National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
September 2010
Volume 6, Issue 9

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins September 15

Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15 through October 15 - is a time to recognize the culture, contributions, and heritage of Hispanic/Latino Americans. This year’s unifying theme is, “Celebrating History, Heritage, and the American Dream.” During this time, Hispanics/Latinos reflect on the struggles, challenges, and successes of their community. Also during this time, NDEP would like to remind our partners that Hispanics/Latinos, along with other ethnic populations, are disproportionately affected by diabetes. Encourage those at risk for type 2 diabetes to find out their family health history, share it with their health care team, and take steps to prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

For tips on how to prevent type 2 diabetes, read NDEP’s feature article, “Ten Ways Hispanics/Latinos Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes” or the bilingual Prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Step by Step./Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2. Paso a paso. tip sheet. For an exciting way to incorporate more movement into everyday activities, check out NDEP’s Movimiento por su vida CD/DVD. NDEP also provides materials to support diabetes control in the Hispanic/Latino population, including You are the heart of your family… take care of it. (Usted es el corazón de la familia... cuide su corazón) and Consejos para jóvenes con diabetes: La diabetes (Tips for Teens with Diabetes: About Diabetes).

As the nation’s Hispanic/Latino population grows, there is a critical need for access to credible health information. CDC’s Hispanic Media Resources page is designed to provide health information and helpful links to Spanish- and English-language media that reach Hispanic/Latino audiences. The page offers Spanish-language press releases and public service announcements, story ideas with Hispanic/Latino readers in mind, biographies of Spanish-speaking experts at CDC, and links to other sources of health information. Consider this page a resource when planning media promotions for Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond.

Hispanic Heritage Month

NDEP Joins Binational Health Week in October

October 4-15, 2010 marks the 10th Annual Binational Health Week (BHW), one of the largest efforts to mobilize federal and state government agencies, community-based organizations, and volunteers to improve the health and well-being of underserved Hispanic/Latino populations. BHW will take place in 40 states in the U.S. and three Canadian provinces, with the participation of the consulates of the United States of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Perú, Honduras, Colombia, and Ecuador.

Thanks to Luis Javier Hernandez, BHW Community Program Coordinator, and Xochitl Castañeda, Director of Health Initiative of the Americas and an active member of NDEP’s Hispanic/Latino Work Group, NDEP will join forces with BHW to promote the Más que comida, es vida/It’s More Than Food, It’s Life campaign. NDEP will distribute to BHW facilitators tips on healthy cooking activities and two recipe cards – one for the Spanish Omelet and another for Rice with Chicken, Spanish Style from the Más que comida recipe book to help Hispanics/Latinos make healthy food choices without sacrificing the foods they love. Recipes were designed specifically for a Latin and Caribbean palate.

Find out if your state Diabetes Prevention and Control Program or area consulate is participating in BHW. Look for ways to collaborate at exhibits or in presentations to promote NDEP during Binational Health Week. A list of participating states and programs is available on the BHW website.

Binational Health Week (Semana Binacional de Salud)

Exploring NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource

Did you know that you can find resources for Spanish-speaking patients in NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource?

Support for Behavior Change Resource (SBCR), NDEP’s online library of resources on how to make healthy lifestyle changes, includes a variety of tools and programs for individuals and health care providers. To help acquaint you with SBCR, a different resource will be explored monthly. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this month’s featured resource is the National Institute on Aging’s El ejercicio y su salud (Exercise and Your Health).

El ejercicio y su salud is an empowering Spanish-language guide for older adults that addresses the importance of physical activity in aging and the subsequent health and emotional benefits of being active. The tool provides information on how to set goals and sensitively explain that nearly everyone is capable of being active in one way or another. Additionally, the guide offers simple, realistic suggestions for basic physical activity—complete with clear instructions and drawings that depict several exercises and stretches—as well as progress trackers and information on healthy eating.

El ejercicio y su salud is free and available online for download as a PDF. A similar and recently updated version in English called Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging can be found on the National Institute on Aging’s website.

Find more resources for making healthy changes at

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September is also Fruits & Veggies — More Matters™ Month

For many school districts, September marks the start of a new school year. It's also Fruits & Veggies — More Matters™ Month, an observance developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with other public and private organizations to encourage people to improve their health by eating fruits and vegetables. CDC has developed a kit, Explore the World with Fruits and Vegetables, for teachers, public health professionals, and dietitians to use with children to spark their interest in eating more fruits and vegetables. The kit explores cuisines from different parts of the world, and provides activities to use in geography, math, and social studies classes. In addition, the kit includes a leader’s guide, poster, recipe cards for adults and children, interactive worksheets, and a brochure. For more information on printed campaign materials, click here or call 1-888-391-2100.

For tips on how to increase fruit and vegetable intake for those at risk for type 2 diabetes, read NDEP’s article, “Eat Fruits & Veggies to Lose Weight & Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes.”

