chapter  18
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Family-Oriented Diabetes Management: Good Nutrition and Portion Control

This activity is designed to support and encourage diabetic patients and their families to communicate more openly about the impact diabetes has on each family member by focusing on one aspect of meal-time decision making, specifically the importance of portion control. In addition, it allows the diabetic family member to share expertise and educate others about the dietary challenges faced on a daily basis. It is intended for families with a diabetic member, but can be modified for a multifamily therapy group; it can also be used with families experiencing other chronic illnesses with specific dietary considerations, such as hypertension, heart disease, or obesity.