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Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | April 24, 2014

Whether you’re a health nut, fitness fanatic, or thinking about starting healthier habits or an exercise routine, motivation is key. As a health conscious person and an avid exerciser myself, I even have days where I have to motivate and pump myself up to eat healthy, or get my butt to the gym, yoga studio, or on a hike. We all know eating well and regular physical activity can help balance your physical and mental health.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | March 13, 2014

As a college student, Lyndsay Riffe studied nutrition to become a dietitian. She had developed a deep understanding and passion for the human body’s complex relationship with food during her childhood, after she was diagnosed with diabetes at age three. Lyndsay thought the influence of diabetes on her professional life would end there.  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | December 12, 2013

Although I know regular exercise is very beneficial to those with diabetes, it’s always been a struggle for me. Several years ago my Facebook feed was filled with posts about the Couch to 5K program. It felt like everyone I knew was training for a 5K. Something about those posts hooked me, and before I knew it, I was training for a 5K too. My husband Pete and I even signed up for a local 5K race.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | September 17, 2013

Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Brooke Wheeler. Brooke is the mom of an adorable little boy named Carson, who lives with type 1 diabetes. Read their diagnosis story and be sure to check out her website to learn how she is giving back to the diabetes community.  Read More >


Posted By Lane Desborough | September 12, 2013

Recently, some of us from Medtronic Diabetes had the privilege of attending the InsulINdependence North American Conference on Diabetes and Exercise in San Diego. This conference combines two of my greatest passions, diabetes and exercise. Although I went in with high expectations, I was unprepared for what I saw and heard and learned.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | August 22, 2013

Oftentimes the bond between a child with diabetes and their parents can be extremely special and this story is no exception! Meet Jane and Mac, the dynamic mother-son-duo. Mac was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9 and began on a Medtronic insulin pump soon after. He is now an active 12-year-old with two brothers and one sister. He plays football, basketball, golf, and swims. He is also currently getting ready to compete in the World Archery Tournament in St. Louis! Here is his story  Read More >


Posted By Meri Schuhmacher | May 14, 2013

As acting pancreases, we do a lot more thinking than we give ourselves credit for. When it comes to diabetes we make thousands of decisions a day. Many of which come so naturally it's hard to process the true amount of brain capacity it takes to keep the numbers in check. Summer tends to be my big wake up call. A shift in the boys' insulin needs begins, and as such I need to make many more conscious diabetes decisions than normal.  Read More >


Posted By Karen Graffeo | January 8, 2013

I really enjoy the holiday season, but by the time New Year’s rolls around I’m ready to say farewell to the non-stop festivities and get back to a normal routine. As I pack away my Christmas decorations and get my house in order, I think about getting my diabetes management in order too. Sure, I work hard at diabetes all year long, even during the holidays, but I always have room for a little diabetes tune-up.  Read More >


Posted By Naomi Kingery | November 29, 2012

I would like for you to meet Celine Parent. After a diagnosis with diabetes, she saw that her life would take a different path which would one day include becoming a half marathoner and triathlete. Recently, she was selected to run a 10 mile race as a Medtronic Global Hero because of her work in the diabetes community. (This is an awesome accomplishment!) Read her story about the biggest marathon in her life, ten years with diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | February 9, 2012

When I first met Blair Ryan more than a year ago, she and her Insulindependence colleague Peter Nerothin were introducing Amanda and me to a fantastic burrito place in Solano Beach, CA. With the waves of the Pacific crashing behind us, I knew right away I liked this classic SoCal woman with the big smile and contagious enthusiasm for staying fit and helping people with diabetes.  Read More >


Posted By Karrie Hawbaker | June 23, 2011

Today, meet 19-year-old Ross McDonald. Though diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, Ross continues to chase his dream of winning an Olympic Gold Medal. Now a two-time Massachusetts State Champion in the pole vault and a member of the University of Southern California’s track team, Ross credits diabetes for teaching him to face obstacles head-on instead of pushing them aside – a valuable lesson for both on and off the field.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | April 12, 2011

And if you are a global hero, do you happen to run marathons? We’re asking because this week is the deadline for the Medtronic Global Heroes program.It's a pretty neat way to celebrate runners who benefit from medical technology, showing the world that people who live with chronic, life-changing conditions live full and rich lives.  Read More >


Posted By Ali Straub | April 7, 2011

Meet professional golfer and winner of the Golf Channel’s “Big Break” competition, Carling Coffing. From the moment Carling was first diagnosed, she decided that she would never let diabetes get in the way of pursuing her dreams. Today, Carling shares her story.  Read More >


Posted By Dr. Francine Kaufman | March 29, 2011

A lot of patients ask me if it is safe for them to exercise with diabetes, and my answer is yes. As someone whose desk is a treadmill, I firmly believe that being active is important for everyone. Here are some tips for your workout.  Read More >


Posted By Amanda Sheldon | March 1, 2011

Today, meet Michael Findling. He’s one of those guys who keeps the Medtronic marketing department fun. He’s also a 7-year pumper and a lifelong outdoor sports guy. Let’s hear his take on taking on the slopes of Southern California with his insulin pump.  Read More >


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