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Diabetes Act Now!

November 11, 2009

I was asked to write a post about a great interactive website called Diabetes Act Now! Diabetes Act Now was created by the American Diabetes Association  (one in english and one in spanish) as a part of their ongoing efforts to increase diabetes awareness. The campaign started this month for diabetes awareness month. They are making efforts to help us live with diabetes until a cure found. I love it!

The websites will help raise awareness of the risks of uncontrolled diabetes, to help give adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes a place to get answers, and learn easy actions to help reduce and prevent complications like heart attack and stroke.

When you visit the website a series of statistics about diabetes appear before you are greeted by a physician. To his right (your left) is the option to learn about your numbers and to his left (your right) are easy actions. There are two easy actions. The first is a banner that reads Who’s your health care provider and the second is a banner that reads Type 1 vs Type 2 what’s the difference Both give you definitions of each.

Across the top of the screen are three choices. The first choice is Simple Answers which is three videos that talk about the ABC’s of diabetes (A1c, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol). The doctor reminds you not to forget your goals card located at the bottom of the screen. When you click on the goals card it will take you to a one page printable sheet of medical information (A1c, Blood Pressure, Ldl/Hdl Cholesterol, and number of times a day to test your glucose). One side is your current information and the other side is your goals. Across the bottom is a space for your next appointment and questions to ask your doctor.

The second choice is Easy Actions (my personal favorite part of the whole website) which is a series of 9 videos (Cholesterol, Parking Lot, Salt, Stress, Activity, Pizza Effect, Supermarket Skills, Restaurant Portions, and Expect the Unexpected). At the end of each video you have the option to share, watch the video again or watch the next video. You also have the option to Try It. The try it option takes you to your easy action page and adds a friendly reminder email that will help you stay on track. You have to sign up for a free account but  it only asks you for your name and email address.

The last choice is My Easy Actions which allows you to manage your account (change your email address or password), see your upcoming actions and your completed actions. I’ve signed up for the Stress and Expect the Unexpected Videos.

What I loved the most about the website is how user-friendly and easy it is. All of the videos were no longer than a minute. The animation was cute without being annoying (Fuss sat in my lap and watched them with me).

What I didn’t like about the website is the information is limited. Hopefully the ADA will add more videos so you can implement more easy action steps.

Overall I rate the website a 9 and highly recommend it for any diabetic no matter the age or type of diabetes. It will also be great for T3’s (friends, family and co workers).

Talk about it because Everyone Knows Someone!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 12, 2009 8:30 am

    The ADA put together a really nice site.

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