New Non Profit Diabetes Resource Site - What do you think?

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monza
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   Posted 10/15/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,

Just wanted to let everyone know about a new resource site, www.DiabetesActNow.org and get your feedback. The site is strictly a non-profit resource to help people with diabetes educate themselves and pro actively manage their diabetes. It features some great videos on diverse topics, recipees, questions and answers, as well as some useful tools. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions! I also included some information about the groups behind the site below. Thanks!

Charles
http://www.diabetesactnow.org/home/
(fixed link)

DiabetesActNow.og said...
The Diabetes Care Coalition was a first-of-its-kind alliance of diverse nonprofit organizations and corporations committed to helping control diabetes and prevent its deadly complications. The Diabetes Care Coalition united, for the first time, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF), later joined by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and National Council of La Raza (NCLR), in a common effort to battle diabetes through innovative public awareness messaging. In 2006, The Advertising Council, working with the Coalition, sought to bring the power of national reach to the Coalition’s public awareness campaign through a phase one launch in 2007. As the Ad Council campaign enters its phase two launch, ADA is pleased to continue to support the campaign with the ongoing participation of AADE and NCLR and thanks all of the past corporate members for their contributions, which continue to fund this important initiative in 2009.

Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 10/16/2009 6:51:47 PM (GMT-6)


Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/16/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Charles,
It's a nice site but I would strongly advise some information be put in large print for the millions who don't have high speed internet and/or computers and would still like to learn. Sites that run with a lot of video tend to exclude those who don't have the super fast connections. A lot of us "more mature" folks have older computers that work just fine on all "print" sites. Since most of the new diabetics are in this category you may want to put some info up for them to click on and read. Just my 2¢.
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Arundinaria
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   Posted 10/16/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I get nothing but 404 errors.  page not found Am I doing something wrong?
rmoon
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LanieG
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   Posted 10/16/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I fixed it so you can just click on it.  Maybe you had copied it wrong?
Lanie
 
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Arundinaria
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lanie I was just kinda stupid and clicked in the wrong place

Ralph
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monza
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   Posted 10/21/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, I really appreciate the feedback, and will be sure to pass it on!

For those that are able to check out the various areas of the site and watch the videos, what do you think of the content?

TVEditor
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   Posted 10/22/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Charles, I'm a video producer by trade.  The site is slick & pretty but I tend to agree with Jeannie when she suggested having a text option.  I have a fast connection and pretty much a super computer but it still took a long time to get to the actual information pieces.  Some of the delay came from waiting for the guy in the tie to stop talking.
 
The content itself is well presented and informative (Editor's note: Citrus oil as a stress reliever? Where can I get citrus oil? ... by the gallon ;) but obviously aimed at a younger crowd.  Maybe that was your intent?  Perhaps a choice could be offered as to how the info is presented based on the age of the viewer?  (ie. Kartoons for Kiddies, Facts for Fifty Plus)
 
If I sign up, will the presenter make his speech about how wonderful the site and each feature is each time I log on? If so, that could get annoying.  Those of us with the disease may be more impatient with regard to getting the information as opposed to being entertained.
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

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bigbillys
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   Posted 10/22/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Charles,

I thought it was a pretty cool site. I've just launched a new site too. You can go put a post under the "Resources" category on my site and maybe it will get you some traffic and improve your SEO. My site is (site temporarily removed by moderator) It is a free classifieds site for diabetes and insulin pump supplies. Please let me know what you think of the site. And please understand I am not permitting insulin pumps to be listed or sold only the supplies. And no prescription drugs. I think the service will be useful to people, especially in this economy.

[I'm checking with the administrator about this link. It falls into a "gray area" in the rules. Please be patient until I can get a reply. The site owner hasn't been well.]

Post Edited By Moderator (Jeannie143) : 10/23/2009 5:18:45 PM (GMT-6)


bigbillys
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   Posted 10/22/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
No, I don't think it's out of order. I'd like to know more of them. I have some listed on my web site if you go to (site temporarily removed by mod - see note above) and then go to insulin pumps category. The ones I have listed are good because they will take the used insulin pumps and I believe they'll make sure they are safe and I think they make sure the recipient has a doc prescription so they can get properly trained. One of the problems I think exists is that some of the nonprofits that take the supplies I think hand them out to needy individuals and I think you have to qualify. If you are a middle class family and you are barely getting by but not considered needy it can be awfully expensive to shell out several hundred dollars for things like infusion sets, strips, meters, etc. I am hoping my site will help some of those folks out.

Post Edited By Moderator (Jeannie143) : 10/23/2009 1:43:34 PM (GMT-6)


monza
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   Posted 10/27/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Chris: Thanks for the professional insight. Every bit of feedback helps! The site is aimed at a educating a broad audience with the goal promoting proactive health choices for those with diabetes.

Anyone else have a chance to check out some of the videos, and if so, were they helpful?

Phishbowl
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   Posted 10/28/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry but, I didn't have the patience to get past tie-guy (I work with a 10 year old computer so it just annoys me that I can't shut him off like say, an embedded video would allow :-). The three top-right header links would be better served as a drop-down lists; I'm afraid I didn't find them to be self-explanatory and don't like opening another tab to find out. I won't sign up to be a member just to (possibly??) get information. There's too much readily available info out there for me to bother contending with slow processing videos and such. Not meaning to sound harsh, just my direct and honest opinion as you've asked.

Chris (TVEditor) & Jeannie's comments pretty well sum it up for me, too. I'm interested in the info. If it's not readily accessible on a home page, I don't usually drill down to find it. Personally, I like frames and embedded links for the ease with which they allow for info searching like you would pages in a book. I use new tabs/windows to open links, so as not to use the back button so often (which redraws the page; starting the slow processing again.. yada, yada) and with a few open, I didn't find there to be much info per page.

To be fair, I've long past the Newbie stage (where I might be looking for basic understanding of Diabetes and some tools to get me started) and the information that interests me at this point, leans more into medical textbooks, technical and research documents.

The site does seem to be directed to a particular audience - it's just not me.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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