National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
May 2011
Volume 7, Issue 5

Hot off the Press

2011 Diabetes Numbers At-a-Glance
The 2011 update of the National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP’s) popular Numbers-At-a-Glance pocket guide is now available. Based on American Diabetes Association clinical practice recommendations, this handy guide for health care professionals provides a list of current recommendations to diagnose and manage pre-diabetes and diabetes. The 2011 update includes modified blood pressure guidelines and additional information on individualized target levels. Click here to order or download your free copy.

Easy-to-Read Tip Sheets
These popular NDEP tip sheets have been updated to make them easier to read, with more descriptive pictures, larger font, and an enhanced focus on actionable items.

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May Observances

Mother’s Day/National Women’s Health Week
In observance of Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) continue to team up to remind women who have a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) about the future health risks of the disease on mothers and children. Women with a history of GDM have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years. Additionally, the children of pregnancies affected by gestational diabetes also may be at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Throughout the month of May, NDEP will be engaged in a number of outreach activities to raise awareness about the health effects of gestational diabetes and the steps women with a history of GDM and their children can take to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Honor moms this Mother’s Day by helping NDEP spread the word! To learn more about NDEP’s Mother’s Day outreach activities and offerings—such as Mother’s Day eCards—and to learn how you can get involved, visit NDEP’s Partners and Community Organizations section for the It’s Never Too Early… To Prevent Diabetes webpage.

Healthy Vision Month
May is Healthy Vision Month, a national eye health observance established by the National Eye Institute. Healthy Vision Month is designed to elevate vision as a health priority for the nation. Because high blood glucose and high blood pressure from diabetes can damage the eye, information about eye health is especially important for people with diabetes. Check out the Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit and the “Watch out for your vision! If you have diabetes, read this story” booklet, available from the National Eye Institute’s publications catalogue, and NDEP’s Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Guide for Pharmacists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Dental Professionals.

Older Americans Month
Older Americans Month, an observance from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging, is an occasion to show appreciation and support for seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities. Older adults are at particularly high risk for developing diabetes and nearly 11 million adults in the U.S. age 65 and older have diabetes. This May, show your appreciation for older adults by helping them manage or prevent diabetes. Check out NDEP’s It’s Not Too Late to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet and The Power to Control Diabetes Is in Your Hands Community Outreach Kit and brochure.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month—a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Learn more about diabetes in this population group by reading NDEP’s fact sheet, The Diabetes Epidemic Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. NDEP has resources to promote diabetes prevention and control messages in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Download or order NDEP’s Two Reasons I Find Time to Prevent Diabetes: My Future and Theirs tip sheet, available in English and 15 Asian languages and designed to help Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at risk for type 2 diabetes move more and eat less to lower their risk for diabetes. Also, check out 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life. and Take Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes., which have been adapted into 15 Asian languages.

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Save the Date! NDEP Partnership Network Meeting

This year’s NDEP Partnership Network meeting will address “Celebrating NDEP’s Success: Past, Present and Future.” Make plans to join us October 2-3, 2011 in Atlanta for this exciting meeting that will engage, energize, and equip partners to collaborate with NDEP to address the growing diabetes epidemic in this ever-changing environment!

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Congratulations to the 2011 Frankie Award Winners

The Frankie Awards recognize innovative use of NDEP materials and resources, as well as exemplary promotion and incorporation of NDEP materials and messages into existing programs and activities. The programs were recognized at the 2011 CDC Division of Diabetes Translation conference in April. This year’s Frankie Award winners are:

Use of Media to Promote NDEP: Know the ABCs of Diabetes, Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

Implementation of an NDEP Program or Activity in a Community: Go Local with NDEP!, Utah Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Alliance Community Services, The National Tongan American Society, Utah Nutrition Council, Tooele County Local Health Department, Utah County Local Health Department

Promotion of NDEP Resources to Address Disparities: Road to a Healthier You. (English & Spanish), Nevada Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

Collaborative Partnership Using NDEP Resources: World Diabetes Day California State Capitol lighting event, California Diabetes Program

Frank Vinicor Award of Excellence: Go Local with NDEP!, Utah Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Alliance Community Services, The National Tongan American Society, Utah Nutrition Council, Tooele County Local Health Department, Utah County Local Health Department

More details about the award winning programs will be featured in NDEP’s Partner Spotlight in future issues of News & Notes and on the NDEP website.

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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 May, the Spotlight is on the following partners:

  • Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Promotes NDEP’s School Guide During Telehealth Workshop
  • Frederick County Health Department Receives Model Practice Award for its Diabetes Prevention Program, Power to Prevent

Reminder: Road to Health Toolkit Implementation Webinar and Introductory Webinars in Spanish Scheduled
NDEP continues to receive positive feedback about the Welcome to the Road to Health introductory webinars. NDEP has expanded its offerings to include the introductory webinar in Spanish (next date: May 17), as well as an implementation webinar in English that provides an overview of the Road to Health Training Guide and tips on planning and evaluation (next dates: May 9 and May 31). New dates are always being added so check the website regularly. To register for any of the Road to Health webinars, please visit

El NDEP continúa recibiendo comentarios muy positivos sobre las conferencias Web introductorias del Kit El camino hacia la buena salud.
Hemos expandido nuestros ofrecimientos y nuestra próxima sesión en español será ofrecida el 17 de mayo. También estamos ofreciendo la conferencia Web de implementación del Kit (sólo en inglés), que provee un vistazo del The Road to Health Training Guide y consejos sobre planificación y evaluación (Próximas fechas: 9 y 31 de mayo). Añadimos nuevas fechas y conferencias Web continuamente, así que le invitamos a que nos visite con regularidad. Para registrarse a cualquiera de nuestras conferencias Web, visite

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Mark Your Calendars: NDEP Resources You Can Use

NDEP has many 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 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. Add your organization’s logo to NDEP’s feature articles, press releases, media advisories, and public service announcements.

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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