Media Advisory: The Don Johnson Family Picnic for Nationwide Childrens Hospital patients living with diabetes and their families

September 28, 2013

The Don Johnson Family Picnic for Nationwide Children’s Hospital patients living with diabetes and their families is an afternoon ‘country hoedown’ picnic with food, games, magicians and face painting. The picnic will feature ‘carb counts,’ which are so important to managing diabetes for the food provided at the event, as well as a private location for attendees to check their blood sugars.

Funded by the Don Johnson Memorial Team Bowling Tournament.

WHEN:  Sunday, September 29, 2013, Noon to 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Hickory Lakes, 12495 Ault Road, Pickerington, Ohio 43147

WHO:  More than 160 Nationwide Children’s Hospital diabetes patients and family members.

WHY:  The Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes multidisciplinary team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital cares for all aspects of their patients’ lives, including the normal fun activities of childhood.  The team’s goal is to empower families to successfully manage diabetes at home in order to provide as normal a life as possible for patients living with diabetes.  Physicians, advanced practitioners, diabetes educators, dietitians, social workers, diabetes nurses and a psychologist care for patients with Type 1 (“Juvenile”) diabetes and Type 2 (“Adult”) diabetes as well as less common forms such as inherited monogenic diabetes and MODY diabetes.  


Note to Media Representatives:  Please call cell 614-937-7316 to indicate your interest in attending so that the onsite event contact Mary Larson, R.N., can be notified to meet you.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at