'Diabetes: Living My Best Life'™ is selected for presentation at the 3rd Translating Research into Practice Conference

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Type 2 Diabetes is a growing health problem for African American women. 'Diabetes: Living My Best Life'™, an interactive self-paced CD-ROM program for African American women with type 2 Diabetes, has been developed to help women address their self-management needs.

care and educational needs of African American women with type 2 diabetes.

HealthMark staff members Susan Brink, DrPH, Janet Brown, MA and Marguerite Beckley will be discussing the social cognitive theory application to this multimedia educational product during the TRIP conference poster sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18-19, in Washington D.C.

About "Diabetes: Living My Best Life:"

"Diabetes: Living My Best Life" uses the tradition of African-American storytelling to engage users in diabetes education and self-management planning. Role model stories provide a framework for understanding the challenges to real life self-management of blood sugar, food and nutrition, exercise, and medical care. Accompanying each story is in-depth content and interactive tools for skill practice in reading food labels, controlling portions, monitoring blood sugar, overcoming barriers, and other essential tasks related to self-management. The importance of social support and cultural context for African-American women suggests that the social cognitive approach taken with this product may be effective in assisting women in self-managing their disease. The product attracts and maintains the user's attention through a colorful interface and video of African-American women as role models reflecting, coping, taking action, and succeeding in managing their type 2 diabetes. Computer simulations and learning activities enhance retention and encourage application through skill rehearsal and self-testing. Role model testimonials motivate and encourage goal setting and development of self-management skills.

About the TRIP conference:

Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Conference will highlight two challenging areas for TRIP: obesity and health disparities reduction. In addition, the conference will continue to provide an opportunity to share innovative TRIP research and implementation methods, case studies and other experiences. The conference is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

About HealthMark Multimedia:

HealthMark Multimedia, LLC, a certified woman-owned business, combines graphics, audio, video and text to develop award-winning interactive, user-friendly software and Web sites for:

  • patient treatment and self-care decisions
  • continuing education for health care professionals
  • disease prevention and health promotion materials for parents and children

HealthMark Multimedia uses an established network of medical experts, as well as patients and lay caregivers to review and test products for accuracy, relevance, and usefulness.

The interactive tools developed for cancercaregiving.com are available for licensing by health care organizations and those addressing the needs of caregivers.

For further information about the company, its products and licensing opportunities, contact HealthMark Multimedia: 1828 L Street, NW, #250, Washington, DC 20036; Telephone: 202-265-0033; Fax: 202-448-6188. HealthMark Multimedia's home page can be found at http://www.HealthMarkMultimedia.com.

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