National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
September 2011
Volume 7, Issue 9

NDEP’s Updated Team Care Guide: Promote a Team Approach to Diabetes Care

NDEP’s updated guide, Redesigning the Health Care Team: Diabetes Prevention and Lifelong Management (Team Care guide), is now available. The Team Care guide was developed to provide practical resources to help health care professionals and organizations implement collaborative, multidisciplinary team care for adults and children with diabetes in a variety of settings. The Team Care guide also includes:

  • Evidence that supports team care as a component of effective diabetes management
  • Steps for forming and maintaining a successful team
  • Case studies demonstrating real-world team care in traditional and nontraditional settings

Team care is a key component of health care reform initiatives that incorporate an integrated health care delivery system, especially those initiatives for chronic disease prevention and management. A team approach can lower risk factors for type 2 diabetes, improve diabetes management, lower risk for complications, and result in positive health outcomes for people with or at risk for diabetes.

To view, download, or order your free copy of Redesigning the Health Care Team: Diabetes Prevention and Lifelong Management, visit NDEP’s website at Order by phone by calling 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337), TTY: 1-866-569-1162.

Redesigning the Health Care Team: Diabetes Prevention and Lifelong Management

Get Ready for the NDEP Partnership Network Meeting

Join us in Atlanta on October 2-3 at the Emory Conference Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tom Harkin Global Communication Center to “Celebrate NDEP Success: Past, Present, and Future.” This exciting meeting will engage, energize, and equip partners to collaborate with NDEP to address the growing diabetes epidemic in this ever-changing environment and will bring together more than 150 of your colleagues, friends, and partners. Click here to learn more and to register onlineExternal Web Site Policy.

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September Observances: Healthy Aging Month, Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month, and National Preparedness Month

September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance designed to focus on the positive aspects of growing older. For people with diabetes and those at risk for type 2 diabetes, this month is a great time to make changes to live a healthier, longer life. As people age, their risk for developing type 2 diabetes increases. But those at risk can prevent or delay the disease! Help older adults learn how to prevent type 2 diabetes with NDEP’s tip sheet, It’s Not Too Late to Prevent Diabetes. NDEP also has resources to help people living with diabetes prevent complications and live a long and healthy life. Share NDEP’s Dealing with a Diabetes Diagnosis as an Older Adult article and The Power to Control Diabetes is in Your Hands brochure—available in English and Spanish. To learn more about diabetes in older adults, check out NDEP’s fact sheet, The Diabetes Epidemic Among Older Adults.

September also is Fruits & Veggies — More Matters MonthExternal Web Site Policy. In honor of this observance, NDEP is encouraging people to fill their plates with colorful fruits and vegetables. During the fall season, take advantage of delicious, in-season produce, such as apples, pumpkins, broccoli, carrots, pears, and oranges.

For resources to encourage people to improve their health by eating fruits and vegetables, share NDEP’s Eat Fruits & Veggies to Lose Weight & Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes feature article and CDC’s Explore the World with Fruits and VegetablesExternal Web Site Policy kit. For tips on eating healthy, read NDEP’s Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Make Healthy Food Choices (also available in Spanish). Don’t know what to make for dinner? Try a recipe from Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families, NDEP’s bilingual recipe booklet.

National Preparedness Month is also observed in September. Do you have a plan that helps you and your loved ones prepare for a manmade or natural disaster? Get more information on diabetes and disaster preparedness on the CDC web site. Web Site Policy

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Hispanic Heritage Month Begins September 15

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15 through October 15. It is a time when the nation recognizes the culture, contributions, and heritage of Hispanic/Latino Americans. This year’s theme is “Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership.” In support of this observance, NDEP continues to spread the word that Hispanics/Latinos and other ethnic populations are disproportionately affected by diabetes and to share ways these groups can reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes and prevent or delay diabetes complications. To learn more about diabetes in Hispanic/Latino populations, check out NDEP’s The Diabetes Epidemic Among Hispanic and Latino Americans fact sheet.

NDEP has English- and Spanish-language resources to help Hispanics/Latinos prevent and manage diabetes. Help Hispanics/Latinos in your community reduce their risk for diabetes with NDEP’s Paso a Paso tip sheet; Road to Health toolkit, training guide, and training video; Ten Ways Hispanics/Latinos Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes feature article; and the Movimiento por su vida CDs/DVDs. For people with diabetes, share NDEP’s Consejos para jóvenes con diabetes English/Spanish bilingual teen tip sheet series.

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Step by Step. (Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2. Paso a paso)

Hot Off the Press!

