The Sweet People Club is an all online diabetes prevention and management program that provides easy-to-understand information and real-time access to registered dietitians and nurses. So you can learn when it’s convenient for you and still get personalized attention.
So many people who are diagnosed with prediabetes or type 2 don’t really understand what that means for them. Or worse, they’re scared of finding out because they’ve been told some tall tales or stumbled across incorrect information – which is all too easily done online. Often they’ll believe that once you’re diagnosed with prediabetes it’s only a matter of time before you advance to diabetes itself, or if you have type 2 it’s only a matter of time before you have complications.
And that’s just not the case! Or at least it doesn’t have to be.
You can choose to take no action and ignore it, and your worst fears may come to pass. But you can also choose to take some small actions now and slow down the progression towards diabetes or stay in a safe place if you have type 2. In fact, it may be possible to reverse prediabetes entirely. And it is certainly possible to manage type 2 and avoid complications.
But to do that, you’re gonna need reliable and accurate information, thoughtful planning and management, and a whole lot of support and encouragement. And that’s the true mission of the Sweet People Club – to show people that prediabetes is nothing more than a fork in the road, and for people with type 2, it’s an opportunity to be the healthiest person on the block.
Many talented diabetes care professional as well as people living with high blood sugars comprise the Sweet People Club Team. We continue to add content to cover relevant topics. Here are several of our faculty, but get ready for the alphabet soup that follows our names which merely shows a lot of experience. The main thing to know is we really care and we keep it real. We’re in this for you. Check us out!
Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDCES
As the founder of the Sweet People Club, Theresa is excited to to bring the talents of many together to help you be successful with your diabetes prevention and management goals. It was quite a long journey to build this program for you, which merits her own page! She has recorded over 60 videos between the prediabetes and diabetes Sweet People Club session. Read more about her personal prediabetes story and get to know her better.
Stephanie Bouquet, MS, RD, CSSD, CDCES
Since 1993, Stephanie Bouquet has been a practicing registered dietitian with a focus on weight control, diabetes management, and sports nutrition counseling. Fitness and nutrition are personal as well as professional interests for her: she follows her lifestyle recommendations by eating healthy and staying fit. She’s also a recreational endurance athlete and has completed several local and state-level running races. Stephanie’s counseling is based on a solid academic background: she graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with degrees in Nutritional Science and Psychology. She continued her education at California State University, Northridge, where she completed a Masters in Science and a dietetic internship program at Los Angeles based hospitals. Stephanie teaches college level nutrition classes and is the consulting sports dietitian for the cross country teams of Hartnell Community College in Salinas, California. Stephanie is the main dietitian for Sweet People Club’s regular “Office Hours” which is included in the membership price. She’s fun and keeps it real while answering all your nutrition-related questions.
Melanie Topete, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Lifestyle Coach
Dr. Melanie Topete is a native to Arizona, born and raised in Mesa. After receiving her doctorate of physical therapy at A.T. Still University, Melanie continued her postgraduate education as an Orthopedic Resident at Orthopedic Sports Therapy (OST) in order to develop her skills as an orthopedic specialist. Her belief in the value of health and wellness, as well as her passion to help others reach their goals, is what inspires her to be a physical therapist. Melanie is also a Certified Lifestyle Coach and manages a Sweet People Group in Arizona. She enjoys learning, exercising, playing piano, laughing with her husband and spending time with her family.
Tracey D. Brown, CEO, ADA
Tracey D. Brown is Chief Executive Officer of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the nation’s largest voluntary health organization and a global authority on diabetes. She joined the ADA in June 2018. Tracey earned a master of business administration degree from Columbia Business School in New York and a bachelor of chemical engineering degree from the University of Delaware. Arguably the most important part of her role is that she lives and thrives with type 2 diabetes. She understands what it’s like to manage blood sugars – day in and day out. As a special guest faculty member, she shares her personal story, and enlightens us about how the ADA helps people live with diabetes and prediabetes, while researching for a cure. Read more about the interview and watch a short clip of her inspiring story.
