The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is an organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes. This is done by funding research, raising awareness in the community, educating the public on the disease, and making resources available to those affected by diabetes. Being students of Grand Valley State University, we had the opportunity to collaborate with the West Michigan ADA to improve the lives of those with diabetes on the GVSU’s Allendale campus. To do this, we created a convenient way for those with diabetes to keep track of their carbohydrate intake by creating a guide that provides useful nutritional information. The nutritional facts for five food items from five popular dining locations on campus were intentionally selected to serve the needs of the diabetic population. This guide was successfully distributed on campus, along with being shared with our partners at the ADA and Students with Diabetes club at Grand Valley. Some challenges faced during researching, constructing, and distributing this guide included time restraints, limited market and advertising knowledge, lack of graphic design experience, and limited monetary funds. There are many opportunities to expand the guide in the future, such as adding more information for a larger variety of dining places and food items. In addition, to accommodate for more information being added, an app could be created in place of the guide that would keep all the information updated and organized.
Grieger, Stephanie; Juarez, Crystal; and Micale, Dayle, "Improving the Lives of the Diabetic Community at Grand Valley State University" (2015). Undergraduate Research. 8.