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Healthseeker: Diabetes Education on Facebook

Posted: November 30, 2010

Facebook just become a lot more educational! A new, interactive game is providing a way for people to learn about diabetes through hands-on challenges and socializing with other gamers.

The game, "HealthSeeker," is a fun way to learn about healthy eating and living, created by the Diabetes Hands Foundation in collaboration with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Boehringer Ingelheim. This program is designed to help people make life-style changes by taking managable steps through the participation of the Facebook challenge.

HealthSeeker focuses on educating participants on four aspects of nutritional health:

Promoting healthy eating and good nutrition

Assisting in improving or maintaining diabetic (glycemic) control

Promoting acheivement and maintenance of a healthy weight

Promoting heart health and reducing the risk of heart disease

These ideas are incorporated into ten or so missions that participants complete in order to earn points and move up levels. A mission focuses on a specific aspect of healthy living, such as limiting sodium intake, varying fruits and vegetables, eating a low fat diet, and learning about portion control.

"A Dash'll Do Ya", for example, is the mission that focuses on limiting sodium. The participant must pick 3 tasks from the list to complete within the week, such as choosing to eat a non-processed snack, or going to a health professional in order to get an up-to-date blood pressure reading. What's the incentive? By completing tasks, participants can earn points, increase levels, and gain access to other cool resources that share healthy living secrets and tips.

"HealthSeeker" is a fresh, new approach to diabetes education. Tech-savvy participants will appreciate the fun challenges, health tips and social support system provided through the program. Let the games begin!

http://apps.facebook.com/healthseeker/#!/healthseeker/welcome