Thursday, November 15, 2012

Diabetes: A paws-itively great lesson on health

Diabetes and Dogs make for an incredible class.
This week we had two special guests visit our students in 2nd-6th grade! 

The first was Mrs. Reeves, a mother at my school and a diabetic herself. She read this book with our students:

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The Great Katie Kate Discusses Diabetes by M. Maitland DeLand 

The class then discussed what they knew about diabetes and she explained what it meant to live with diabetes. It was so interesting to hear our students discuss this matter. Many of them shared they believed you got diabetes from eating too much candy and that it meant if you had it you couldn't ever have cake or sugar again. She discussed myths (that it is contagious) and explained how they tracked carbs not sugar.

Next Ann Walling, Owner and Trainer of the Diabetic Alert Dog program Borderland explained to our kids how she trains dogs to help alert a diabetic when their sugars are too low or high. She demonstrated the training process, explained the science behind it, and then demonstrated what an alert looks like. What was so interesting was that during the demonstration wonder dog Minnie alerted to Mrs. Reeves to check her blood sugar levels. When Mrs. Reeves did, sure enough she was low!

I loved this new spin on our health lesson on diabetes and health. It was a great way to get parents, stakeholders, and the kids involved.

Our librarian just got this book in so students can continue to learn more about diabetes:

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Even Superheroes Get Diabetes (Insulin Comics) by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and Micah Chambers-Goldberg (May 1, 2007)

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