Your Healthy Home Series
Here's a great way to get the new year off to a happy and healthy start - if you have a child with type 2 diabetes: Your Healthy Home Series (YHHS).
YHHS is a 4-week series of video coaching sessions from Helaine Ciporen. Helaine is a licensed clinical social worker who counsels children and families at NYC's Mount Sinai Hospital, Center for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes.
Even better news - the first 50 people who sign up get it for free!
Your Healthy Home Series consists of 8 interactive emails, each with a short video followed by a questionnaire designed to help families better understand their needs, so that they can make the small changes that will lead to big changes in their health. One of the advantages of this online program is families are right in the environment where they need to make changes - their home - and now they can have the ongoing support and guidance they need.
Although increasing numbers of children are getting type 2 diabetes, due to escalating childhood obesity, there are few educational resources for parents and families. Helaine's coaching program, as well as the educational web site she developed after years in the field, DiabetesFamilies.com, is one of those resources.
Having a child with type 2 diabetes is a different struggle than having a child with type 1 diabetes -- but it's still a struggle for families. Your child has to eat differently and start getting active. And these lifestyle habits that need to change usually need to change for the whole family.
Further, children with type 2 diabetes often get the same associated ills adults do with type 2: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. And if a child gets type 2 diabetes and doesn't manage it, by time they're in their thirties their quality of life is enormously compromised.
If you have a child with type 2 diabetes, check out the program and web site. If you know a family that has a child with diabetes, spread the word.
One can wish, can't one?
Learn for free in January
CDE/pump trainer and author, Gary Scheiner, is offering free online diabetes classes throughout the month of January.
Don't miss this opportunity to relearn carb counting, lose weight on insulin, make better use of your pump or CGM and more. Gary offers 10 different classes to help you brush up on your management.
T1 University's online one hour classes are available to anyone who uses insulin and parents and caregivers.
Pre-registration is required, so take a look, check out this 10 minute sample class and then sign up today.
You'll be glad you did.
Members of the DOC
It's been an amazing two and a half weeks. December 2nd I left New York for the International Diabetes Federation World Congress in Dubai.
More than 15,000 attendees arrived for the conference and I reported its opening on the Huffington Post.
In between running to press briefings I got to hang with a number of fellow diabetes bloggers and do a night on the Dubai-town.
Pictured here are Cherise Shockley of Diabetes Social Media Advocacy, Elizabeth and David Edelman of DiabetesDaily.com and Manny Hernandez of Diabetes Hands Foundation and TuDiabetes.
Here is the Congress in pictures(and captions), thanks to my husband and newly minted press photographer.
It's out the door from Brooklyn to Newark airport to Zurich to Dubai where the International Diabetes Federation is holding its every-other-year Congress. 12,000 plus of the top minds in diabetes will be converging in the part of the world where 1 in 4 people have diabetes.
I'll be there scooping up stories and posting photos at my twitter account. Follow me via http://www.twitter.com/diabetesmyths