This is a photo of my new friend Risa, who I met at the BlogHer conference, and it’s a shameless plug for both her device and her business, which I think are rad. Risa does personal training, health and wellness coaching, and weight loss management. She also works with a ton of Type 2 patients, but her best friend is a Type 1.
She was one of those non-diabetic people who totally understands the difference between the two from her first-hand experience, which always gives me a little sense of relief. As soon as I told her I had diabetes and she asked “Type 1 or Type 2?” I already knew I was talking to someone who had more information than your average person – most people don’t even ask that question. We talked about how stressful it can be to manage a chronic illness on top of everything else in life, and I asked her how she kept her clients motivated.
She reached down to her waistband and pulled of a little glucose-meter-looking device.
“With this!” she exclaimed. “It’s a little pedometer, shaped like a glucose meter to remind people of the diabetes and exercise connection. I give them a goal number of steps to take each day and this way, they can track their steps and stay motivated to meet their goal.”
I love that her little device helps people make the important link between exercise and diabetes management. Plus, I just think it’s funny to make anything look like a “pretend glucose meter.” Risa’s got the right idea: SHOW people what they need to do and how to do it. When you know better, you do better.