Ending Type 2 Diabetes One Exercise, Nutrition, and Gardening Class at a Time

Food Diaries: How to Cultivate Usage and Ownership among Diabetes Prevention Program Participants

In Nutrition Class on July 1, 2010 at 12:09 PM

During the first few DPP batches, food diary usage was poor. Around 60% failed to bring them in on a weekly basis, and when they did, entries were often incomplete.

Elizabeth assumed the difficulty was complex: illiteracy, fear of confronting reality, or a simple lack of context or understanding of the food diaries’ use and benefits.

One day, she decided to go public with the process. When the first woman walked into class, Elizabeth included in her greeting the question, ‘Did you bring your food diary?’ Their answer went on the board next to a number that represented that person’s identity to maintain a basic level of anonymity. This simple change that made food diaries a public rather than private, individual affair, brought participation up to 80% weekly.

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