Q&A | Joslin Publications for People with Diabetes
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
“Joslin Publications has, in my view, two responsibilities,” says Susan Sjostrom, Joslin’s Director of Healthcare Services and Publications. “The first is to attempt to meet the perceived needs of the diabetes community by proactively developing and publishing publications, web content and other materials that meet those needs. For these publications, I rely on the dedication and commitment of my colleagues who generously provide the vision and clinical content, even though this is never their ‘real’ job.”
“The second responsibility,” Sjostrom says, “is to be the publishing arm of Healthcare Services to help produce the materials that are part of the programs we develop and deliver through our contracts with outside institutional and industry partners. We provide timely, accurate information about diabetes and related conditions to healthcare professionals and to the people they care for, whether they be diabetes patients or people with pre-diabetes or their families.”
“If they know about Joslin, they will know that the content we produce is accurate and reliable,” says Sjostrom, who recently answered five questions about popular Joslin offerings.
What’s your most popular book for people with diabetes?
Our foundation book is What You Need to Know about Diabetes. It’s updated every time we print it, and we print it five or six times a year. So it’s always current with regard to medications and treatment options. It covers both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and it’s great both for those who are newly diagnosed and for those who need a resource to refresh and update their knowledge and remind them why they need to pay a little more attention to their diabetes. Also extremely popular is Staying Healthy with Diabetes – Nutrition and Meal Planning, by Amy Campbell, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. and many others from Joslin.
Do you see steady demand for the Joslin cookbooks?
Yes. Joslin Cooks!, which contains favorite dishes from many of the staff here in Boston and from our Affiliates , is our newest one. Like our earlier cookbooks, it combines healthy recipes with lots of nutrition and food information. The Joslin Diabetes Quick and Easy Cookbook and Joslin Diabetes Healthy Carbohydrate Cookbook also remain very popular. Good recipes don’t change too much!
What’s your latest book?
Earlier this year we published Joslin’s Guide to Managing Childhood Diabetes, an excellent resource that was funded by the Youkilis Foundation. This book is an important one and a much needed – and welcomed— resource for parents of children with diabetes.
And a book on pregnancy is coming soon?
We have a series called Staying Healthy with Diabetes, and the fourth and latest in the series will be Planning & Managing Your Pregnancy, which will be out around September. It’s written by Suzanne Ghiloni, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E. and edited/reviewed by Florence Brown, M.D., Director of the Joslin-Beth Israel Deaconess Pregnancy Program.
Then there’s the new game….
Yes, HealthSeeker, our new game on Facebook, is doing very well. It’s free and its goal is to help players make specific lifestyle changes focusing on healthy eating and physical activity. We created it with the Diabetes Hands Foundation and Ayogo Games, with financial support from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. The game has only been out since the middle of June and already we have a great many users. We’re working on a second version, which will update the English version and add a Spanish version that will not just translate the material but ensure that it is culturally appropriate and relevant. That’s extremely exciting!
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