Fruits & Veggies — More Matter


The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) held its 37th Annual Meeting August 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas with the theme “Changing Lives, Building Knowledge, Creating Opportunities.” NDEP presented several sessions during this conference:

  • NDEP chair Marti Funnell, M.S., R.N., C.D.E., spoke about the crucial role of behavior change in the management of diabetes during a session titled “Supporting Behavior Change and Quality of Life.” Ms. Funnell also discussed how to approach this issue with patients to help them overcome obstacles, and she introduced NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource as a useful tool. This session had more than 300 attendees.
  • Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D., Director of NDEP at NIH, and Diane Tuncer, Deputy Director of NDEP at NIH, explained the process of developing NDEP campaigns and messages, and discussed NDEP’s ability to reach diverse audiences during a session titled “Translating New Research into a Public Health Campaign.”
  • Betsy Rodriguez, M.S.N., C.D.E., NDEP Deputy Director at CDC, and Alexis Williams M.P.H., C.H.E.S. and David Ojeda also of CDC, presented a session titled “NDEP Tool Kits: Facilitating Resource Implementation in Organizations Serving Minority Populations.” The session helped prepare participants to implement NDEP toolkits by engaging participants in a collaborative, idea building process to identify and develop strategies, creative opportunities, and ideas for action. In a separate session, Ms. Rodriguez demonstrated NDEP's Road to Health (RTH) Tool Kit. The RTH tool kit is a resource designed for African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos at risk for type 2 diabetes that provides materials to start a community outreach program that reinforces the message that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented.

To access the available presentations online, visit the On the Road section of the NDEP website.

NDEP Partners recognized at AADE!

  • Francine Kaufman, M.D.
    At each annual meeting, AADE recognizes an extraordinary individual who exemplifies the proud history of diabetes education and serves as an extraordinary role model with the Living Legend Award. NDEP would like to congratulate immediate past NDEP chair, Francine Kaufman, M.D., who was awarded the 2010 AADE Living Legend Award for her tireless advocacy for patients with diabetes. Dr. Kaufman also serves on the NDEP Diabetes in Children and Adolescents work group, chairs the subcommittee revising NDEP’s Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel, and most recently served as chair for NDEP’s Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care subcommittee.
  • Sandra Burke, Ph.D., R.N., A.N.P., C.D.E.
    Congratulations to Sandra Burke, who recently became AADE’s president–elect, 2011-2012. Dr. Burke currently serves as NDEP’s Older Adult Work Group vice chair. She was interviewed by AADE staff to discuss highlights of her presentations, “Using Guidelines and Competencies to Make Diabetes Educators Indispensable” and “The Many Faces of Type 2 Diabetes: Improving Care across Various Populations and Settings.” Dr. Burke is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of the nursing program at the Urbana Regional Program. To view the interview in its entirety, click here.

AADE 37th Annual Meeting, San Antonio Aug 4-7 2010

NDEP Presentations at ADA Highlighted in Diabetes Dispatch

NDEP also had the opportunity to present during the June American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 70th Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida. The post edition of ADA’s Diabetes Dispatch, the official daily newspaper of the meeting,included an article that highlighted NDEP presentations by Marti Funnell, M.S., R.N., C.D.E., Judy Fradkin, M.D., and Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D. To read the article in its entirety, click here.

Diabetes Dispatch

Announcements from NDEP

New NDEP Partner Page with Tools to Promote November National Diabetes Awareness Month
Promote, promote, promote! NDEP’s partner campaign page is now available. The November campaign uses stories from real people to help raise awareness of diabetes prevention by conveying information about family history and gestational diabetes as risk factors for diabetes. This year’s activities will build on the approach used for the 2009 Managing Diabetes campaign, which features testimonials from real people living with diabetes. This November, partners will have a full spectrum of NDEP diabetes prevention and control resources that communicate NDEP campaign messages featuring stories from real people. The partner page contains National Diabetes Awareness Month campaign materials such as an e-newsletter blurb for partners to share information about the campaign with their constituents, as well as tips for implementation. For more information or to download the partner tool kit, click here.

NDEP Bilingual Teen Tip Sheet Series Now Available
The complete bilingual teen tip sheet series is now available to download and order from the NDEP website. This easy-to-read series for Hispanic/Latino teens and families provides the basics about managing diabetes. To download or order the tip sheets, click here or call 1-888-693-NDEP (6337).

Partners Shine in NDEP’s Partner Spotlight
Lights, camera, action! NDEP’s Partner Spotlight webpage is updated regularly to feature the great work that our partners are doing to promote NDEP. NDEP continues to search for noteworthy partners to feature each month. Let us know about your activities. Complete the submission form and send it to Darise Deal at This month the Spotlight is on NDEP’s Hispanic/Latino Work Group members and AmerisourceBergen, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical service companies serving the United States, Canada, and selected global markets with a focus on the pharmaceutical supply channel.

Join a Road to Health Tool Kit Introductory Webinar
NDEP is hosting regular webinars to increase knowledge about how the Road to Health Tool Kit (RTH) can be used and to build capacity to adopt and implement it in communities. Webinars are scheduled for September 13 and 30, and more dates will be added. To register, visit Feel free to share the registration link with your partners. People who attend the webinar will receive a free tool kit for participating. To order additional free copies or to download the tool kitcomponents, visit or call 1-888-693-NDEP (6337).

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Mark Your Calendars: NDEP Resources You Can Use

NDEP has many additional resources that you can share at health fairs, conferences, educational sessions, or as part of your organization’s social media outreach efforts. Check out the NDEP 2010 Outreach and Promotional Plan: At-a-Glance for more third quarter resources.

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 tool kits 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! Don’t wait for your monthly issue of NEWS & NOTES to learn what’s new and exciting from NDEP. Click on the RSS icon on the NDEP homepage to subscribe!

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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On the Road with NDEP

Stop by and visit NDEP at the following upcoming presentations and exhibits:

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