Can Stories Help Kids Prevent Diabetes?


Nationwide ( — As a kid, Ike Austin remember’s a cartoon called Popeye the Sailer Man. The cartoon motivated him and his siblings to eat as much spinach as possible so they could gain superhuman strength like Popeye he recalls. This old story telling concept may provide a clue on how to combat the rapid rise of diabetes in our youth.

Can children’s stories like his new Run Tippy Run – Adventure Series help to reverse the diabetes upward trend? Stories are an effective method of learning and possess the ability to influence young minds. The solution to diabetes prevention may be found in children books.

The Problem – Statistically Speaking

Latest research confirms children with diabetes are rising in every age group. In the United States, a 20% increase in newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes is expected by the year 2020, or five thousand new diabetics per day if present trends continue. Type 2 diabetics are expected to reach one million per year; currently at 30 million; 5 million new cases since 2010. Parents… something needs to be done to stop this absurd rising trend!

Story-Telling Approach vs Citing Statistics?

Research suggests the story of one needy individual motivates charitable donors more than statistics about millions of sufferers.

Seed – Psychology of Stories

“Narratives tap into fundamentals of the human soul, they have the ability to resonate and change the way we act.”

Furthermore, simplistic images integrated with sup-porting text also help young readers to focus on the message vs. distracting character illustrations used in some books. So, the use of simplistic cartoon characters i.e. Tippy and g-One, is more useful when dealing with the more complicated narrative subject content.

Using carefully designed graphics, we attempt to induce young readers to question their food choices & food sources, choose organics over aesthetics.

Diabetes and Awareness

TV commercials are the medium that is most commonly used to help spread diabetes coast to coast by encouraging overeating and wrong food choices. Diabetes Awareness is 24-7 for all of us. Children’s stories are a starting point to help prevent diabetes in kids, Diabetes 4 Health Basics.

Solution – Adventure Stories

Good stories can mold young minds. Good stories can cultivate healthy young critical-thinking minds. Between the ages of 1-10 years old a child’s personality is being cast in stone. During this period, your child is being bombarded with 100,000 short stories via TV commercials. Good books are a countermeasure to relentless bombardment of TV commercials.

About the Author
In 2010, Ike had a brief scare with Type-1 diabetes. Afterward, this medical episode led him to conduct extensive research on the rise of the disease in our youth. Conclusive studies confirm a direct relationship between excessive sitting, HFCS, white sugar, fast foods, hormone-injected cow’s milk, lack of awareness, and the importance of a leafy green intake of organic foods.

Ike is on a mission to provide a counter solution by focusing on the root source of prevention… young kids!

Ike is an Instructional Designer ISD, eLearning Developer by profession – with 30 years in corporate. The role of an ISD is to precisely define gaps or problems. Once “gaps” are defined, then methods are designed to close the gaps. In this case the:

* problem is diabetes
* the goal is to prevent diabetes
* the method of treatment is short stories

Get Started

There are two short children books called Run Tippy Run – Adventure Series. The books introduce children to the importance of a green diet and organic gardening. By graphically illustrating a direct link to food and health, stories will induce kids to question their food choices & food sources, and make them “aware of the situation” at an earlier age.

Both books are available for FREE and are formatted for all eBook devices, Kindle, iBook, PDF etc.

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