Diabetes Ireland, one of Ireland’s consumer health magazines, has won a major international journalism award.
Magazine editor, Sheila O'’Kelly won the 'International Control to Goal Journalism Award' for her article on Olympic multi-medal US swimmer, Gary Hall. He was diagnosed with diabetes in 1999 and was told that his swimming career was over. He describes how with education about diabetes and a good management plan, he continued as a healthy competitive athlete.
Award-winning Editor of Diabetes Ireland, Sheila O’Kelly (centre) with Geraldine Meagan, Managing Director, MedMedia Publications and Kieran O’Leary, Manager of the Diabetes Federation of Ireland
The judging panel said that Sheila’s article would '…improve knowledge and understanding of the benefits of good glycaemic control among the readership, and would play a significant part in increasing awareness of appropriate diabetes management and effective glucose control'.
The judging panel was made up of members of the Global Partnership for Effective Diabetes Management. They were particularly impressed with the article ‘Olympic medallist won’t take no for an answer.’
Diabetes Ireland is produced by MedMedia Publications on behalf of the Diabetes Federation of Ireland. Members of the federation receive copies of the magazine and it is also available on sale at Easons. The MedMedia group is also the publisher of 'Asthma News'.
According to MedMedia Publications Managing Director, Geraldine Meagan, this award shows the importance of targeted health magazines in supporting people with chronic disease to take manage their condition and also giving them a consumer voice. There are some 200,000 people in Ireland with diabetes and the numbers will continue to grow.
Sheila will be presented with her award at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Athens in September. The aims of the Association are to encourage and support research in the field of diabetes.