The Joslin CarbChallenge is an online, interactive activity that gives people with diabetes the opportunity to test their knowledge of the carbohydrate content in a variety of foods.
Players are shown 10 food items in succession, and must evaluate the level of carbohydrates in each selection.
According to Catherine Weinger, Ph.D., the director of Joslin’s Center for Innovation in Diabetes Education, the program was developed over the course of a year with patients using food models. “We found that many patients with diabetes, particularly those with type 2 diabetes, did not have a solid grasp of which individual foods had a high or low carb content.”
The Joslin CarbChallenge was developed to address that problem, as an interactive game to give patients a fun way to learn the carb counting skills.
The game that was first tested by patients and family members in the Gross Foundation Patient Learning Center in the Joslin Clinic. It is now available to anyone on the Internet.
Players are given a summary of their results, and they receive ‘teaching tips’ for each of the 10 foods items in each round of the game.
“It’s a great way for patients to test how much they know about the food they are eating. We recommend that anyone who takes the CarbChallenge take the time to look at their score and the teaching tips; it’s a great way to receive some basic education on carbohydrates,” says Weinger.
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