New Mexico Diabetes Advisory Council

Working to reduce the burden of diabetes on communities in New Mexico.

September 10, 2021 Training: Gestational Diabetes: Addressing the Unique Needs of Pregnant Women

Part 3 of our Diabetes Across the Ages series. We will explore nutritional and physical activity needs as well best practices around care and follow-up in women with GDM. Our presenters will be Suzy Carlin, RN, CDCES and Sonya M. Paiz, MS, RDN, LD, CDCES from UNMH and Geetha Rao, MS, RD, CDCES, CDTC, CPT, CLE from Sweet Success Express.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • List 2 strategies for improving post-partum follow up care for women after delivery.
  • Discuss 2 barriers that may affect positive pregnancy outcomes in women with gestational diabetes.
  • Identify the components of preconception counseling visits for women of childbearing age.
  • List the nutrition goals for pregnancy complicated with diabetes
  • Describe carbohydrate distribution and modifications in meal plan based on blood glucose control
  • Review appropriate weight gain goal during pregnancy
  • Identify benefits and contraindications of exercise during pregnancy

Handouts for Geetha Rao’s presentation: GDM Plate, CHO Distribution, Quick and Health Lunch Ideas, GDM Snacking

Meeting Recordings:

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After the break: 

June 4, 2021 Training: Diabetes and Nutrition Across the Ages

When: June 4, 2021, 8:30 -11:30 am

Where: Zoom Meeting

For a full Agenda Click Here

2 CEUs applied for (CME, RD, CHES, CHW)

Cost: Free for members or $20 for non-members

This is part two of our Diabetes Across the Ages Series. Join us to explore nutrition specific to teens and adults with Diabetes. Our speakers will be looking specifically at how to make eating applicable and adaptable to the needs of the population.

Kirsten Bennet PhD, RDN, LD will explore real world eating and practical guidelines for youth with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and Laura McCann MS, RD, LD will review nutritional needs for adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify unique nutrition needs of youth/adolescents to be considered when managing diabetes
  • Outline factors that impact eating behaviors of youth/adolescents
  • Explore ways to support healthy food choices and positive eating behaviors for youth/adolescents managing diabetes
  • Identify evidence-based eating patterns effective for weight management in people with diabetes
  • Discuss benefits of Mediterranean, DASH, Low Carb and Plant-Based eating patterns with patients
  • Gather practical dietary counseling tips to share with people with diabetes

Recording of the Training CLICK HERE

March 5, 2021 Meeting: Diabetes and Youth: Making the Connection

When: March 5, 2021 8:30 am -12:20 pm

For Recording of the meeting CLICK HERE

Join us in exploring diabetes in youth and the special considerations needed when working with them and their families.

Dr. Ponder will discuss messages that need to be heard by all persons newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the roles of proactive and reactive decision making in diabetes self-care, and comparing static versus dynamic diabetes self-management approaches.

Zoe Schlenker will share her family’s experience of raising 4 children, 2 of which were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Louise Laskaratos will discuss diabetes camp as well CGM and pumps in youth. She will explore considerations needed as well as the benefits and barriers to CGMs and Pumps.

December 4, 2020 Meeting: Celebrating the Holidays in a COVID World

When: Friday, December 4, 2020, 2.5 CEUS available for those who attended live

Where: Zoom Meeting, registration required!


Taking the Distress Out of Stress: Coping with the End of the World as We Know It: Explore current stressors and mental health issues that are currently happening due to COVID, how to identify them, and what to do to help your patients and yourself. Presented by Dr. Susan Perry Ph.D. CCMH, CDE, NDPP Master Trainer and Mimi Ludden, MS, MA, LMHC, RYT-500

Everything and the Kitchen Sink: Explore holiday eating tips and health resources. Plus, learn tricks to offering great online food demos while observing the creation of a meal from simple pantry ingredients. This session will be full of practical information for you and your clients. Presented by Cassandra Vanderpool, MS, RDN, LD and Ashley Dunworth, RDN, CDCES

Zoom Recording of entire meeting


Behavioral Health Resource Page

AADE Holiday Toolkit

Considering Other Thanksgiving Activities

Safe Holidays

Quinoa and Black Beans and Tuna Pattie Recipe

Tips for Facilitating Live Virtual Food Demos

Virtual Cooking Demo Checklist

September 11 Meeting: Food and Nutrition in a Changing World

When: September 11, 2020 9:00 am -12:45 pm, 2.75 CEUs applied for, available to those who attended live

Where: Virtual Meeting

What: Join us for a virtual interactive meeting to explore Covid-19 and Diabetes, The state of Food Security in NM, and Extreme Diets: Facts and Risks

COVID-19 & Diabetes Connection: The facts and what you need to know, presented by Lisa Taylor DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, BSN, RN, Assistant Clinical Professor, UNM College of Nursing

The State of Food Security in NM panelist discussion: Robert Eggers, Michael Venticinque, Value Chain Coordinator for New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association, and Shelbie Coriz, Healthy Foods Center Coordinator: Health and Wellness Initiative for Roadrunner Food Bank

Extreme Diets: Facts and Risks, Presented By Jessika Brown RD, LD, CSSD, CEDRD-S, MS, Director of Nutrition at Eating Disorders Treatment Center

Links to recordings:

NMDAC & DPCP Updates: 

COVID-19 & Diabetes Connection: 

Updated COVID-19 One Pager:

The State of Food Security in NM: 

Extreme Diets: Facts and Risks:

December 6 Workshop

Presenter’s PowerPoint

Nutrition Media Literacy and Nutrition Supplements

Cassandra Vanderpool MS, RDN, LD

Report on 2019 Member Survey

Presbyterian Community Health Program

Ashley Dunworth RDN, LD

Lobbying vs. Advocating

Charm Lindblad, MHA, MBA

Food Insecurity

Sherry F. Hooper