Symposium Session: Generational Approach to Healthy Eating for People with Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes

This is not a webinar or course for purchase- this is a module for credit claiming for our 2018 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our symposium, however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 1130, 4040, 5190, 6020

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.3.6, 9.6.1, 9.6.5, 9.6.6

As dietitians, we are likely to see a 42-year-old who has just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as we are a child or teen that has just been diagnosed with type 1 or a 74-year-old whose doctor said she has prediabetes. This presents a challenge to usas we face a cadre of clients from multiple generations.

Much like gender, socioeconomics, and race, our generational affiliation strongly influences how we think, learn, and communicate, and it may affect our food choices. The generations we are most likely to encounter in our diabetes education careers include five generational groups: Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. In addition to individual preferences, each of these generations differs in terms of their preferred learning methods, teaching styles, and overall attitudes toward health and health education.

It is important that dietitians understand the individual generational elements that can impact their diet and overall diabetes care and how can we best approach different generations to achieve our desired educational outcome.

This presentation will cover generational characteristics, the impact of these differences in patient care, and best practices for diet strategies in the pursuit to manage diabetes or prediabetes. Each generation will be introduced via a short video interview.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Identify at least three defining events of each generation that shape characteristics.
  2. List at least four differences in thoughts and views about diet management for people with diabetes.
  3. Describe at least four ways to create bridges across generations to enhance communication and learning.
Course summary
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  • 1.50 CDR
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Toby Smithson, MSNW, RDN, LDN, CDE, is a speaker, writer, consultant dietitian, and person with diabetes based in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She is author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition For Dummies and serves on the advisory board for Diabetic Living magazine.

Toby Smithson reports the following relevant disclosure: she is a consultant to Heartland Foods.
She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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