HealthSeeker’s Mission: A Healthier You—Via Facebook


Seasons greetings! The presents have been unwrapped, and plenty of food has been eaten and beverages drunk. For many, it’s back to work this week, while others are enjoying the week off. Celebrations continue as we ring out 2010 and welcome 2011.

Speaking of a new year, what health goals have you set for yourself? How will you achieve them? What kind of support system do you have in place to make sure you can stay the course? Oh, you haven’t really thought about goals or resolutions yet? I’m sure all that talk about goal setting, especially when you have diabetes, can wear a little thin at times. Diabetes management requires that you literally take matters into your own hands and develop healthy behaviors. For example, making nutritious food choices, going for a walk, checking your blood glucose, and taking medicine are all behaviors that pretty much require YOU to do the actions. Your health-care team can’t do these things for you, nor can your family, spouse, or friends. They can certainly be supportive, but it’s really up to you.

HealthSeeker to the Rescue
If you’re feeling like you need a jump start with your diabetes control, you’re in luck. There’s a new social media game now available in both English and Spanish called HealthSeeker. This isn’t a “game” like Scrabble or Bejeweled. Rather, it’s a tool that can help you get and stay motivated to take action in a number of lifestyle management areas, such as eating more healthfully, being more active, and reducing stress. First, here’s the background of the game:

Here’s how the game works:

Is HealthSeeker for you? You won’t know until you try it. But if you’re in need of some motivation and inspiration, give it a go. You won’t be alone: More than 5000 people have joined the HealthSeeker bandwagon. And if you do start playing, let me know what you think!

  1. Here is the link:!/healthseeker/welcome

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Amy Campbell: Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Amy was formerly a Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures. Amy has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.

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