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

Tailoring Programs Is Essential

In About the Program on January 5, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Two recent videos, when combined, illustrate a driving force behind FHCHC’s Diabetes Prevention Program: tailoring. The National Institute of Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a brilliant and successful program. Central to its success, however, is that it is perfect for the population to whom it was originally delivered. Aligned with a long lineage of community health centers that focus on tailoring health care to fit their particular population’s character and constraints, so did FHCHC’s Diabetes Prevention Program adjust the original curriculum to fit the needs of Hispanic families in Fair Haven, Connecticut. Around the same time that FHCHC’s Diabetes Prevention Program was being translated and readied for execution, Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and many other noteworthy titles, delivered a Ted Talk in which he demonstrates the importance of tailoring products to fit the needs of those being served. Watch Gladwell’s Ted Talk here.

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And like FHCHC’s Diabetes Prevention Program, state politicians and health officials on the smallest and most obese republic in the world are implementing a site-specific diabetes prevention strategy to try to reverse the effects of a homogenous western diet on the Pacific island. See ABC News’ video on Nauru here.

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Although diabetes is a disease that is common to most developed and developing nations today, ensuring the success of diabetes-centered health interventions is contingent upon this tailoring principle.

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