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Public health student produces TV series on diabetes prevention

LLU doctoral student Ruth Tanyi, RN, MSN, FNP-C, APRN-BC, is pictured at the premiere showing of the first two episodes of �Bad Sugar.�
LLU doctoral student Ruth Tanyi, RN, MSN, FNP-C, APRN-BC, is pictured at the premiere showing of the first two episodes of “Bad Sugar.”
School of Public Health doctoral student Ruth Tanyi, RN, MSN, FNP-C, APRN-BC, is yet to finish her degree in preventive care, but that doesn’t stop her from going about the business of prevention right now.

She has created, produced, and directed an 11-part miniseries on lifestyle interventions and preventing type 2 diabetes and complications from all types of diabetes.

The series, “Bad Sugar,” began October 29, and it airs on Southern California television each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. through January 7 on KHIZ Channel 64. This station goes to almost 2.5 million homes through free airwaves, cable, and satellite.

The show connects viewers to diverse specialists—such as physicians, nutritionists, diabetes educators, and personal trainers—without them having to schedule a consultation with each one. The show’s message is both simple and urgent.

“People need to know that if they embrace lifestyle interventions, they can help prevent type 2 diabetes, or, if they already have it, minimize their suffering, reduce health care costs, and potentially reverse the condition,” Ms. Tanyi says.

Lifestyle interventions can also decrease complications from type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes, and they can reverse pre-diabetes, according to Ms. Tanyi.

The series’ emphasis on lifestyle includes a unique component. As expected, it addresses elements such as nutrition and exercise, but it also focuses on thoughts and spirituality—the mind-body-spirit connection.

In addition to experts, the show features patients who have improved their health through lifestyle changes, rather than simply relying on medication, and are reversing type 2 diabetes.

Seven percent—more than 20 million—of the United States population has diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. About 30 percent of diabetics don’t realize they have the condition. Furthermore, 54 million people in the U.S. are pre-diabetic.

As a nurse practitioner, Ms. Tanyi has seen firsthand the need for the public to learn about managing health. “It’s important for people to know how to help themselves,” she says. “As a health care provider, what I see a lot with my patients is a lack of knowledge. That is really killing people.”

“Bad Sugar” is the first production under the umbrella of Lifestyle and Preventive Care Weekly Television. In the future, Ms. Tanyi plans to create additional documentary series on preventing illness. Upcoming topics will include hypertension, depression, and cancer.

Like “Bad Sugar,” future shows will focus on lifestyle interventions and the mind-body-spirit connection.

Lifestyle and Preventive Care Weekly Television is a forum where Ms. Tanyi can bring together her diverse knowledge and skills. In addition to being a preventive care student, she is a nurse practitioner, a medical journalist who writes and peer-reviews for academic journals, and a health fitness instructor certified by the American College of Sports Medicine.

For more information about “Bad Sugar,” call (909) 495-3559, e-mail info@preventivecareweekly.com, or visit www.preventivecareweekly.com.

By Heather Reifsnyder

TODAY news for Thursday, November 16, 2006