List Shines Light on Web’s Most Influential Diabetes Experts & Advocates To Support American Diabetes Month
ATLANTA, November 5, 2013 – With nearly 26 million Americans suffering from diabetes and an estimated 79 million with a high risk for developing it, people need help preventing, managing and living well with the disease. In support of American Diabetes Month this November, Sharecare, the online health and wellness engagement platform founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, today announced its Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Diabetes, a list of the experts and advocates leading online conversations about diabetes:
- Manny Hernandez – Ask Manny
Living with type 1 diabetes, Hernandez founded the diabetes forums TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes, hosts the AskManny blog and serves as president of Diabetes Hands Foundation.
- Kelly L. Close – diaTribe
A longtime diabetes advocate and sufferer of the disease for nearly 25 years, Close is editor-in-chief of the online diabetes newsletter diatribe and president of the diabetes and obesity healthcare information firm Close Concerns, Inc.
- Mike Hoskins – Diabetes Mine
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age five, Hoskins is managing editor of Diabetes Mine, a website for diabetes patients, and serves as a patient advocate in the diabetes community.
- Amy Tenderich – Diabetes Mine
Founder and editor-in-chief of leading diabetes site Diabetes Mine, Tenderich sits on the Journal of Participatory Medicine editorial board and is co-author of Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes.
- Kerri Sparling – Six Until Me
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986, Sparling started Six Until Me to chronicle and share her experience of living with diabetes.
- David Edelman – Diabetes Daily
Edelman is co-founder and president of the online support and education platform Diabetes Daily that features a diabetes magazine, community forums and an original recipe collection.
- Riva Greenberg – The Huffington Post
Greenberg, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 41 years, has written three books on managing the disease, blogs for The Huffington Post Healthy Living and created DiabetesStories.com.
- Kelly Kunik – Diabetesaliciousness
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was eight years old, Kunik founded the blog Diabetesaliciousness with the mission of inspiring diabetes validation through humor, ownership and advocacy.
- Leighann Calentine – D-Mom Blog
Author of Kids First, Diabetes Second and co-founder and principle author of D-Mom Blog, Calentine writes about parenting children who have type 1 diabetes, including sharing her personal experiences with her daughter.
- Diane Kress, R.D., CDE – Diane Kress Blog
Kress, who lives with type 2 diabetes, is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and New York Times bestselling author of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle.
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Methodology: Sharecare Social HealthMakers are among the most influential people in health and wellness on the web, driving conversations on the leading edge of many health topics. They address a wide range of issues within specific topic areas while demonstrating consistent impact across multiple interactive channels—such as Twitter, Facebook, videos and blogs. This impact is measured through a proprietary algorithm based on more than 100 individual metrics developed and powered by WCG, the leading digital marketing and communications agency, quantifying topic relevance, syndication, presence and reach. Earlier Sharecare lists have identified Social HealthMakers in weight loss, infertility, heart disease, fitness, Alzheimer’s disease and more.
Sharecare is a health and wellness social engagement platform that helps people to live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high-quality information from national experts, interactive tools and local healthcare providers. The power behind the site is its groundbreaking and popular, scientifically-based health risk assessment, the RealAge® Test, taken by more than 30 million people since its inception in 1998, and a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of America’s top experts—greatly simplifying the search for health information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice—simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta, GA.
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