Friday, September 18, 2009


Sometimes the best way to get serious issues across to kids is by wrapping it more attractively in entertainment. This Sunday, September 20th, a new episode of "Hannah Montana" that deals with type 1 diabetes will premiere on the Disney Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

My daughters both love the crazy plot lines that revolve around Miley Cyrus' character who is a mega pop star that "masquerades" around as a regular kid to preserve some semblance of a normal teen life. SPOILER ALERT (don't read further if you want to be surprised by the show): According to the JDRF website, the episode, "Uptight (Oliver's Alright,)" will revolve around the characters Miley (Miley Cyrus) and Lilly (Emily Osment) finding out that their friend Oliver (Mitchel Musso) has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and thus turn into the "food police" for Oliver at a Sweet 16 party. Eventually, Oliver puts an end to his friends' misconceptions about diabetes, and they learn that with the support of friends, they can work through the challenges of living with diabetes.

Aside from raising awareness of Type-1 diabetes, the most important lessons that the show will teach its viewing audience is that friends can help their friends with diabetes- all it takes is understanding, and seeking knowledge about how to help. On the part of the person suffering from diabetes, it shows that openness about his disease doesn't stigmatize and leads to even better friendships.

Thanks Disney.

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