HealthEvoices 2016


I was so blessed to attend HealthEVoices 2016 Conference!!   Sorry this post is so late.  I was so busy in May and June with lot’s of speaking engagements and my oldest Son graduating high school.  FUN TIMES!!  I was also sick with pneumonia and asthma. July was filled with vacation!!  I LOVE SUMMER but it got the best of me. I am finally able to take time and write up a post of how wonderful HeathEVoices 2016 was.

Janssen (a Johnson & Johnson company) paid for my trip and all travel and food.. For a company to bring advocates like this together I say hat’s off to Janssen for empowering us as advocates to keep using our voices. I have found only one place that  has a conference where I can come and get a great big dose of KEEP doing what your doing.  Being a advocate is hard hard work and meeting with other advocates knowing what your going through help empower what I am doing!!  I hope this conference goes on and on and on.

The conference teaches me so much of the how to keep going and how to take better care of myself in order to be a great advocate for the cause so dear to my heart.  It was in Chicago and the weather could not have been more perfect!!  70 degrees. The week before it was snowing and in the 30s.

I flew in Thursday and Friday was day one!!  We got to meet with other Diabetes advocates for our 1st ever 2rurth in numbers summit!!  Wow!!  I was amazed how empowering this day was and how I felt so encouraged by other advocates from my own realm.  This was truly a great thing to be apart of.  We talked on deep matters of how to break stigma, how to advocate better and how to build our community.  It was so insightful and I learned so much.

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Sat started the HealthEVoices Conference.  Packed full of great classes.

Compassion fatigue.  We as advocates work very hard but we also can hit walls and get burnt out if we don’t watch it and slack on taking care of ourselves.  I loved this class and reminder to always take care of myself first.  If I don’t I am no good to anyone else.

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I also learned about making videos class by Josh Robbins.  I will be putting all he taught me to use!!  Loved his presentation! I will post his poster as soon as I can get my hands on it.

How to crate cool videos


The Amazing Food!!

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I love this conference!!  Everything about it inspires me to keep going and be all I can be as a advocate.  This years theme was deep rooted connections and I made my share. I feel so blessed for that!!


Healthy Diabetic Recipes

I have gotten many e-mails lately asking me if I could post a few healthy recipes. I can do better then that.  Here is my link to my healthy recipes pinterest board.  It say’s diabetes recipes but it’s for anyone who wants to eat healthier.  It has so many great recipes.


Click here to go to Pinterest Board!!

It’s National Diabetes Awareness Month!!

Jill Knapp Featured on the cover of Health Monitor MagazineIt’s Diabetes month and I am apart of 2 big media Diabetes campaigns. This will for sure keep my month super busy but I feel really blessed.
**Here are all of my Media links:
My You Tube Channel~
Twitter ~
Google Plus~


Jill Knapp Health Ambassador !!

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Happy 10 Year “Diaversary” to me!!

Jill's 10 year Diabetes Annivesary10 years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes!!  It’s my “Diaversary“!!  What is a Diaversary?? In the Diabetapedia which is Wikipedia-type site but for diabetes words it’s says: Diaversary is the anniversary of the day a person was diagnosed with diabetes.  Now many will probably want to know why would you want to celebrate this day? Well, It’s the day my life chanced. I remember standing in the Dr. office frozen after he said what your describing are diabetes symptoms but let’s send you home with a monitor and have you test for a few weeks.  Everything he was saying sounded like a foreign language .  Blood sugar monitor, Test strips, blood glucose, A1c. Anyway, I left feeling overwhelmed.  My hubby being in the medical field kind of knew this may be a possibility and once my numbers started testing in the 300’s I knew I had it.

The first year was hard but I was determined to get to know as much as I could about Type 2 diabetes. I studied up on how diabetics ate and I learned for me eating low carb meals often kept my numbers in check along with the medication Metformin and exercise.  I worked out 5 days a week and really added veggies and a good mix of proteins to my diet.  I ended up losing 100 pounds after a few years and was taken off all medications.  I still have to test 3 times a day and I have kept up with exercise and eating right and still don’t take medication.  I have kept sugar out of my life but when stress is bad I have had times where I have turned to it but then get back on the wagon…

Life has changed so much now I educate others on type 2 diabetes. I public speak on the subject and motivate others to make healthy lifestyle changes.  I speak to newly diagnosed diabetics who have many concerns and help them rid of their fears and get them feeling empowered!!  I love life and being a diabetic has added blessings to my life!!  YEP!! It really has!!  So today I celebrate the 10 yrs I have had diabetes and I celebrate being a diabetic!!  LIFE IS GOOD!!!!


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