Facebook Game Helps People with Diabetes Improve Everyday Behaviors
Monday, June 14, 2010
A new game called HealthSeeker(tm) launched today on Facebook(r), with the goal of helping players make specific lifestyle changes that focus on healthy eating. While the benefits of the game are available to anyone, HealthSeeker specifically helps people with diabetes make more informed lifestyle decisions in an innovative way that complements their daily use of social media.
HealthSeeker is an innovative, unique, online experience that combines a supportive social networking environment with important information on managing diabetes. The game utilizes the player's own Facebook friends as sources of inspiration and support on the road to better health.
HealthSeeker is a unique collaboration between diabetes experts and patient advocates who are on the front lines of diabetes care. It was developed by the Diabetes Hands Foundation in collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center, with financial support provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
"With HealthSeeker, we wanted to harness the Facebook phenomenon to help people with diabetes make necessary changes in their daily lives," said Manny Hernandez, president of Diabetes Hands Foundation, who has been living with diabetes since 2002. "I cannot overstate what a source of support, information and inspiration social networking tools like this can be for someone living with a chronic condition like diabetes."
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