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Using Social Media to Help Manage Diabetes

If you’re diagnosed with a chronic disease, your doctor can give you the facts, but where can you go for emotional and practical support? On the latest episode of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, Dr. Steven Edelman welcomes Manny Hernendez and David Edelman to discuss their personal experiences and how social networking helped them and others.

Manny, an electrical engineer, started TuDiabetes, a social network that offers support, education, and sharing the steps taken every day to stay healthy while living with this very serious condition. David started Diabetes Daily after experiencing a lack of local support resources for his wife. He created an online community that connects people with diabetes, facilitates education and promotes advocacy.

Tune in for Using Social Media to Help Manage Your Diabetes – Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Or watch it online now!

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Helpings from the Happy Diabetic – Salmon Skewers of Love

This season we’re happy to welcome a new member to the Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) team, Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” who will serve up fun recipes and helpful tips – with an extra helping of happiness!

Chef Lewis joined us on the TCOYD season premiere, “Diabetes Heroes – Urban Miyares,” to offer up some great picnic tips that’ll make your summer a lot more tasty. We also asked him to share one of his favorite fish recipes on the TCOYD blog… so get cooking!

Robert’s Salmon Skewers of Love
Recipe by Chef Robert Lewis The Happy Diabetic
Salmon is truly a fish for all seasons. It can be prepared in so many tasty ways, and this is one of my favorites. Baked or grilled, the light marinade makes this dish unforgettable. It’s easy and quick to prepare, but your friends will think you cooked all day.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients & Methods
2 medium-size fresh salmon filets
2 tablespoon fresh garlic
1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh basil
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 red pepper
1 green peppers
1 red onion
2 large Portobello mushroom cut in ¼’s
4 bamboo skewers

– Skin salmon and cut it into 1-inch pieces if your fishmonger or butcher hasn’t already done the job for you.
– Mix garlic, oil, basil and lemon juice in a bowl. Combine with salmon and refrigerate for 2 hours.
– Place skewers in cold water for 10 minutes before building them. (This will keep them from burning.)
– Cut veggies into 1-inch pieces.
– Alternate peppers, onions, mushrooms, and salmon on skewers.
– Place on a hot grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning often, or place on a baking sheet in a 375- degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

Learn more about Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic here.

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Introducing Chef Robert Lewis, the Happy Diabetic

We’re happy to welcome Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” to the Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) team this season. He’ll be sharing recipes and healthy eating tips on the show and the blog, so we thought we’d let him introduce himself and offer up a little insight into why he is, indeed, the Happy Diabetic. You can learn more about Chef Robert Lewis at Happy Diabetic and watch him on the season premiere of TCOYD!


Growing up in California offered to me a culinary experience I will always cherish. I come from a long line of wonderful cooks. Family food artists and guests in my home were experts in preparing ethnic and traditional dishes, which gave me a love for food and the creative outlet it provided. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1976, my personal and professional cooking journey began.

In 1998 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At that time I was sure my days of good eating were over. What I “heard” in those early days was only the list of food that were prohibited. As I worked through my ups and downs, I came to realize that the selection of foods I could and should eat was vast and included many fabulous favorites, Thus began my motivation to create great tasting dishes that are easy to prepare.

Requests to share tips and recipes resulted in the publication of two cookbooks, Get Happy, Get Healthy, Recipes from the Kitchen of Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic and Simply Desserts. I speak to audiences at hospitals and health fairs across the country delivering a message of hope and encouragement. My recipes celebrate great tasting food that both diabetics and non-diabetics can enjoy.

My wish is that you will have fun as you follow my healthy cooking and eating plan. So…wield your French knife with the confidence of Zorro!

Happy cooking!

Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic

Taking Control of Your Diabetes Season Premiere: Diabetes Heroes – Urban Miyares

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UC San Diego Grabs Aurora Awards for Diabetes and 50th Anniversary Programs!

Congratulations to our UC San Diego-based sister channel, UCSD-TV, for nabbing two Aurora Awards for “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” and “UCSD@50!”

Taking top honors with the Platinum Best of Show Award in the News Magazine/Interview category is the November 2010 edition of “UCSD@50,” UCSD-TV’s year-long magazine program honoring UC San Diego’s 50th anniversary. This memorable installment profiles the campus’ unique built environment and highlights research on fighting antibiotic resistant “superbugs,” a conversation with “Avatar” actor and UCSD alumnus Dileep Rao, and more. All “UCSD@50″ programs are available online and the next installment premieres April 11 on UCTV.

UCSD-TV’s “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” (TCOYD) series was also a big winner, taking home a Gold Award in the Fitness/Health category for its episode on weight management. This long-running series hosted by Dr. Steven Edelman was totally revamped in 2010, making this award especially meaningful.  All TCOYD programs are available online and the 2011 season premieres in June.

The Aurora Awards is a international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. It specifically targets products, programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level, by focusing on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment and corporate sponsored film and video. Entries come from across the US, and abroad.

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