The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic received a 2012 WEGO Health Activist Award nomination for ‘Best In Show’ for his video collection.
This past year Mr. Divabetic took to the streets of New York, NY Philadelphia,PA, Bethesda, MD and Los Angeles, CA to raise awareness of diabetes in a glamorous new way. From New York’s Easter Parade to Bake Bethesa A Pie Contest and the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, he rolled out the red tomato carpet to capture candid comments from real people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals. The goal was to inform, enlighten and inspire people to ‘laugh a little, learn a lot.
“My videos aim to capture the spirit of everyday people living with diabetes. I love to shine the spotlight on people who are striving to live well with diabetes. The ‘man on the street’ format provides a fun atmosphere in which to showcase a person’s ability to find humor in the day to day reality of living with a chronic condition. The humorous approach outshines the ‘gloom and doom’ associated with diabetes,” says Mr. Divabetic.
“I had no idea of the impact of my videos until I attended the Divabetic Club in Philadelphia, PA. At the meeting, I screened several videos and the laughter that ensued was contagious, “ says Mr. Divabetic. “Specifically, the ‘Serve, Taste and Trash! video series sparked a lively discussion between patients and healthcare professionals about healthy eating. I’ve always been a picky eater when it comes to vegetables so I feel it’s important to first let people express their dislikes for certain foods before trying to change their opinions. Since I created these videos, I’ve changed my eating habits. I’ve become a more open-minded eater.“
The Carb Kitty, Diabetes Numerology Game and Diabetes Classic Myth Busters video series make learning about diabetes self-care enjoyable. These upbeat, funny videos also aim to spark interest in people to seek out further information and/or expert advice on nutrition, fitness and self-care.
There’s still such a strong stigma associated with diabetes, I feel that every time a person appears on camera next to me and freely admits that they’re living with diabetes it sends a message loud an clear that diabetes is no longer a death sentence,” says Mr. Divabetic.
Let’s Get Fit! with Mr. Divabetic
Experience Mr. Divabetic’s wellness with a wow programming in Tucson, AZ, Santa Clara, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Savannah, GA and Bethesda, MD in 2013. Get more details at www.divabetic.org