National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
February 2011
Volume 7, Issue 2

Updated Edition of Comprehensive Guide, Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel, Now Available

The updated version of Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel is now available to download and order from the NDEP website! Students with diabetes, their parents, and the school personnel who work with them face unique challenges. About 215,000 school-aged children have diabetes in the United States and the numbers continue to increase annually with more new cases of diabetes being diagnosed in young people. Collaboration and coordination is essential to ensure a safe learning environment and equal access to educational opportunities for students with diabetes. To help meet these challenges, NDEP has released an updated version of the Guide, which provides school personnel, parents, and students with a coordinated team approach for helping students manage their diabetes effectively in the school setting. The Guide contains user-friendly tools, copier-ready action plans, a diabetes primer and glossary, and a review of school responsibilities under federal laws. This updated version was developed with and supported by 23 leading diabetes, pediatric medicine, health care professional and education organizations, as well as federal agencies. The Guide includes new and updated information on:

  • strategies for effective diabetes management for children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • stages of child development and students’ corresponding abilities to perform diabetes care tasks
  • diabetes management training for school personnel using a three-tiered approach
  • commonly used diabetes supplies for blood glucose monitoring and administering insulin
  • step-by-step instructions for carb counting and computing insulin doses
  • a review of federal laws pertaining to students with diabetes

NDEP has developed promotional tools to spread the word. Here are some things you can do to help NDEP promote this new resource:

  1. Post a link to the Guide on your website. For added flare, post the Guide web button!
  2. Distribute the e-newsletter article about the Guide.
  3. Place the short article and announcements about the Guide in your newsletter.
  4. Print out the promotional flyer/order form and distribute it.
  5. Download the presentation slides from the NDEP website and give talks about the guide.

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Kit El camino hacia la buena salud/Road to Health Tool Kit Webinars in Spanish Scheduled

Learn how to use the Road to Health Tool Kit and register for a FREE webinar in Spanish. Aprende a usar el Kit El camino hacia la buena salud. Regístrese para un seminario web gratuito en español:

Wednesday, February 23/ Miércoles, 23 de febrero
Friday, March 18/ Viernes, 18 de marzo
Wednesday, April 27/ Miércoles, 27 de abril
Tuesday, May 17/ Martes, 17 de mayo

TIME: 3:00 p.m. (ET); 12:00 p.m. (PT)
TIEMPO: 15:00 (ET), 24:00 (PT)

By registering, you will receive a free copy of the toolkit, technical assistance, and a certificate of attendance. Register at:
Al registrarse, usted recibirá una copia gratuita del kit, asistencia técnica y un certificado de asistencia. Registro en:

The Road to Health Toolkit in Spanish is the resource that you need to complement your community education initiatives that inspire the Hispanic/Latino family to make the right decisions to avoid a future with type 2 diabetes. This product is bilingual, developed by experts of the NDEP with input from diabetes educators and community health workers/promotores, and is available for community based organizations, clinics, wellness programs, and other agencies that work with Hispanic/Latino families.

El Kit El camino hacia la buena salud en español es el recurso que necesita para complementar sus iniciativas de educación en la comunidad para inspirar a la familia hispana a tomar las decisiones correctas para evitar tener un futuro con diabetes tipo 2. Este producto es bilingüe, desarrollado por expertos del NDEP con la participación de educadores en diabetes y de los trabajadores comunitarios de salud/promotores, y está disponible para organizaciones comunitarias, clínicas, programas de bienestar y otras agencias que trabajan con familias hispanas.

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February is American Heart Month & Black History Month

American Heart Month is a time to fight heart disease and stroke and to teach Americans about living heart-healthy lives. For people with diabetes, this message is particularly important because having diabetes means you are more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke—but it doesn’t have to—if you take care of your diabetes. NDEP’s Take Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes. tip sheet—available in English and 15 Asian languages—is a great tool to help you teach people with diabetes about the ABCs of diabetes and how to take care of blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol for a longer and healthier life.

As the nation celebrates the many achievements made by African Americans during Black History Month this February, NDEP would like to bring attention to the fact that African Americans are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to the general population. During Black History Month and throughout the year, we invite you to join NDEP in working to prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications in the African-American community. NDEP offers many resources for the African-American community. Check out NDEP’s More Than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet, which encourages African Americans to move more and eat less so they can lower their risk for type 2 diabetes. Listen to and share NDEP’s CD, Step by Step: Moving Towards Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes, which features original music with empowering messages that help African Americans incorporate physical activity into their lives. This CD also includes music from NDEP’s popular Movimiento por su vida CD and a bonus music video, Every Day is a New Beginning.

