Eat Well Be Well


2018-2019 Diabetes Education Fellows

Diabetes Education Fellows are making a difference in our community. This spring marks the one-year anniversary of Eat Well. Be Well., a diabetes prevention program developed by Sewanee students in coordination with Certified Diabetes Educator Karen Gilson, MD. Our goal is to help community members take control of their health and prevent type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes.

This program has gone through several iterations. It originated from a discussion between Grundy County Health Ambassadors, the Grundy County Health Council, and representatives of the Tennessee Department of Health, all of whom saw a profound need for more diabetes education in our area. Amanda Watters, C’18, spearheaded a CDC diabetes prevention program that was supported by Assistant Director of the Office of Civic Engagement Robin Hille Michaels and Assistant Director of the Office of Medical and Health Programs Cynthia Gray. When Gilson reached out to Gray and Hille Michaels, a new program began.

Gilson’s invigorating enthusiasm and decades of experience kick-started the Eat Well. Be Well. program. Together with Hille Michaels and Gray, Gilson trained the current set of Sewanee Diabetes Education Fellows who are led by Bonner Leader Olivia Whitcomb, C’20. Together, we developed the 4-session Eat Well. Be Well. program. Dr. Gilson leads the first session and offers support for the other three.

Workshops focus on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The first workshop features nutrition education by Asyjia Brown and Lauren Quirk, both Class of 2020. This is followed by an interactive exercise experience with Mesgana Dagnachew, C’20 and MaryGrace Bouldin, C’20. The final session is a healthy cooking class led by Corinne Parrish, C’21 and Kaitlyn Nunley, C’20. Currently we have 13 participants. If you would like to join us for our next program, contact Olivia Whitcomb

Interested in being a Diabetes Education Fellow? Reach out to Assistant Director Cynthia Gray. Applications will open this spring.


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