Facebook Game Launched to Help Educate Latinos on Diabetes

Did you know that Latinos are twice as likely to have diabetes than our Caucasian counterparts? In fact, around 10 percent of Hispanics (two million of us) are reported to have diabetes.

To mark World Diabetes Day on November 14th, HealthSeeker Explorando tu Salud, Paso a Paso was created. Healthseeker is a Facebook application that aims to help the nearly 10 million Latino who use the social networking site by providing lifestyle and nutritional tips to manage diabetes.

Facebook is the fourth most popular website among Latinos in the United States, making it a perfect venue to reach out to our population and educate us about healthy lifestyle choices. "I am passionate about helping Latinos battle diabetes and its risk factors and am always looking for new ways to motivate my patients," said Dr. Enrique Caballero, endocrinologist, investigator and director, Joslin Latino Diabetes Initiative. "This innovative game has a lot of potential to help people with diabetes make more informed lifestyle decisions."

For more information or to sign up for the free Facebook application visit: www.ExplorandoTuSalud.org.

 

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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