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New National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation released an updated National Diabetes Fact Sheet on January 26. The National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011 replaces the 2007 fact sheet. Click here to download the new fact sheet and get information on ordering printed copies.

Communication tools are also available for download and include a national press release, slides for PowerPoint presentations, website badges that link to the fact sheet, and a feature at A social media campaign on CDC’s Facebook and CDCgov Twitter accounts began in late January and will continue through February. These messages can be retweeted or posted to your social media accounts.

If you have questions about the fact sheet release, supporting materials, or media inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Greene at

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Diabetes Alert Day: Help NDEP Raise Awareness of Diabetes Risk in Your Community

In an effort to address the growing prevalence of diabetes in the United States, NDEP needs your continued support to raise awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and risk factors associated with diabetes. Diabetes Alert Day, observed annually the fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. In observance of this year’s Diabetes Alert Day on March 22, NDEP will conduct outreach to inform people about the seriousness of diabetes, risk factors for diabetes, and encourage people to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk Test.

While Diabetes Alert Day is recognized this year on March 22, NDEP’s promotional efforts will take place throughout the month of March and NDEP has developed tools to help partners in their efforts to sound the alarm in observance of Diabetes Alert Day. Click here to access the tools, which include feature articles, a template news release, an e-newsletter blurb, a web button, and e-mail signatures. The centerpiece of this toolkit is the Diabetes Risk Test, available in English and Spanish. Share this in your community to help people learn about their risk for diabetes.

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Exploring NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource

NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource (SBCR) provides links to a variety of resources to help people with diabetes and those at risk for the disease make and sustain healthy lifestyle changes, as well as to support those who care for them. Each month a different resource will be explored to help familiarize you with what’s available in the SBCR. In celebration of American Heart Month, this month we explore heart healthy recipes from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the foods you love, but knowing how to prepare your favorite foods in a healthier way can improve the health of your heart. NHLBI offers more than 120 heart healthy recipes with colorful pages and easy-to-follow instructions featuring meals influenced by Latin American, Asian, Mediterranean, and American cuisines. Try the oven-fried yucca, Japanese-style beef and noodle soup, or the classic macaroni and cheese. For diabetes-friendly recipes, check out NDEP’s Mas que comida recipe booklet.

Heart healthy recipes from NHLBI are available for free online. Find more resources for supporting healthy behavior change at

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Announcements from NDEP & Partners

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

  • Howard University Diabetes Treatment Center Utilizes NDEP Tools to Screen, Treat, and Educate Local Residents
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Expands It’s Promotion of NDEP Materials

Registration Open for the 2011 CDC Division of Diabetes Translation Conference
The CDC’s Divisions of Diabetes Translation will convene its annual diabetes translation conference, entitled, “Changing the Course of Diabetes: Optimizing Health for All,” from April 11-14, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference will bring together more than 600 participants from a wide range of agencies and partners to explore a range of topics on enhancing diabetes prevention and control approaches and strategies, increase knowledge of successful, cost-effective programs and best practices, present innovative strategies to increase awareness, showcase effective strategies toward eliminating diabetes-related health disparities, and provide opportunities for learning, sharing, and networking. NDEP’s Frankie Awards will be presented at a ceremony on April 11.

Click here for more information on the conference and the Frankies. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Norma Loner at if you have conference related questions.

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report – United States, 2011 Now Available
CDC has issued a new report of data documenting health disparities and inequalities. The first of a series of consolidated assessments, the report highlights health disparities by sex, race, and ethnicity, income, education, disability status, and other social characteristics. It shows that, although substantial progress has been made in improving health for most U.S. residents, persistent disparities continue. The report addresses disparities at the national level in health care access, exposure to environmental hazards, mortality, and morbidity, and includes a chapter on diabetes-related disparities. Click here for the report.

Flu Season & Diabetes
It is important that people with diabetes get a flu shot. People with diabetes are more likely to get flu-related complications, and the flu may interfere with blood glucose management. Click here for more information.

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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 educational and social media outreach efforts. Check out the NDEP 2011 Outreach and Promotional Plan: At-a-Glance for more resources.

In future issues of NEWS & NOTES, look for NDEP promotional tools that are available 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! 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:

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