When you think of diabetes, “fabulous” and “fun” aren’t usually the first words that come to mind. However, a new article on SurroundHealth spotlights a brilliant advocate who has focused his career on making those two words the heart and soul for diabetes awareness and behavior change. Max Szadek is the man behind Divabetic®; a program dedicated to creating an environment for women at risk or with diabetes to speak about diabetes related issues and self-care for their diabetes in a unique and empowering atmosphere.
Fueled by the death of his former boss and R&B legend, Luther Vandross and the openness of diva Patti Labelle on being a diabetic, Szadek developed innovative outreach programs and has spread his advocacy throughout many major U.S. cities . Divabetic® not only incorporates fun activities and humor, but also focuses on addressing the person, instead of the disease or problem. From beauty services to diabetes education, the programs within Divabetic® aim to make a lasting impact on those who participate. The women who participate get a chance to not only learn about how to take care of themselves and their diabetes, but also get emotional support as well as a boost in their self-esteem.
Programs like these really put the emphasis on patient-centered care, which is so important for successful outcomes. Working with a team of diabetes educators, Szadek hosts programs such as Divabetic-Makeover Your Diabetes (beauty services + self-care), Hat Boxing (faith-based hat decorating and testimonials), and Diva TalkRadio (free educational podcast), among many others. On the whole, Divabetic® tackles the emotional side of diabetes rather than the popular food/fitness side that most patients may be used to. This program presents a unique and entertaining approach to promoting behavior change, while focusing on the most important aspect—the patient.
This blog has been authored by SurroundHealth Guest Blogger, Samantha Rodriguez.