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Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism
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Research Article

The Healthy Diabetes Plate Website Teaches Meal Planning Skills

Martha Raidl* and SeAnne Safaii

School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Idaho, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Martha Raidl
Professor, School of Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Idaho, 322 East Front Street
Boise, ID, 83702, USA
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: July 29, 2013; Accepted date: August 21, 2013; Published date: August 26, 2013

Citation: Raidl M, Safaii S (2013) The Healthy Diabetes Plate Website Teaches Meal Planning Skills. J Diabetes Metab 4:284. doi: 10.4172/2155-6156.1000284

Copyright: © 2013 Raidl M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Introduction: The Healthy Diabetes Plate (HDP), a four-lesson peer-reviewed curriculum for individuals with diabetes, helped 85-99% of subjects plan meals correctly and significantly increased their fruit and vegetable intake. It has been used on a limited basis.

Objectives: Convert the HDP curriculum to web pages that contain text, graphics, video clips, and are interactive.

Methods: A three-step process was used to design the website: (1) Conduct a needs assessment; (2) Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team (University faculty members, web designers, editor, videographer, food photographer, dietitians, and students); and (3) Evaluate the Healthy Diabetes Plate website design.

Results: The HDP website (www.extension.uidaho.edu/diabetesplate) is composed of 12 web pages that include: (1) home page, (2) five food groups, (3) planning meals, (4) tips and tricks, and (5) video clips. It uses a visual format that includes 84 photos and video clips which illustrate types of foods to eat, portion sizes, shopping tips and cooking hints.

Conclusions: This website makes the HDP curriculum available to a global audience.

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