National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
June 2012
Volume 8, Issue 6

NDEP and Partners: Celebrating 15 Years Working Together to Change the Way Diabetes is Treated

As NDEP prepares to celebrate its 15th Anniversary year starting this June, we want to thank our partners for the instrumental role they have played in NDEP's success. NDEP's Anniversary theme - Changing the Way Diabetes Is Treated - is just as relevant now as it was in 1997.

What has made NDEP unique and enduring over the past 15 years is its robust Partnership Network, which represents a varied and diverse group of organizations and individuals on the front lines of diabetes prevention and management.

As the NDEP looks to the future, we will continue to work with our partners to bring together leading experts to translate and deliver the latest evidence-based messages about diabetes prevention and management to millions of Americans in communities across the country.

We encourage partners to visit NDEP's 15th Anniversary webpage at This webpage will be updated throughout the year with NDEP highlights over the past 15 years — showcasing partner accomplishments and testimonials. In addition, partners can find promotional tools and resources to celebrate their involvement with NDEP, such as:

  • NDEP's 15th Anniversary logo: Incorporate NDEP's 15th Anniversary logo in your promotional materials this year.
  • NDEP's 15th Anniversary web button: Post this button on your website or blog and share it with your constituents.
  • Template News Release: Customize this template news release to promote your organizations' successes in partnership with NDEP.

Stay tuned for more in the coming months!

NDEP 15th Anniversary

Day is June 17 and National Menís Health Week is June 11-17

Father's Day and National Men's Health Week are great opportunities to help men in your community learn how to prevent type 2 diabetes or manage the disease. Nearly 12 percent of men ages 20 or older—about 13 million men—have diabetes. Share the real life experiences of NDEP volunteers Haywood, David, and Sterling, who are making lifestyle changes to take control of their health. Use NDEP's Get Real! You Don't Have to Knock Yourself Out to Prevent Diabetes for tips on getting physically active and eating healthy to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Father's Day

Vacationing this Summer? Stay Healthy On-the-Go!

Millions of people with diabetes will travel as part of their summer vacation, and while they can't take a vacation from their diabetes, they can plan ahead to have a relaxing, safe trip. Help people with diabetes learn how to prepare for their summer vacations with NDEP's "Have Diabetes. Will Travel." and "Preventing Type 2 Diabetes When You're On-the-Go" feature articles and "Diabetes Travel Tips" video. You can also share NIDDK's "When You're Away from Home" for tips to stay healthy while traveling.

With barbeques, carnivals, and other special occasions during the summer, choosing healthy foods can also be challenging. Share NDEP's "Summer Eating Tips" to help people with diabetes eat healthy and still enjoy the foods summer has to offer.

Summer Vacation

Announcements from NDEP & Partners

Partners Shine in NDEP's Partner Spotlight
This month, NDEP is shining its Partner Spotlight on The International Council on Active Aging, for joining NDEP in promoting healthy living for older adults managing or preventing diabetes. Read more about how this NDEP partner is promoting NDEP's messages.

New Member of the Road to Health Toolkit Family: Evaluation Guide
You asked for it, and we delivered! NDEP's Road to Health Evaluation Guide is now available in English and Spanish for people who use the Road to Health Toolkit. The guide includes simple tools to assess the following:

  1. Is the target audience being reached?
  2. What is the quality of the activities?
  3. How do you improve the program's activities?
  4. How do you monitor the participants' behavior changes?

Extra, Extra! New Bonus! Join the NDEP Road to Health Implementers Community! This learning community is for people who use the Road to Health Toolkit as a resource to manage diabetes prevention activities. Find and share lessons learned, tools, and resources to support the implementation of the toolkit.

For more information about the Road to Health Evaluation Guide or to join the Road to Health Implementers community, contact Betsy Rodríguez, CDC/NDEP Deputy Director at

NDEP Posters Available to Order
The NDEP is offering partners up to 25 free copies of the following posters to use in your outreach activities or offices:

  • Two reasons I find time to prevent diabetes…my future and theirs. This poster is geared towards Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander audiences. It is available in the following languages: Cambodian, Chinese, Chamorro, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, and Vietnamese. Please specify preferred language(s) when ordering.
  • We Have the Power to Prevent Diabetes. This poster is geared towards American Indian and Alaska Native audiences and is available in English only.

Email to order yours today!

NKDEP Offers New Online Resources
Check out the National Kidney Disease Education Program's (NKDEP) redesigned website with improved navigation and expanded and easy to read content. The NKDEP website has resources for health care professionals, patients, and organizations. If you're a health care professional who sees patients, visit NKDEP's Identify and Manage Patients section for evidence-based information to assist with patient management. You can also share content with patients from the site's Learn about Kidney Disease page, Living with Kidney Disease page, and the patient-tested Spanish-language micro-site. Additionally, the Get Involved section has resources for organizations interested in helping NKDEP raise awareness about kidney disease.

New Federal Report on Diabetes & Other Health Care Quality & Disparities
Compared to whites, African Americans are more than four times as likely to be hospitalized for uncontrolled diabetes without complications and Hispanics two times as likely, according to the 2011 National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report by the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). African Americans and Hispanics also lag behind whites in most chronic kidney disease measures.

By showing national trends on the quality of health care provided to the American people and prevailing disparities in access to care, the reports are designed to inform discussions among policymakers, elected officials, health care leaders and others so they can take steps to address gaps in quality care and access to services.

This year's reports include new data on the adoption of electronic health record systems in hospitals and home health and hospice agencies, adolescent health, and musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis. To order a print copy, email or call 1–800–358–9295.

Be prepared. Hurricane season starts June 1.
Know what to do BEFORE a disaster strikes. Click here to find preparedness resources for people with diabetes from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC).


On the Road with NDEP

Stop by and visit NDEP at the following upcoming presentations and exhibits:

If you're presenting at a conference this summer, don't forget that NDEP has many PowerPoint presentations that you can use to help promote NDEP resources. Use these PowerPoints as standalone presentations or add to an existing presentation.

On the Road with NDEP