National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
July 2010
Volume 6, Issue 7

Summer Shape Up for People at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Family reunions and summer picnics offer the chance to reunite with relatives, learn about heritage, and share family recipes. This summer, help NDEP promote diabetes awareness when it comes to talking about having a family history of diabetes. NDEP research has shown that people seem to better understand that they are at risk for diabetes when they think about how diabetes has affected their family. Having a mother, father, sister, or brother with type 2 diabetes increases one’s risk for developing the disease.

Encourage your constituents to talk about diabetes during their next family gathering. Use NDEP’s newly updated TV public service announcement “Family Reunion” to get the conversation started. The feature article, “Ten Ways to Shape Up Your Family Reunion to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes” offers simple tips for choosing physical activities the entire family can enjoy, as well as making a plan for what, when, and how much food to eat during gatherings. For information on healthy recipes, check out NDEP’s Tasty Recipes/Mas que comida booklet that offers foods that the whole family can enjoy, including Tropical Fruits Fantasia, a side dish that can complement any summer meal.

NDEP also has resources designed for African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos that can help carry out the family history conversation. The tip sheet More Than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes educates families on the small steps that offer big rewards when it comes to healthy eating and physical activity. Step by Step: Moving Towards Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes and Movimiento por su vida are CDs/DVDs with original music and strong messages that tell listeners that even moderately intense physical activity can make a difference.

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July is Also a Time to Prepare for & Celebrate Your Independence

In July, as we think about our nation’s independence, it is also a great time for teens and young adults with diabetes to prepare for their independence as they transition from pediatric to adult care. NDEP’s new Transition Resource provides tools to help with the transition process. This resource contains a Checklist, Patient Clinical Summary Page, and Resource List.

Feel free to post the Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care tool on your organization’s website, distribute via your listserv, place in your newsletter, use social media to post messages on Facebook or Twitter, or include NDEP’s PowerPoint slides in a presentation that you are giving.

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NDEP Promotes Diabetes Control & Lowering the Risk in Youth Themes During the Third Quarter

During the third quarter of 2010 (July through September), NDEP is promoting diabetes control and lowering the risk in youth themes. In addition to promoting NDEP’s new Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care tool, here are some other NDEP resources that you can share at health fairs, conferences, educational sessions, or as part of your organization’s social media outreach efforts:

Coming Soon! In observance of National Diabetes Awareness Month this November, NDEP will convey messages about family history as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and will tie in messages to reach women with a history of gestational diabetes. Building on the creative approach featuring real people as part of last year’s Managing Diabetes campaign, NDEP will develop posters and materials featuring real people at risk for diabetes because they have a family history of diabetes, or have a history of gestational diabetes, placing them at increased future risk. In August, promotional tool kits will be developed for partners to assist you in bringing our messages alive at the community level. For more information, remember to check the campaign section of

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Coming Soon! Webinars to Help You Promote the Road to Health Tool Kit

Beginning in late July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a series of “Welcome to the Road to Health” webinars. The purpose of the webinars is to provide participants with an overview of diabetes prevention strategies and ideas for using the Road to Health Tool Kit. The tool kit was developed for use by Community Health Workers (CHWs) to promote diabetes prevention strategies in their communities, but also can be used by others working to prevent type 2 diabetes at the community level. The webinars have been designed for CHWs, lay health educators, health ministers, diabetes educators and anyone interested in learning more about the tool kit. NDEP will provide promotional materials you can use locally to promote the webinars and to motivate your partners to adopt and implement the Road to Health Tool Kit. For more information, contact Alexis Williams at and stay tuned for an announcement from NDEP.

Reminder: Continuing education (CE) credits are available for reading the user's guide, flip chart, and activities guide in the Road to Health Tool Kit. Click here for more information on obtaining CE credit.

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NDEP’s Older Adult Work Group & the International Council on Active Aging Develop Journal Article

NDEP’s Older Adult Work Group leadership and the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) recently developed an article for the organization’s May/June 2010 issue of the Journal on Active Aging. Work Group chair, Linda Haas, Ph.C., R.N., C.D.E., and vice chair, Sandra Burke, Ph.D., R.N., A.N.P., C.D.E., co-authored the article entitled, “Diabetes Prevention 101: Small and Simple Changes Prevent Type 2 Diabetes,” which provides an overview of diabetes and how to prevent the disease. NDEP’s resources for diabetes prevention in older adults are referenced throughout the article as tools to help make and sustain lifestyle changes.

