Diabetes Jeopardy Answer #17 for D-Month: He Thought “Exercise was Not Good Enough As Is”…..And Created Insulindependence

Peter Nerothin…..and the answer is who is Peter H. Nerothin.

As a person with diabetes, Peter did not think that just exercising was good enough, he thought only exercising CORRECTLY was good enough and he set off to change the perception and application of physical exercise in the lives of those with diabetes by creating  He has filled his Board and Advisory Board with people who not only are ‘in the know’ but will also take this organization to high heights and incredible reach.

His Insulindependence has rewritten exercising as almost an art form encouraging people that they are not alone and peer support is available through their outreach.  In just a short time, this non-profit organization that Peter created, has burst into the diabetes community as that strongest kick at the end of a marathon.  Thousands and thousands of people have benefitted from Peter’s efforts.

From his website, here is an inside look at Peter Nerothin’s bio:
Peter Nerothin is the President and Founder of Insulindependence, and the visionary behind Insulindependence’s unique and innovative program development. Peter graduated with a B.A. in Financial Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) one year after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Intrigued by the process of learning as it applied to diabetes management, he spent the next six years exploring various models of education as he continued to develop the philosophical basis and institutional framework for Insulindependence. Peter has worked in traditional education as an Americorps Volunteer (Minneapolis, 2002-03) and Teach for America Corps Member (Phoenix, 2007); studied in higher education (Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota, 2004-06); and received formal training and certifications in outdoor leadership (Wilderness Inquiry; National Outdoor Leadership School, 2006-07). These experiences, along with his accomplishments as a world explorer and ultra endurance athlete (formally recognized by the Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association, 2005), have shaped Insulindependence’s experiential learning programs since the organization was founded in 2005. Peter continues to spearhead community program development based on Educational Philosopher John Dewey’s assertion that “education is essentially a social process.” He looks forward to pursuing his Ph.D. and bringing public awareness to the field of Experiential Diabetes Education, which was developed by Insulindependence as a complement to traditional healthcare. Peter currently lives in San Diego, California.

For Diabetes Awareness Month:
This month, I will be highlighting someone in the diabetes community.  They may be people you know, or might not know, but they give of themselves to make this world, our world, with diabetes a special place.   I will not get to everyone this month, but it is my hope that perhaps you can be introduced to some of those you may not know.

I’m certainly not the definitive on who should be included….you are.  If you think I should include someone, shoot me an email at and I will do what I can to include that person as well.  Welcome to diabetes awareness month.

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