National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
March 2012
Volume 8, Issue 3

In Recognition of American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, Encourage People to Know Their Risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Take Just One Step Toward Better Health

In observance of American Diabetes Association Alert Day® on Tuesday, March 27, NDEP joins its partners in raising awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes. This year, the NDEP encourages people to know their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk Test, and, if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, take Just One Step toward better health with NDEP's Just One Step online tool.

To help people spread the word, the NDEP has developed many promotional resources for partners to use in their local communities. Visit to find these resources, many of which are also available in Spanish. In addition to the Diabetes Risk Test and Just One Step tool, NDEP offers template materials that partners can customize and use such as:

American Diabetes Association Alert Day

"Get Your Plate in Shape" in Support of National Nutrition Month

In recognition of National Nutrition Month this March, "Get Your Plate in Shape" to help people make healthy food choices, such as eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Such eating habits are an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and may help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in people at risk or prevent diabetes-related complications in people with the disease. Help people learn how to take steps toward healthy eating with NDEP's Small Steps for Eating Healthy Foods. Keep track of what you're eating by using NDEP's fat and calorie counter and food andactivity tracker. Make healthy foods for the entire family with NDEP's Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families recipe booklet and recipe card set one and two. To learn more about small steps for healthy eating to help you manage your weight, watch NDEP's Healthy Eating with Diabetes video.

National Nutrition Month

March is National Kidney Month

In support of National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day (March 8), the NDEP and the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) are working to raise awareness about kidney health. Having undiagnosed or untreated diabetes is a major cause of kidney disease. Recognizing that African Americans have a higher rate of kidney failure than any other group of people, NKDEP is reaching out to African-American faith organizations around the country conducting health information sessions focused on kidney disease education.

NKDEP will hold its inaugural national Kidney Sundays event on March 25. Using the newly-revised Kidney Sundays Toolkit, faith organizations will discuss the risk factors of kidney disease – which include diabetes and high blood pressure – and help congregants learn how to live longer, healthier lives. If you want to get involved with this initiative, use the Kidney Sundays Toolkit to help you have a conversation about kidney disease with friends, family, co-workers, or community groups.

For information from NDEP about kidney disease and diabetes, check out NDEP's 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life. brochure and "Take Care of Your Diabetes to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy" feature article.

Alert day

Hot Off the Press

You Are the Heart of Your Family…Take Care of It. (Usted es el corazón de la familia… cuide su corazón.) Flipchart Presentation can help health educators teach Hispanic and Latino Americans about the link between diabetes and heart disease. The flipchart now includes easy-to-understand illustrations, scripted presentations, and questions to facilitate discussion. The flipchart also contains two new copier-ready handouts—Learn how to read food labels and What and how much should I eat?— in addition to the updated tip sheets, Help a Loved One with Diabetes (English and Spanish) and You Are the Heart of Your Family… Take Care of It. (Usted es el corazón de la familia…cuide su corazón.).

Hot Off the Press

Announcements from NDEP & Partners

Partners Shine in NDEP's Partner Spotlight
In March, NDEP's Partner Spotlight is on the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, for using NDEP resources to promote monthly diabetes themes.

Upcoming Webinar: Diabetes and Nutrition in the Latino Community
The "Diabetes and Nutrition in the Latino Community" webinar, held on Wednesday, March 21 at 1:00–2:00 PM EST, is designed to help healthcare professionals, community health workers, and promotores learn about the role that nutrition plays in managing and preventing diabetes. The webinar will focus on culturally-oriented nutrition education information, including resources from NDEP, that can help improve the lives of Hispanics or Latinos with diabetes or at risk for the disease. Click Here to Register. Conference number: 1473484; Passcode: 6816585

NDEP's First CDC Director Wins 2011 HHS Departmental Award for Career Achievement
image of Faye WongNDEP congratulates Faye Wong, M.P.H., R.D., on receiving the 2011 HHS Departmental Award for Career Achievement. This distinguished award is highly competitive, as nominees must have 10 years or more of HHS service, an impeccable record of outstanding achievements, and a high standard of excellence and dedication throughout their career. In addition to her achievements with NDEP, Faye served as founding director of CDC's award-winning VERB national media campaign, which demonstrated increased physical activity in a unique, hard-to-reach group; children age 9–13 (tweens). She is currently the Branch Chief, Program Services Branch, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at CDC.

Join NDEP's New Online Partner Community
NDEP is pleased to announce the launch of the NDEP Partnership Network on phConnect, an online network developed to enhance public health collaboration. This online community will serve as a forum where NDEP partners can exchange information, share resources, and network with NDEP and each other. Click here to visit the NDEP community on phConnect. For more information, please contact Alexis Williams at

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