As you know, I've been trolling through the copious creative designs we received in this year's DiabetesMine Design Challenge, and today I'd like to take a moment to highlight those focusing on mentoring or community-based games to teach people about improving their diabetes management.

This issue is near and dear to my heart, 'cause that's what the online community of blogs and social networks provides for me personally — minus the gaming aspect, for the most part.

 

Mentoring programs:

Innovation 2015

Care Partner Program

- "family & friends are a huge untapped resource" -

 

A Little Help from Your Friends

- a (somewhat melancholy) look at how a personal supporter or "cheerleader" can help -

 

Games:

Sugar Remedi

- a board game for learning and knowledge exchange -

 

Learn Diabetes

-  iPhone-based educational game & management system -

 

GlyMetrix

- online quiz game that isn't "in-your-face" about diabetes -

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glymetrix-game-diabetes

 

... And my personal favorite, not so much a learning program as a "game" to give us patients that extra little kick in the pants to work harder:

 

Sugar Wager

- a bank-account-based incentive system: work and earn! -

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sugar-wager

This concept seems ideal for teens, no? Although even at my age, I think I'd be pretty excited about earning cold, hard cash for all the little things I do every day to manage my diabetes. What about you?

Does a "buddy system" sound appealing, or more like an intrusion into your personal space? And can games like those proposed make any kind of lasting impact on a PWDs well-being? I wonder...

 

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