Sherri Shafer, RD, CDCES
Sherri Shafer is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a wealth of experience and has a gift in being able to break down complex concepts into something everyone can understand. She is a Senior Registered Dietitian at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center where she has helped people with prediabetes and diabetes for a few decades. Within the Sweet People Club video library (that you have access to on day one of the membership), Sherri covers everything from weight management, how different foods affect blood sugar, heart health, strategies for eating when you have high blood pressure, and the inside scoop of alcohol (but there are many more!). She’s also the author of Diabetes and Carb Counting For Dummies and Diabetes Type 2 Complete Food Management Program. She’s an engaging speaker which is why she’s often sought after.
Barbara Quinn, MS, RDN, CDCES, LMNT
Barbara Quinn is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes educator, and licensed medical nutrition therapist. She is the author of Quinn-Essential Nutrition: The Uncomplicated Science of Eating, The Diabetes DTOUR Diet, and The Diabetes DTOUR Diet Cookbook. Her weekly column, Quinn On Nutrition, appears in the Monterey County Herald and she is a regular contributor to Health Matters magazine and a variety of news publications. Barbara is intensely interested in getting accurate and evidence-based information about nutrition and agriculture to the public. Her writings mix the serious science of nutrition with common sense and a touch of humor. Barbara is the co-author of Sweet People Club’s Show Me What To Eat Guides and created several engaging videos for you within the video library, including how to find saturated fats, busting the top nutrition myths, tips for eating out, should I go Keto, salt – how low should you go, what dietitians cook in a hurry, and among several others, sweeteners – are they good or bad?
Lawrence Fisher, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Larry Fisher is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UCSF. He is a clinical psychologist with both clinical and research experience in primary care and chronic disease. He is a world leader on the topic of diabetes distress and granted the Sweet People Club an interview for our complete library about how the burden of diabetes and prediabetes impact one’s life and ability to successfully manage it. The key here is to expect having distress around living with high blood sugar. And the first step in helping the distress is to acknowledge it’s going on.
Susan Jung Guzman, PhD
Dr. Guzman is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in diabetes. Her clinical and research interests include overcoming barriers to self-management, family issues with diabetes, and promoting attitudes of living well with chronic illness. She is the Director of Clinical/Educational Services and co-Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute. She developed and runs many of their clinical programs, including Defeating the Depression/Diabetes Connection and Living Well with Complications. Dr. Guzman has a positive focus on what can be done. She has an entire section within the Sweet People Club video library that discusses the Emotional Aspects of Diabetes.
Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM
Dr. Colberg is a Professor Emerita with Old Dominion University and is a world renowned expert in diabetes and exercise/physical activity. She shaped exercise guidelines for the American Diabetes Association, The American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, amongst others. She is the author of at least 13 books about diabetes and exercise, and is a source of inspiration in her ability to live well with type 1 diabetes. She recorded the physical activity section within the Sweet People Club library and talks about several important areas (the best time to workout, eating for exercise, cardio/balance/cross training, exercising safely when you’re on medicine, how to prevent and treat injuries, exercising given health complication, and the grand one of all – how to stay motivated! We all know being active helps our blood sugars; Sheri helps you understand how to use it to prevent and manage diabetes in the best way.
Sweet People Club Members
Our community of “sweet people” brings many wonderful insights that catapult the shared learning process. It’s the daily discoveries that provide meaningful ways to approach keeping blood sugars and overall wellness in an ideal state. We do learn a lot from each other and actually have a little fun along the way! Often it’s learning from other people who are in our shoes, who know what it’s like living with high sugar that really can help. We do moderate discussions to help add the science behind the why we do things, but our members are the heart of this effort and contribute much to the success of the program. It’s this kind of mutual support that helps you to keep going or get back on track even when (especially when) you have a bad day or a bad week or a lousy month. This is a blame-free zone that’s affords you much encouragement and understanding as you find your path to wellness.