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Science Café — Living well with diabetes

Science Café — Living well with diabetes

In time for Diabetes Awareness month in November, UFV’s Science Café returns Thurs, Nov 9 from noon to 1:30 pm with a discussion about living well with diabetes.

Come to the UFV Chilliwack library in building A at the Canada Education Park and learn about how diet and exercise can impact diabetes management.

A type-one diabetic for 20 years, UFV alum Janelle Stzuhar will offer her insights on living with the disease at an upcoming Science Café.

The third edition of the Science Café features two knowledgeable guest speakers. UFV librarian and alumna Janelle Stzuhar (BGS ‘17), a type-1 diabetic for 20 years, will talk about her experiences living with the disease as a woman, a student, and an employee.

“I was diagnosed when I was eight years old, so managing diabetes has been something I’ve done for most of my life. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been difficult,” Stzuhar says. “Having a good mindset can go a long way in managing your health, because diabetes burnout is definitely a thing. Having a support system is also important, and not only doctors and medical teams but your friends and family as well.”

Stzuhar will also speak about using different technologies, including an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor.

“I think the event will be valuable to so many people including those who have diabetes, loved ones who are a part of a support system, and people who don’t know much about it and want to know more,” she says. “When I share with people that I am a diabetic many of them have a story to share about a loved one, so I think this is a topic that a lot of people connect with. I am so interested to hear what the other presenter has to say and maybe even learn something myself.”

UFV professor Dr. Iris Lesser is a featured speaker at the upcoming Science Cafe.

Dr. Iris Lesser joins Stzuhar. She is an associate professor in UFV’s School of Kinesiology whose research focuses on providing more innovative ways for diverse populations to engage in physical activity as a means of improving physical and psychosocial health outcomes.

Science Cafés focus on current events in science and are presented in layperson’s language. Lesser and Stzuhar will speak for 10 minutes each before taking questions, and librarian Martin Warkentin will act as moderator.

Organizers are hoping to add a third speaker to this Science Café, which is free to attend and open to the public. Coffee and cookies will be served.

The Chilliwack library is in building A at the Canada Education Park (45190 Caen Avenue).

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