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Today, the final day of National Diabetes Month, the Sweet Life Diabetes Community got the exciting news that their Healthy Food Guide will be printed and distributed to underserved schools.


South Africa (30 November 2021) – The Sweet Life Diabetes Community, South Africa’s largest online diabetes community, is delighted to share that – thanks to a generous printing sponsorship from Lilly South Africa – they will be able to print 100,000 copies of their Healthy Food Guide to distribute to underserved schools in South Africa in January 2022.

The 100,000 copies will be distributed to 500 non-fee-paying schools throughout South Africa. Each school will receive 200 copies to share amongst the grades.

The Healthy Food Guide offers a simple, illustrated guide to which foods to choose and in what portions, using the plate model as a guide. It’s not only for diabetes but also a guide for how to eat healthy with high blood pressure, cholesterol, or if you want to lose weight – essentially just a reference book for making healthy food choices.

Sweet Life created the first version of the Healthy Food Guide a year ago and sent out 15,000 copies (for free) to public clinics, dieticians and hospitals around the country. They gathered feedback, worked on it with a behavioural scientist, and had it assessed by the National Department of Health Nutrition Department. This revised version is the result.

You can access a copy for yourself here.

“The joy of this approach is that, while we’re also sharing copies of the Healthy Food Guide through public clinic dieticians nationwide, we’re able to reach children and help them to recognise which food choices contribute to greater health. We all know that parents listen to their children in a different way to how they listen to healthcare professionals, so our hope is that this is one small step towards building a healthier South Africa – now and in the future.”

Find out more about how to live a healthy, happy life with diabetes at

Sources: Sweet Life
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