The Fuller Picture... about me
Riva holds the distinguished Lecture Award from the International Diabetes Federation for her education and advocacy. As a passionate diabetes educator, inspirational speaker and health coach, she is sharing a flourishing–approach to diabetes with health professionals and people living with diabetes. She conducts workshops and gives lectures worldwide.
Having lived with type 1 diabetes for 43 years, Riva is committed through her research, writing, workshops and lectures, to help others live an exceptional life, not despite having diabetes but because of it.
Riva is the author of three books: an instruction book for managing diabetes, Diabetes Do's & How-To's, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It and the primer for developing emotional strength and resilience, The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes. She also tells her story in, My Sweet Life: Successful Women With Diabetes. Riva is also part of QuantiaMD's series, "Ask the Patient" to help health care professionals work more effectively with their patients.
Riva also speaks across the U.S. as a peer-mentor and coaches patients to achieve better health. Riva writes a personal blog on her web site, diabetesstories.com.
Named by Sharecare Now as "sixth most influential diabetes influencer online." A Key Opinion Leader (KOL) to pharmaceutical companies and diabetes organizations, Riva has been a communications professional in advertising, marketing, branding and change communication for over twenty-five years.
"I'm currently working on my fourth book about living with and treating diabetes from a flourishing approach rather than a coping approach. It's an opportunity for health professionals to inspire behavior change in their patients so that both have more successful outcomes."
Riva also donates her books. "In 2009 I gave away 2,000 of my books at the International Diabetes Federation World Congress in Montreal. This was my way of thanking the medical community for all they do for us." In 2010 she donated 150 copies of her book, The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes, through Dex4, to families at the Children With Diabetes conference. She also annually donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes to diabetes organizations. She has donated to Diabetes Research Institute, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes Hands Foundation and Insulin For Life.