DSMA Connect Series: Connected in Motion
DSMA: What is Connected in Motion? When was it founded?
Jen: Connected in Motion is a network of like-minded individuals, looking to get outside, get active, share experiences, learn from one another and have some fun! CIM activities cater to the wants, needs and interests of the Type 1 diabetes (even if we didn’t know we wanted or needed or were interested in some of the activities before we have tried them!) CIM has given me a new outlook on what it means to have Type 1 diabetes – It’s like a VIP card into a really cool community of exceptional individuals.
Jen: CIM was founded by people with Type 1 diabetes, for people with Type 1 diabetes. Originally focused on the young adults (18-30) community, the organization has expanded and dropped the upper age limit. If you feel like you want to participate in the activities we have going on, we want to meet you, to hang out with you, to get to know you, and to introduce you to some peers you may have otherwise never met. CIM has also run several youth events in partnership with other organizations including Riding on Insulin and the Canadian Diabetes Association. Our main focus, however, remains on adults.
DSMA: What is a Slipstream?
1. the airstream generating reduced air pressure and forward suction directly behind a rapidly moving person with diabetes
2. to ride in the slipstream of a fast-moving person with diabetes
3. the momentum that created Connected in MotionConnected in Motion creates a ‘slipstream’ for people living with diabetes.
Since CIM was founded, a giant gap in both community and T1 education has been filled in Canada. CIM’s programming is far removed from the hospital support groups that seem to be so common. It functions around OUR (the group’s) interests and around experiential, peer-based education.
We learn so much more as a group.
Our big, annual events are called ‘Slipstream’ weekends. The ideas centers around the slipstream that is created as a group of cyclists travel together. When traveling as a group, we can take turns breaking the resistance, breaking trail at the front of the group. As a group, we can travel faster, further and be stronger. It makes the experience of living with T1 easier, more rewarding.
Jen: The first step towards registering for a CIM event is to find out what we have to offer! Connected in Motion events are advertised most prominently through word of mouth, social media and our website. Our facebook page (www.facebook.com/connectedinmotion) is our biggest forum for conversations both about CIM events and about life with diabetes in general.
Registration for CIM events happens online, although we are always willing to help people register via phone or mail!
In November, we honoured World Diabetes Day, CIM hosted a Diabetes-themed Photo Scavenger Hunt. The event was made available for groups to participate in, regardless of what city you live in! Packages were mailed to team ‘captains’ with detailed instructions. Teams had the chance to travel around their own communities taking photos to answer the scavenger hunt clues (For Example: Find the snack that would require the biggest bolus). Photos were uploaded online and shared with the entire Type 1 community! We hope to have teams participate across Canada, the United States and, hey, maybe even the WORLD as we attempt to spread awareness about life with Type 1 diabetes within our communities. (More info at:http://www.facebook.com/events/274532249320662/ Website Page coming soon!)
Jen: Connected in Motion events aren’t just for athletes. They aren’t just for extreme adventurers. They aren’t just for avid outdoorsmen (and women!) Each event that we host, develop and facilitate is borne out of the interests of our communities. The Type 1 community drives the direction of the organization, always keeping us on our toes and our adventures flowing!
2. Nearly every person involved with Connected in Motion has Type 1 diabetes. Our photographer has Type 1. Our Board of Directors have Type 1. Our film maker has Type 1. Our staff have Type 1. We always look to our own community first when trying to fill a need of the organization. There are some talented folks out there! We also have some amazing 5.5ers working with us too! What is a 5.5er (okay, so it might not make a lot of sense to our friends south of the border who use mg/dL instead of mmol/L)? Check it out HERE!
If you would like to learn more about Jen and how to get involved with Connected In Motion, you can listen to the archive episode of DSMA Live with Jen by Downloading the MP3 (~15MB), grab the podcast via iTunes, or by clicking here.