National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
January 2012
Volume 8, Issue 1

NDEP's New Leaders: Dr. John Buse and Ms. Wanda Montalvo

The NDEP is honored to welcome John Buse, M.D., Ph.D., as the Program's new chair, and Wanda Montalvo, R.N., M.S.N., A.N.P., who will serve as NDEP's new Operations Committee chair. Dr. Buse and Ms. Montalvo will serve in these roles for two–year terms.

Dr. Buse's leadership role with the NDEP builds on notable accomplishments spanning more than 25 years. Currently a medical professor at UNC–Chapel Hill, he serves as the director of the Diabetes Care Center, chief of the Division of Endocrinology and executive associate dean for clinical research, and works within the leadership of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, home of the UNC NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards. He has played key roles in numerous multicenter clinical trials, including two major NIH–sponsored trials: ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes), for which he serves as study vice–chair, and STOPP–T2D (Studies to Treat Or Prevent Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes). Buse served as 2008 president, medicine and science, of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), for which he has also chaired many committees and task forces.

Ms. Montalvo is an executive nurse leader with expertise in quality improvement, project implementation, strategic planning, community health collaboration, as well as health policy. Ms. Montalvo has been an active and engaged partner in NDEP activities for many years. Most recently she was the Clinical Director for the New York State Diabetes Campaign sponsored by NYSHealth Foundation where she expanded clinical and community partnerships, leveraged resources to support statewide diabetes training for clinicians and community members using NDEP's Road to Health Toolkit, and implemented strategies to increase the number of clinicians with NCQA/BTE Diabetes Provider Recognition. Prior to joining NYSHealth, she was the Chief Clinical Program Officer at the Community Health Care Association of New York State. She is a recipient of the Healthy Youth for a Health Future Champion Award from the U.S. Surgeon General, the Quality Center of the Bureau of Primary Health Care Outstanding Achievement Award, and a RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow 2004–2007 as well as a National Advisory Committee member for Partners Investing in Nursing.

Dr. Buse and Ms. Montalvo succeed Martha (Marti) Funnell, M.S., R.N., and Jeffrey Caballero, M.P.H. – whose leadership and dedication has moved NDEP forward to advance its mission and strengthen partner engagement with the NDEP. The NDEP is extremely grateful to Ms. Funnell and Mr. Caballero for their years of support and look forward to their continued involvement with the NDEP in the years to come!

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Set and Reach New Year's Resolution Goals with NDEP

It's January – a time when people set sights on change and new beginnings. The New Year is a great time to think about lifestyle changes to improve health. The key to reaching health resolutions – and keeping them up all year long – is to set a goal and make a plan. NDEP's New Year's Resolution Maker can help people choose a goal and take the first step in making a lifestyle change. And once a resolution is set, it can be shared with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter!

After setting a goal with NDEP's New Year's Resolution Maker, NDEP's Make a Plan page can help people make a plan that is right for them. NDEP's Diabetes HealthSense – an online library of more than 140 resources from more than 70 organizations – has resources to help people learn how to make positive lifestyle changes. For more tips on setting goals, check out NDEP's Setting Goals to Improve Your Health video. Share the video on your website or via social media channels to encourage others to learn about setting goals.

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NDEP Has Resources to Help You Support January Observances

In support of Family Fit Lifestyle Month and Healthy Weight Week (January 15–21), the NDEP encourages people to get active and eat healthy with their families. For people with diabetes, physical activity and healthy food choices can help improve blood glucose levels. For people at risk for type 2 diabetes, a 5 to 7 percent weight loss (10 to 14 pounds for a person of 200 pounds) accomplished through increased physical activity and healthier food choices can prevent or delay the onset of the disease. Help people at risk for diabetes set goals and implement a plan to eating healthy and get active with NDEP's three–booklet package, Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (Mi plan de acción para prevenir la diabetes tipo 2). If you work in a small group setting, use Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention to teach small groups to set goals for healthy lifestyle changes around food and physical activity. Also, get the whole family moving with the upbeat music on NDEP's Step by Step and Movimiento por su vida CDs and discover tips and recipes to help people eat better as a family in NDEP's Eat Fruits and Veggies to Lose Weight & Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes feature article and Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families bilingual recipe booklet.

January is also National Glaucoma Awareness Month. If you have diabetes, it is important to get routine care, which includes getting a dilated eye exam to check for eye problems at least once a year. Visit the National Eye InstituteExternal Web Site Policy for more information about diabetes and your eyes.

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Hot Off the Press! New and Updated Publications from NDEP

Fotonovela: Do it for them! But also for yourself helps Hispanic/Latina women at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and their families. The visually attractive and engaging story – told in both English and Spanish – uses role models to demonstrate how women can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes through increased physical activity, making healthy food choices, and weight loss. This format is especially effective for people with low literacy. You can use this fotonovela to:

  • Encourage healthy behavior
  • Teach steps toward positive choices
  • Support face–to–face education by lay–health workers
  • Reinforce clinical recommendations
  • Initiate discussion among a group or at meetings
  • Encourage self–identification of risk factors
  • Raise awareness
  • Support community education outreach

Living a Balanced Life with Diabetes: A Toolkit Addressing Psychosocial Issues for American Indian and Alaska Native Peoples can help health care professionals address psychosocial issues with American Indian and Alaska Native Peoples. The toolkit contains a variety of culturally appropriate materials, including:

  • A book and audio CD, Using our Wit and Wisdom to Live Well with Diabetes, about the author's efforts to prevent diabetes and dispel myths.
  • Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice: Depression Care, providing guidance on how to screen and treat depression, and when to refer for specialized care.
  • Health for Native Life magazine articles on anger, grief, and trauma from an American Indian and Alaska Native perspective.
  • Depression screening tools including the Patient Health Questionnaire–9 and a Depression Checklist for patients.
  • Tip sheets for patients on as self–esteem, alcohol and tobacco use, and healthy food choices.
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline magnets, with toll–free hotlines, including one especially for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.
  • Resource List.

To order your free Living a Balanced Life with Diabetes toolkit or to promote the toolkit, please send your name and full mailing address (organization name, street address, city, zip code) to Michelle Owens–Gary, Ph.D., at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

Easy–to–Read Tip Sheets, Now in Spanish
These updated NDEP tip sheets–now available in Spanish–are easier to read, with more descriptive pictures, larger font, and an enhanced focus on actionable items.

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Announcements from NDEP & Partners

Partners Shine in NDEP's Partner Spotlight
In January, NDEP's Partner Spotlight is on the Nevada Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (NDPCP), for using NDEP's Road to Health Toolkit and other adult learning tools to improve self–care for Latino/Hispanic communities.

Check out NDEP's 2012 Outreach and Promotional Plan: At–A–Glance
This resource highlights NDEP's promotional activities throughout the year and can help you get ideas for incorporating NDEP's messages and resources into your activities.

It's Still 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. 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 moreExternal Web Site Policy about the flu and diabetes.

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