with diabetes in physical activity. 
  2. Describe the physiology of exercise and diabetes. 
  3. Outline strategies for limiting exercise-induced hypoglycemia.
  4. Complete a recession activity.

About Christel Oerum

Christel Oerum is the Co-Founder and Head Coach of Diabetes Strong. She has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1997 and has always been very determined not to let her diabetes affect her quality of life. She is very passionate about strength training and healthy nutrition.

Christel is the main content creator on Diabetes Strong, an active diabetes advocate, public speaker, and diabetes coach. She holds an MBA in Finance & Strategy and an ISSA Personal Trainer certification with specialization in Fitness and Diabetes (Level 3 certified from the Diabetes Motion Academy). For more information about Christel and DiabetesStrong, please click here

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