If you or a loved one was suddenly diagnosed with diabetes, where would you turn for information?
Fortunately, Tucsonian Paul Tracey, along with famous illustrator and co-founder of Push Pin Studios Seymour Chwast, created Learning About Diabetes, a non-profit charity that provides easy-to-understand information about diabetes care, in English and Spanish.
Paul, a retired advertising agency president who has found his next calling in life, has cleverly integrated Seymour’s art into his instructional materials to more universally communicate crucial information. While diabetes can be very effectively managed, combining the right information with a strong sense of vigilance can literally save someone’s life.
The Learning About Diabetes website is divided into information for consumers and information for healthcare providers. Each section offers important resources, as well as “stressbuster cartoons,” where Paul has relied on the graphic talents of visual art student Steve Yurko to provide some diabetes-themed whimsy to an otherwise serious topic.
Consumers and providers can download a plethora of instructional and informative materials about many facets of diabetes care, including blood sugar, diet, exercise, finances and more. The site also includes informative videos and public service announcements.
Current estimates suggest one in three Americans will get diabetes, which translates to one American developing diabetes every 23 seconds. How long has it taken you to read this article? How many more people developed diabetes while you were reading?
For communities throughout the nation, including ours, diabetes is a public health crisis we can’t afford to ignore. We learned that all funding for Learning About Diabetes comes from donations. To help support Paul’s important work, our president, Mike Hannley, presented a $2,500 donation to the organization.
To learn more about how you can help, visit learningaboutdiabetes.org.
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