Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Diabetes Advocates Offer Assistance in Accurate Reporting in the Media

”We want to help get it right,” states diabetes advocacy group

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 (BERKELEY, CA) – Did you know there are more than five different types of diabetes? If your knowledge of diabetes is defined by what you hear and see on the news or in movies then you probably don't.  Diabetes Advocates, a nonprofit program made up of influential members of the diabetes community has launched a media outreach campaign, designed to assist the media on all things diabetes.    

Kelly Kunik, a member of Diabetes Advocates, stated: “Today is Diabetes Alert Day in the US and we are trying to stress to all media sources that more due diligence is required on everyone’s part when reporting on diabetes. We want to help all sources ‘get it right’ but also stress the importance of explaining the differences among ‘all things’ diabetes.” 

Despite the fact that media outlets are reporting on diabetes more than ever, the condition is still widely misrepresented and portrayed as only one disease, when in actuality, diabetes is made up of several different diseases (type 1, type 1.5 LADA, and type 2 being the most predominantly confused). By emailing the organization at media@diabetesadvocates.org, reporters can quickly fact check, get suggestions and have a real-time conversation with the  Diabetes Advocates to ensure the accuracy of their articles. The Diabetes Advocates can also serve as sources for reporters. 

With representation from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Actor’s Equity (AEA) within the organization, the Diabetes Advocates can also serve as information sources to entertainment outlets. Entertainment outlets looking for information on diabetes can email the group as well.

“Our goal is to stop being reactive and start being proactive,” said Kunik. “When a story with incorrect information is published, the damage is done. By making ourselves available to media and entertainment outlets, we are seeking to be part of a solution.”

Diabetes Advocates is a not-for-profit program run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation. The program combines the resources of its members to do activities to better educate the public about all aspects concerning diabetes. For more details, visit: www.diabetesadvocates.org

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Maybe I'm More Than Broken

I stopped at a place called My Fit Foods after several co-workers raved about their food.  They do freshly prepared, packaged meals.  Kind of like frozen entrees with out the frozen part.  They are a bit expensive, but I was curious.  And I know I need to eat better.

What I had forgotten was the near panic I have to fight when I buy a packaged meal.  I have this fear that it won't be enough food.  That I'll still be hungry when I'm done or that I'll need more protein or something.  Then I start thinking that if I do, there is something wrong with me because normal people don't need more.  Even worse is how I will sometimes overeat out of that fear.  Something I've never shared with anyone.  Ever.
Why am I sharing now?  Damned if I know, but I felt like I should.  So there it is.

BTW, the My Fit Foods meal was very tasty, but probably too pricey for me to buy on a regular basis.  Which is sad because it was VERY healthy.  I have health insurance that helps pay for the meds that I need to be healthy, but what do you do when eating healthy is so much more expensive than the alternative that you can't afford it?

But I guess maybe that's a topic for another post.