Activities of the Non-Profit


The work of WTRWD is conducted through public seminars and group events during which experiences and techniques for managing T1D and improving health will be explained and demonstrated.  These educational activities and demonstrations will center on cycling-related activities as the means for increased physical activity and the motivation for well-rounded health habits.  The activities will have as their objective educating and inspiring those with T1D to improve their quality of life and overall health by cycling with others in their communities and with T1D.  Through highly participatory events, children and adults will gain the confidence necessary to manage the disease so they can pursue their athletic goals and long-term health objectives exactly as people not afflicted with T1D. Resources of this non-profit will be used to organize and conduct programs throughout the United States.  These activities are be organized and scheduled various types of groups. These groups will include:
  • schools (primary and secondary),
  • diabetes-related organizations,
  • other disease or health-related charities and support organizations,
  • public youth athletic organizations
  • organizations and employers are interested in promoting health among its members.
  • WTRWD will conduct these events in coordination with these organizations at their locations or other nearby public or private facilities.
The objectives of WTRWD events are segmented into two broad categories.  The first category is education and demonstration.  The second category is inspiration and motivation.  WTRWD events are designed and conducted to deliver on both outcomes effectively. The educational and demonstration aspects of the programs will be designed around the following topics.  Cycling events, in both large cities and small towns, will be used to showcase practices for a healthy lifestyle and general wellness.  WTRWD will teach those with T1D how to better manage the disease.  It will also teach children and adults how to get the most out of safely riding bicycles and eating a healthy diet so our national childhood obesity problem can start being reversed and the risk of type 2 diabetes reduced.  Program topics will include:
  • Concerns and practices regarding an active/athletic lifestyle with T1D
    • Advice on seeking clearance and input from physicians
    • Basics of physiology of T1D at rest and during and physical activity
    • Issues relating to managing T1D on daily basis
  • Cycling as the means of physical activity for those with T1D
    • Basics for beginners
    • Safety concepts (bicycle, gear, and traffic laws and courtesy)
    • Etiquette on group rides
  • Day in the life of managing T1D
    • Diet – advice on timing and contents of a healthy diet for someone with T1D
    • Activity – levels of intensity from easy recreation through intense competition
    • Rest – sleep and general recovery
  • Techniques for managing blood sugar levels during exercise
    • Physiological and safety considerations
    • Issues and techniques with different levels and durations of exercise
      • Short and moderate (recreational)
      • Short and intense (training and competition)
      • Long and moderate
      • Long and intense (training and competition)
  • Techniques for managing blood sugar levels after exercise
  • Available technologies and products to support these practices
    • Survey of current and emerging technologies
    • Avoiding commercial endorsements or advocacy
    • Q&A on products and practices
  • Research in the field of T1D and exercise
    • Survey of existing and new theories on diabetes
    • Importance of continuing to support diabetes-related research and charities
  • Awareness
    • Upcoming diabetes charity events
    • Upcoming events promoting physical activity
    • Organizations enabling people to cooperate and participate in group activities
The hands-on group activities will foster the inspiration and motivation aspects of the programs.  These activities will be highly welcoming, inclusive, and an encouraging environment to all participants regardless of age and experience.  Ryan DeWald will use his struggle living with and managing diabetes, while continuing to successfully race bicycles at the highest level, as an inspiration to others with diabetes.  As a community-minded athlete with inspirational speaking skills he, and his small professional cycling team will participate in activities to expand the one-on-one contact and enhance the motivational aspect of the demonstrations and activities.