This curriculum trains adults with type 2 diabetes in a simple visual method for planning healthy meals.
Why teach the Healthy Diabetes Plate curriculum?
- 85-99% of people with type 2 diabetes planned meals correctly after taking this class.
- The Healthy Diabetes Plate method is easy, effective, and a great way to plan meals for the whole family.
- It's based on regular foods from all five food groups, not on special "diabetic" foods.
- People using the method can stick to their diets even when eating out.
What is the Healthy Diabetes Plate?
A meal-planning method that makes it easy to visualize portion sizes and choose healthy foods from five food groups (non-starchy vegetables, lean protein, starch, fruit, milk/yogurt).
What the curriculum contains
Four 1- to 1 1/2-hour lessons come with PowerPoint presentations, class activities, handouts, evaluation tools, background information, and optional social media activities.
Lesson 1. Identifying the signs and symptoms of diabetes and introducing the Healthy Diabetes Plate meal-planning method
Lesson 2. Meal planning using Healthy Diabetes Plate food groups and portions sizes
Lesson 3. Meal planning with foods from the supermarket
Lesson 4. Preparing meals and eating out
Who should teach the Healthy Diabetes Plate
The curriculum is suitable for use in hospitals, clinics, retirement facilities, Cooperative Extension offices, and other informal adult-education settings.
Who can benefit from using the Healthy Diabetes Plate Method?
The curriculum is mainly for adults who have type 2 diabetes and those who plan their meals.
Martha Raidl, PhD, RD, professor of food and nutrition and Extension specialist at the University of Idaho, has more than 40 years of experience as a nutrition educator in health care, military, food processing, and educational settings. A registered dietitian, she has won numerous awards for her teaching and research, including the national Program Excellence through Research Award from the National Extension Association for Family & Consumer Sciences for the first edition of the Healthy Diabetes Plate.
SeAnne Safaii-Waite, PhD, RDN, LD, associate professor of food and nutrition at the University of Idaho, has been providing nutrition and diabetes education for more than 20 years as an author, columnist, speaker, and university professor. Named Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in 2014 by the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she was also awarded the University of Idaho Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award in 2015.