National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
November 2011
Volume 7, Issue 11

NDEP Has Resources to Help People Make a Plan for National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day this November

In support of National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes DayExternal Web Site Policy (November 14) this November, the NDEP is promoting the theme “Make a Plan to Prevent Diabetes and Its Complications.” This theme reinforces the need to help people take action and make a plan to achieve lifestyle changes—whether they have diabetes or are at risk for the disease. Many people know what to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out how to do it and fitting it into their daily routine that’s challenging.

It’s Not too Late to Get Involved!
To help partners spread the word, the NDEP has developed National Diabetes Month campaign materials—available in English and Spanish—to help you incorporate NDEP messages and materials in your community outreach efforts. Materials can be adapted for community-based presentations; support groups; office-based or waiting room outreach; and large scale or regional awareness, screening, or media events. Use these NDEP resources to get started today:

Social Media Promotions: Easy, Budget-friendly Ways to Spread the Word!
If you’re looking for low-budget, easy ways to get involved this November, check out NDEP’s social media promotions in support of National Diabetes Month.

Facebook. Help promote NDEP by liking the National Diabetes Month campaign directly on the campaign landing page. Check out NDEP’s custom Facebook tab, which will be the first thing you see when you go to the NDEP Facebook page. This tab offers three specific calls to action:

  • Post a tip for managing or preventing diabetes on the NDEP wall with text, photo, or video
  • Vote in a weekly poll (topics will include: support networks, challenges, and physical activity)
  • Support NDEP and share with your Facebook friends by “liking” NDEP

Twitter. Follow NDEP on Twitter @NDEP. During November, be sure to join the diabetes conversation by retweeting messages from NDEP and using the hashtags #DiabetesMonth and #diabetes. Participate in a live Twitter chat on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. by using the hashtag #CDCdiabetes or tweeting @CDCgovExternal Web Site Policy. During the chat, Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, will cover a range of topics including incorporating NDEP resources on preventing type 2 diabetes, managing diabetes, dealing with stress, and making lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and physical activity. Questions can be submitted in advance @CDCgov, using the hashtag #CDCdiabetes, or on CDC’s Facebook pageExternal Web Site Policy. Also, in NDEP tradition, don’t forget to turn your Twitter background blue for World Diabetes Day!

YouTube. Check out NDEP’s YouTube channel—here you will find NDEP’s behavior change video series. Embed these videos on your website and share them with your with your Facebook and Twitter followers.

National Diabetes Month

November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

As NDEP works to help people make changes to live well, it is important to remember that November is also American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. During this month, people join to celebrate the contributions made by the first Americans to the growth and culture of the United States.

In recognition of this month, NDEP would like to remind its partners that people of American Indian and Alaska Native descent are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. During this month of commemoration, encourage people with type 2 diabetes and those at risk for the disease—and their families—to set goals and make a plan to prevent diabetes and diabetes-related complications.

The NDEP has resources to help American Indian and Alaska Natives take steps to prevent and manage their diabetes. Share NDEP’s We Have the Power to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet to help people at risk for type 2 diabetes in your community learn how to increase physical activity and eat healthy to lower their risk. To make spreading the message easier, use NDEP’s We Have the Power to Prevent Diabetes print PSAs. For people working to manage their diabetes and its complications, NDEP has the Take Care of Your Heart, Manage Your Diabetes tip sheet—a patient education sheet that explains the link between diabetes and heart disease.

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NDEP Partnership Network Meeting Materials Now Available

NDEP’s 2011 Partnership Network Meeting held on October 2-3 in Atlanta, Georgia—with over 155 participants—was a great success.

The agenda underscored the meeting theme, Celebrating NDEP Success: Past, Present and Future, starting with an inspiring panel discussion featuring past and present NDEP leaders. Plenary presentations by Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P. and Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D. highlighted current diabetes research and implications for NDEP. Five breakout sessions, including Supporting Behavior Change in Preventing and Managing Diabetes, Using Traditional and Non-Traditional Communication Tools, Addressing Health Disparities, Adapting NDEP Tools to Reach Your Audiences, and Promoting NDEP Resources in Worksite Programs, provided informative presentations on using NDEP resources to address diabetes challenges in communities. The meeting concluded with partner Stakeholder Group meetings that set the stage for NDEP’s work moving forward.

Meeting materialsExternal Web Site Policy including plenary, breakout, and product discussion PowerPoint presentations and summaries are now available.

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Hot off the Press!

4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life., Now in Bengali and Urdu
These four steps help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. This publication—now available in Bengali and Urdu—is excellent for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or who just want to learn more about controlling the disease.

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Announcements from NDEP & Partners

Partners Shine in NDEP’s Partner Spotlight
NDEP’s Partner Spotlight web page is updated regularly to feature the great work that our partners are doing to promote NDEP. In November, the Spotlight is on the following partner:

  • Día de la Mujer Latina, for adapting NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit to develop a bilingual Health Fiesta Training Program

If your organization has recently promoted an NDEP campaign or resource in an innovative way, your organization could be featured in the next Partner Spotlight! If you would like to be featured, please complete the Partner Spotlight submission form and send the submission form along with any photos, media results, and contact information to Ashley Moore at

NDEP’s 4 Steps Used in Behavior Support Intervention Study
A study assessing A1C outcomesExternal Web Site Policy recently published in the October 10 online edition of Archives of Internal Medicine compared use of NDEP’s brochure, 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life. alone, to an intervention package consisting of a 24-minute video behavior support intervention, a workbook, and 5 sessions of telephone coaching by a trained diabetes nurse. The study involved 201 participants—primarily poor and uninsured—who were struggling to manage their diabetes. Both participant groups— those who received 4 Steps alone and those who received the intervention package—experienced a significant decrease in A1C from 9.6 to 9.1. There was no significant difference in A1C between the two groups.

Funding Opportunity: 2012 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced a funding opportunity through the Common Fund's NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards initiative. The program is designed to support exceptionally innovative and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms. The NIH encourages Transformative Research Award applications from investigators in all disciplines relevant to the NIH mission, including the biological, behavioral, clinical, social, physical, chemical, computational, engineering, and mathematical sciences.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 12, 2012 with Letters of Intent due by December 12, 2011. Visit for additional information or contact

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Releases New Video for People with Pre-diabetes
A new video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows how lifestyle change classes are helping people with pre-diabetes prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The video, A Change for LifeExternal Web Site Policy, focuses on participants and coaches in a lifestyle change program that is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention ProgramExternal Web Site Policy. Filmed at a YMCA in Louisville, Kentucky, the video offers an inspirational message about how lifestyle changes can improve health, and how health care professionals can help their patients by referring them to an effective intervention. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is modeled on the Diabetes Prevention Program research trial, led by the National Institutes of Health. The inaugural partners of the National Diabetes Prevention Program are the YMCA of the USA and UnitedHealth Group. Currently, there are 178 sites where the YMCA offers lifestyle intervention classes.

Flu Season Is In Full Swing
Everyone needs a flu vaccine, and it is especially important for people with diabetes to get a flu shot (not the nasal spray). People with diabetes are more likely to get flu-related complications, and the flu may interfere with blood glucose management. Encourage all people in your community—especially those living with diabetes—to get a flu shot. Learn moreExternal Web Site Policy about the flu and diabetes and share flu shot reminder postcardsExternal Web Site Policy (available in English or Spanish) with people in your community.

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