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Diabetes: A Family Matter

Toolkit Activities

Small-Group Activities

Some items listed below may not have attached PDF files or even descriptions. These are not only suggestions, but invitations to our Social Network to get creative and to share your own ideas!

Community Group Presentations

Conversation Maps (PDF)
A Conversation Map is a series of images and metaphors on a 3 feet by 5 feet tabletop display. It serves as a facilitation tool for healthcare professionals to use to engage groups of people in conversations around a healthcare topic such as diabetes, heart health, or obesity.

Culinary Tourism

Dining with Diabetes (PDF)
Dining with Diabetes is based upon a program created at the University of Georgia. It is a cooking school for people with diabetes and their family member. Several states, such as West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, and Tennessee, have adapted this curriculum and it is being used through their Cooperative Extension Agencies.

Family Rituals and Routines

Grocery Store Tours (PDF)
This activity is designed to inform people about ways to make healthy choices when shopping. Many people spend large amounts of money but get little nutritional value for the money spent. Several activities are suggested. Someone who knows about nutrition and diets will be needed to guide this project. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Agent to find ways to offer a grocery store tour program in your community. Maybe a retired dietician lives in your community? Volunteer SUGAR Helpers can also take part in organizing and doing this activity.
Homemaker Clubs (PDF)
This activity has to do with re-thinking some of the things done in the past as homemaker clubs and envisioning new ways that might better fit the current times. Ideas for thinking about ways to form groups that promote healthy lifestyles are suggested. Suggestions for starting a group(s) that focuses on diabetes and its prevention and management are discussed.
SUGAR Plays (PDF)
The three SUGAR Plays offer a different way to provide diabetes education. Instead of using traditional education methods, these plays raise questions about what actually occurs when families in the Appalachian region live with diabetes. As the characters in each of the plays come to life, so do the problems that occur in everyday life. The plays entertain, but they also raise questions and depict many of the everyday concerns linked with diabetes risks and self-management. The plays also highlight the high risks of diabetes in families and provide ways to discuss family and community support for those living with diabetes.