The holiday season can be filled with family, fun, and festivities. But it can also be a stressful time as people prepare for the hustle and bustle of the season. Whether you have diabetes or not, holiday pressures can interrupt your routine and make it even more challenging to follow your plans to stay healthy. The NDEP has resources to help people maintain their health, fitness, and stress levels during this busy time. The easiest way to do this is to plan ahead. The more you know about where you’re going and what you’ll be doing, the better you can plan.
Thanks to NDEP’s many hard working partners for promoting NDEP’s “Make a Plan to Prevent Diabetes and Its Complications” theme and supporting materials during National Diabetes Month. More than 250 partners brought the message to communities across the country. In November, partners disseminated National Diabetes Month messages through newsletters, presentations, and websites. They distributed materials at diabetes education groups, churches, community events, and much, much more!
If you brought NDEP’s materials to your community during National Diabetes Month, let us know! Post descriptions and photos of your activities on the NDEP Facebook page or tweet about your activities @ndep. If you used NDEP materials in a creative or innovative way and would like to be featured NDEP’s Partner Spotlight, please complete the submission form and send the form along with any photos, media results, and contact information to Ashley Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 December, the Spotlight is on the following partner:
It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot
If people in your community—especially those living with diabetes—have not been vaccinated against the flu, encourage them to get a flu shot as soon as possible by sharing a flu shot reminder postcard (available in English or Spanish). Everyone needs a flu vaccine, and it is especially important for people with diabetes. People with diabetes are more likely to get flu-related complications, and the flu may interfere with blood glucose management. Learn more about the flu and diabetes.
Funding Opportunity: Health Care Innovation Challenge
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Health Care Innovation Challenge will award up to $1 billion in grants to support implementation of compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care, and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Awards will range from approximately $1 million to $30 million for a three-year period. Applications are open to providers, payers, local government, public-private partnerships, and multi-payer collaboratives. Potential applicants must submit a letter of intent by December 19, 2011 in order to be eligible for a funding award. All applications must be submitted electronically by January 27, 2012.
The CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation has launched a new program—the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The program’s key component, a structured lifestyle intervention, is based on NIH’s landmark Diabetes Prevention Program, which was proven to be effective in preventing and delaying the development of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
Go to www.cdc.gov/diabetes/projects/prevention_program.htm to find out more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program, including a video about the program and information about the lifestyle change classes and how they work.