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Seniors Taking Charge of Diabetes!

Producer:The University of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition, and Georgia DHR - Division of Aging Services
Date Produced:December 2005
  • Fact Sheet
  • Game
  • Curriculum
  • Web Site
  • Educational Campaign
  • Older Adults (51+)
  • Low-Literacy
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Food Safety
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Calories
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Diabetes
Description:The curriculum provides 8 lessons on Diabetes. Each lesson includes a script, handouts, and activities for a 15-20 minute lesson. Details for implementation are included.
Cost:No cost; acknowledgement of sponsoring agencies requested.
Ordering Info:Available online.
Web Site:http://livewellagewell.info/study/materials.htm


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material not based on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Although not specifically mentioned, nutrition and physical activity recommendations are compatible with the 2005 DGA and MyPyramid.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The "healthy diabetes plate" described in this curriculum is different from other materials. In this curriculum, one-half of the plate is for starchy foods, while in others such as the Idaho Plate Method, it is one-fourth. Although there is no hard and fast rule, the amount of starch in one's diet is dependent on individual calorie needs, physical activity level, and blood sugar goals and more discussion about the variability of these amounts should be discussed in the course of these lessons.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes reader has considerable background information.

Presenters should have significant experience and expertise with diabetes and older adults.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material mentions appropriate learning activities, questions, projects, and/or suggestions for further action for which the reader can follow through, but does not include them in the materials.

The Diabetes Bingo Game is not included in the main curriculum but can be downloaded from the website.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Material includes five or more of the above.

No evaluation component was included in the materials.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material does not address a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

The presenter should make an effort to incorporate ideas about individual needs and variability in lifestyle. The curriculum does not emphasize this very much and presents some of the material in a somewhat rigid manner. The individual presenter could easily incorporate new ideas and elicit responses from participants to illustrate other options and lifestyle habits that are still compatible with good diabetes self-management.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.
D. Supportive Illustrations
All of the illustrations contribute to the material and are on the same page as their textual references. Tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. All information needed in graphs and tables is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are attractive, and stimulate interest, without being too busy. There is good balance between print and blank space.
F. Visual Quality

Not applicable.
G. Headings/Cueing Devices
Clear headings are provided for each topic area. Cueing devices (shading, boxes, arrows, etc.) are used to direct attention to key points.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Curriculum provides instruction in the basic components of diabetes self-management techniques for the target population. For many participants, this will be the only diabetes instruction they receive and it is presented in a positive and accessible manner.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Presenter will need to be skilled in engaging the participants in interacting with him/her and other participants. The modules are fairly short and are dependent on good class discussion.
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
This is a very good basic diabetes class series for people who have had little instruction in their diabetes prior to taking this class. Older adults with more background or previous diabetes education may require a higher level. Because the material is basic, it could also be built upon to provide more in-depth information.

Reviewer Rating
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