Authors and Speakers on Juvenile Diabetes

Laura Plunkett is a columnist for Diabetes Health & and an expert on

She speaks around the country on "The Challenges of Childhood Diabetes: Strategies for Raising Healthy Children and "Raising Wholesome Children in a Fast-Food World."

The Plunkett family has been featured on television and radio as advocates of improving nutrition, increasing exercise and working as a team. Laura and her mother are co-authors of the book, “The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes: Family Strategies for Raising a Healthy Child.” Laura has a BA in Psychology from Brown University and had a thriving private practice for 14 years before writing her first book.

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Linda Weltner wrote the weekly column, "Ever So Humble," in the At Home section of The Boston Globe for 19 years. Her column was carried by newspapers around the country through the New York Times Wire Service. She is the author of two novels for young adults and two collections of her columns. She was awarded the Best Columnist Award by the New England Women's Press Association, and given the Gold Award from National Mature Media Awards 2000 for best feature in a magazine. She has addressed over 300 audiences.

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Jessica Plunkett, 20, was 10 when her brother was diagnosed with diabetes. She attended all hospital information sessions, spent a week at a family diabetes camp, and is Danny's chief babysitter. Her writing has been published on the Diabetes Health web site.