4 Pasos para controlar la diabetes de por vida (4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life.)
NDEP’supdated4 Pasos para controlar la diabetes de por vida booklet is now available. The booklet outlines four key steps that help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes. This resource is designed for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or for those who wish to learn more about the disease. The booklet has been updated using an easy-to-read format to help people with diabetes and their health care team take actions to better manage their diabetes and lower their risk for complications.

Online Only: NDEP’s new Recipe Card Set 1: It’s More than Food, It’s Life
NDEP’s new recipe card set showcases four recipes specifically designed for Hispanics/Latinos. Available in English and Spanish, the recipes are accompanied by their nutritional facts table and total servings. The set includes the following recipes: Rice with Chicken, Avocado Tacos, Tropical Fruit Fantasia, and Spanish Omelet. This resource is only available online.

It’s More than Food, It’s Life: Recipe Card Set 1

Exploring Diabetes HealthSense

Each month, NDEP will explore a different resource to help familiarize you with what’s available in Diabetes HealthSense.

NDEP recently unveiled Diabetes HealthSense, an online library of resources to help people live well and achieve their goals—whether they have diabetes or are at risk for the disease. Diabetes HealthSense is designed to provide access to a variety of behavior change and coping resources.

One resource you can find in Diabetes HealthSense is the American Diabetes Association’s Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk: Patient Education ToolkitExternal Web Site Policy, which includes patient educational information, available in English and Spanish, on a variety of cardiometabolic risk factors, such as high blood glucose, hypertension, obesity, abnormal lipid metabolism, smoking, and physical inactivity. Each handout provides suggestions for helping patients change their behaviors to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

To view this toolkit and other resources for helping patients live well, visit Diabetes HealthSense at

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Announcements from NDEP & Partners

NDEP Announces “Make a Plan to Prevent Diabetes and Its Complications” as Its Theme for National Diabetes Month
NDEP is proud to support National Diabetes Month. This year, NDEP’s theme, “Make a Plan to Prevent Diabetes and Its Complications,”will focus on helping 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. Learn more about how you can help support NDEP’s National Diabetes Month outreach efforts and find free resources to use in your community at Stay tuned for more information about NDEP’s National Diabetes Month offerings in next month’s issue of News & Notes.

“Heading Back to School with Diabetes” Radio Media Tour
It’s back-to-school season and former NDEP Chair Francine Kaufman, M.D., participated in a national radio media tour to raise awareness about the importance of managing diabetes in youth, particularly in the school setting, and as youth transition from pediatric to adult health care. To listen to an excerpt from one of Dr. Kaufman’s interviews, click hereExternal Web Site Policy.

NIH HEALTHY Study Materials Now Available to the Public
The National Institutes of Health recently made publicly available the classroom curricula and other materials developed for the HEALTHY Study, which can be found at www.healthystudy.orgExternal Web Site Policy.

The goal of the HEALTHY Study was to determine whether changes in school food services; longer, more intense periods of physical education; and classroom activities to promote behavior change would lower risk factors for type 2 diabetes. The HEALTHY Study was conducted in middle schools with a high enrollment of minority children and youth from low-income families, as these populations are at a particularly high risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. The intervention was found to lower the obesity rate in students at highest risk for type 2 diabetes—those who started out overweight or obese in the 6th grade.

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 September, the Spotlight is on the following partner:

  • The Texas Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (TX DPCP), for adapting and incorporating NDEP resources in community outreach efforts for National Diabetes Month

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

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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:

  • Healthier Federal Workers 2011External Web Site Policy
    September 14-16, 2011, Washington, D.C.
    Pam Allweiss, M.D., M.P.H., will present a session on worksite wellness and resources such as NDEP’s DiabetesAtWork website. Other NDEP products will be displayed in the exhibit area.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians' 2011 AAFP Scientific Assembly
    September 14-17, 2011, Orlando, Fla.
  • World Dental CongressExternal Web Site Policy
    September 15-18 Mexico City, Mexico
    Martin Gillis DDS, MaED, George Taylor DMD, DrPH and Pam Allweiss MD, MPH will present a session on oral health and diabetes. NDEP resources such as the PPOD Primer will be presented.
  • American Dietetic AssociationExternal Web Site Policy
    Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo
    September 24-27, 2011, San Diego, Calif.
    Martha Funnell, M.S., R.N., C.D.E., NDEP Chair, and Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D., NDEP Director at NIH, will be presenting a session entitled, Self-Directed Behavior Change: Resources to Improve Health Outcomes. The session will address the challenges and opportunities facing registered dietitians and other health care professionals in working with patients, families, and communities to make positive, long-lasting lifestyle changes to improve health.
  • American Academy of PediatricsExternal Web Site Policy
    Energize 2011 National Conference & Exhibition
    October 15-18, 2011, Boston, Mass.

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