UGA experts to offer commentary on Diabetes Awareness Month

October 31, 2011

Mickey Y. Montevideo

Mickey Y. Montevideo

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College of Pharmacy
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Connie Crawley

Connie Crawley

Public Service Associate

College of Family and Consumer SciencesFoods and Nutrition, Department of
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Mark G. Wilson

Mark Wilson

Department Head and Professor

Department of Health Promotion and Behavior
Health Promotion and Behavior, Department ofCollege of Public Health
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Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia experts on diabetes are available to comment on Diabetes Awareness Month, which is recognized in November. Their credentials, along with their contact information, are listed below. Contact UGA News Service at 706/542-8083 or should you need additional assistance.

Connie Crawley, a registered dietitian, serves as a resource person to the public, the media and other professionals in all areas of food and nutrition. Her special expertise is in diabetes and modification of recipes for control of all chronic diseases, and she provides outreach in the areas of diabetes education, eating disorders, low-fat food preparation, prevention of cancer and general foods. She also works with adolescents and adults with eating disorders on a consulting basis. Besides diabetes, her research includes breast and cervical cancer screening in rarely and never screened women.

Connie Crawley, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Senior Public Service Associate and Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist
Department of Food and Nutrition
College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Mark Wilson, head of the health promotion and behavior department in the College of Public Health has participated in a variety of research studies on diabetes. His research interests include work-site health promotion; social marketing of health promotion; creating healthy work organizations and developing and evaluating behavior change interventions. He recently received a grant to test variations of a Diabetes Prevention Program in workplace settings. The $3 million, five-year grant will fund a six-month weight management program aimed at reducing caloric intake and bolstering physical activity. This study, which will be funded by the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases, will utilize three types of intervention - telephone coaching with a supportive manual, group coaching with a supportive manual and the supportive manual alone. With health costs steadily rising during the past 30 years, Wilson said it's going to become increasingly important for employers to identify ways to promote healthier lifestyles as a means of saving money. Two city/county governments - Athens-Clarke County and Columbus-Muscogee County - have agreed to participate in the survey, and Wilson said he is hoping to identify a third local government to work with by the end of 2011.

Mark Wilson
Professor and department head
Health promotion and behavior
College of Public Health



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