The world contains so much information that no person can learn it all, but each
person can always listen and learn something new. Sometimes we may listen and
learn from others, and sometimes others may listen and learn from us.
It is wise for everyone — with or without diabetes — to listen and learn
about being healthy. No matter how much you know about being healthy there is
always more to learn!
Listening is not the only way to learn. We can also learn by reading and by
watching. It is wise for us to learn in different ways and from different
people. We can learn many things from people who face daily challenges. Here is
a website that encourages kids to learn and think about challenges
People who are hearing or speech challenged can communicate and learn by
using sign language. In the United States, American Sign Language, also known as
ASL, is the third most popular language used. For more information on ASL visit
Those who are blind or visually challenged can learn by using the Braille
system. Braille is a code that blind people can use to read and write. For more
information on Braille see:
Many people who live well with diabetes have learned to listen and are
healthy because of their good ways. People with diabetes often have stories to
share about their struggles for balance in their lives.
We can listen and learn about healthy living from our parents, grandparents,
and other elders. We can ask them what they have learned about healthy living
from their experiences.
We can also listen and learn from our friends, doctors, nurses, and many
others to learn more about diabetes. It is important for us to ask
questions about things we do not understand just like we ask our teachers
questions at school. You can write your questions down and ask a health care
Also, we can learn about diabetes and healthy living from reading good books
and visiting safe Web sites like The Eagle’s Nest.