It’s been a little over two months since we announced HealthSeeker, our new Facebook game (http://HealthSeekerGame.org). Many of you have been playing the game and some have provided great feedback about the game: the features that would be useful to you and suggestions to improve the content in the missions and actions. Thanks so much for the great suggestions and feedback!!
Today, I want to give you an update on these two fronts:
- Features (reminders and invitations): since we all get busy, we realized some of the players may forget to come back to HealthSeeker and mark their healthy actions or their missions as completed and choose new ones to keep moving to healthier and higher levels in the game. So we've made it easy for you to be reminded via email. Here's how:
- Go to HealthSeeker, and click on the Help button
- You will be presented with a series of options. Click on the Email Reminder Settings link.
- Enter the email address you want to receive reminders at and how often you want to get reminded (your email will not be used for anything else besides reminders related to the game with the frequency you choose).
Also, we've made it possible for you to invite people to play the game and for you to challenge your Facebook friends to an action on the game through their Facebook wall. We used to only make it possible for you to send these invitations through their Facebook Inbox, but since we all seem to suffer from Inbox clutter, we now give you the option to let others know about the game in a different way that is more likely to catch their attention.
- Content (Missions and Actions): We took the comments about some of the missions and actions and have reworked nearly half of the missions (almost all the ones related to food): Roughin’ It: The Fiber Mission; Groovy Grains! The Whole Grain Mission; Over the Rainbow: The Fruits and Veggies Mission; The Phat Mission!; What the Fiber?; A Dash’ll Do Ya: The Sodium Mission; and Carbs Count!
In reworking these missions, we have made sure that the actions be factual and evidence-based. However, as we all know no two people with diabetes are alike, and what may work for one person may not necessarily work for someone else. That means that (even after the updates) some of the missions and action steps in HealthSeeker may not be of interest to you or meet your particular health goals.Regardless of your approach to managing your diabetes each of us with diabetes need to continue to collaborate with our healthcare team to develop and fine-tune a treatment plan (medication, meal planning, physical activity, monitoring) that works best for us.Continue exploring to find out what is best for you. Hopefully HealthSeeker (http://HealthSeekerGame.org) can help you in that endeavor.Once again, thanks for your feedback!