In addition, ICAA has also created a “National Diabetes Education Program Information Center” on their website. This webpage includes information for people with diabetes, those at risk, and organizations that work with older adults. Each section includes links to relevant NDEP resources.

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New Announcements & Tools

Updated NDEP TV Public Service Announcements
In addition to the updated “Family Reunion” PSA, NDEP has also made updates to the “Future Generations,” and “Get Real” TV PSAs. These PSAs now feature new voiceovers with updated NDEP contact information ( and 1-888-693-NDEP (6337)), closed captioning, and the most current logos for NDEP’s campaigns and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In addition, the “Get Real” TV PSA has been updated to lead with family history as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. The updated PSAs have been posted to NDEP’s website in the “Resources” section under “Television PSAs,” as well as YouTube for you to share with your colleagues and people with or at risk for diabetes. Here are a few ideas for how you can use these PSAs:

  1. If you are interested in reaching out to TV, print or radio outlets in your community, check out NDEP’s Promotional Tool Kit for partners, Section V, Appendix I, for information about how to reach your local media with PSAs, including a sample letter to PSA directors.
  2. Feel free to use NDEP print PSAs as posters, flyers, bookmarks, or in newsletters or bulletins.
  3. NDEP’s PSAs can also be used as part of community-based group presentations or meetings. If your presentation can incorporate audio visual elements, the TV spots can add another dimension to the interaction. If it’s a PowerPoint you prefer, feel free to incorporate one of NDEP’s print or TV PSAs in the deck.

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CDC Offers Web-Based Health Literacy Training for Public Health Professionals
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently unveiled Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals, a new and free web-based training that offers information, strategies, and tools to help public health professionals improve their effectiveness in educating and providing patients with useful resources. Continuing education credits are available in some disciplines.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is also making strides to improve health literacy. HHS recently released The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy to improve the jargon-filled language, dense writing, and complex explanations that often fill patient handouts, medical forms, health websites, and recommendations to the public.

Support for Behavior Change Resource Tool is Accepting Submissions Through August 15
NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource (SBCR) is looking for your recommendations! If you have additional research articles, tools, or programs that you think should be included in the SBCR, click here for instructions on submitting materials and to download the online submission form. Submissions will be accepted through August 15.

New CDC-TV Video Teaches Risk Factors and Healthy Lifestyle Tips
CDC-TV has released a new consumer-friendly video, "Blood Sugar & Fears." The video provides expert advice about who is at risk for type 2 diabetes and how healthy lifestyle changes can reduce risk for the disease by nearly 60 percent. It also includes the personal story of someone who is living with type 2 diabetes and making healthy lifestyle changes. The video is available to download via CDC-TV, podcast or radio PSA, and is also accessible by mobile phone. Easy download instructions are posted on CDC-TV so your organization can use the video today.

Mark Your Calendars: NDEP Resources You Can Use

NDEP offers many PowerPoint slide sets that are a valuable tool for partners. From the NDEP website, these slide sets are sorted by audience and keywords for ease of access, and can be downloaded individually or as an entire set. They serve as a convenient resource for partners to use in presentations or reports to promote NDEP’s new campaigns, initiatives, and tools. To view the slide sets, visit the “Resources” section of the NDEP website and click on “Presentations.”

In future issues of NEWS & NOTES, look for NDEP promotional tools that are ready for you to personalize, customize, and distribute. For example, use our printer-ready public service announcements to make diabetes posters for upcoming events, health fairs, or your office. Use our customizable campaign resources and toolkits to promote diabetes awareness in your community. Or take our feature articles, press releases, media advisories, and public service announcements, and add your organization’s logo.

Using social media? So are we! Don’t forget to follow NDEP on Twitter @NDEP, “like” our page on Facebook, and look for our videos on YouTube. Feel free to “re-tweet” and share NDEP posts with your social media friends!

By using our promotional tools, everybody wins. Your constituents receive important health information, your organization receives good publicity, and you help NDEP continue to be the nation’s No. 1 resource for free information and materials on diabetes control and prevention. NEWS & NOTES features resources that tie into quarterly promotions and can help us promote NDEP together.

If you have any questions about NDEP’s resources, promotions efforts, and how you might help promote NDEP, please contact Diane Tuncer at

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