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Jun 29, 2012
Maureen Sullivan-Tevault, R.N., C.E.N., C.D.E., is a long-time partner of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and regularly participates in the Program’s promotional activities. In addition to her health-related credentials, Maureen is also a stand up comic. She marries her interest and expertise in the two fields in the online radio show she co-hosts with her husband, Mike Tevault, R.N., called, The Health and Humor Hour. The program uses light-hearted humor to raise awareness of important health issues and to share critical health information. Maureen recently promoted the NDEP on the program and actively engaged NDEP via social media as well.
Outreach and Promotions
In March, Maureen focused her program on Diabetes Alert Day. During the hour-long show, Maureen engaged her audience with key NDEP messages to raise awareness and educate viewers about diabetes, diabetes risk factors, steps people can take to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes, and local and national diabetes resources. In supporting NDEP, Maureen promoted the Diabetes Risk Test, NDEP website, and NDEP Facebook page. NDEP’s public service announcements (PSAs) were also displayed on the radio set for online viewers to see. In addition to promoting NDEP resources, Maureen broadcasted an audio clip featuring an interview with NDEP Chair, Dr. John Buse, speaking about Diabetes Alert Day and the importance of knowing your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Maureen used social media to promote the NDEP and the diabetes-focused program on her Twitter page. To date, there have been more than 600 views to Maureen’s show focusing on Diabetes Alert Day. To learn more about using online and social media tools to promote your work with the NDEP, check out the Program’s social media web page.
For more information about Maureen’s activities, email her at Maureen@MaureenSullivanRN.com.
Jun 14, 2012
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:
- Is the target audience being reached?
- What is the quality of the activities?
- How do you improve the program's activities?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jun 01, 2012
Founded in October 2001, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) is dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting professionals in the retirement, assisted living, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields to dispel society's myths about aging. The ICAA works with NDEP to provide professionals who work with older adults resources for promoting diabetes prevention and management. The ICAA regularly shares NDEP messages and resources through a variety of print and online channels with its network of individual professionals and 9,200 organizations focused on active aging.
Outreach and Promotions
To help its members raise awareness and educate older adults about diabetes prevention and management, the ICAA created a National Diabetes Education Program Information Center page on its website. The page highlights NDEP’s offerings for older adults, such as the Power to Control Diabetes is in Your Hands, It’s Not Too Late To Prevent Diabetes, and The Road to Health Toolkit.
Additionally, the ICAA regularly includes information about NDEP in weekly newsletters and promotes NDEP public service announcements in its member publication, The Journal on Active Aging. Reaching more than 9,000 readers, the journal provides relevant research and ideas for wellness programs – a great channel for raising awareness of diabetes prevention and management.
For example, the journal featured an article written by NDEP subject matter experts focused on prevention of type 2 diabetes. The goal of the article was to educate active aging professionals about type 2 diabetes and the results of the Diabetes Prevention Program study, which showed that modest lifestyle changes such as weight loss, healthy eating, and physical activity could help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes in older adults. The article promoted NDEP tools and publications including the At-Risk Weight Charts, the Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes booklet, and the NDEP website.
May 08, 2012
In observance of Mother’s Day (May 13) and National Women’s Health Week (May 13-19), the NDEP is reminding women with a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) about their lifelong risk for developing diabetes, usually type 2. Women with a history of GDM have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years, and should get tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after their baby is born. If the test results show that blood sugar (or blood glucose) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diabetes (also called prediabetes), they should get tested every year. Otherwise, they should plan to get tested every 3 years. It’s also important to remember that the children of women who had GDM may be at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes in the future. Visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/GDM for more information about steps to take to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
If you’re looking for tips from a woman with a history of GDM, watch NDEP’s new video “The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes: Making Healthy Choices as a Family.” NDEP patient volunteer, Sandra Aguilar Scott, shares advice about preventing type 2 diabetes as a family.
Wondering how you can help spread the word?
- Click here for promotional resources to use in your community.
- “Like” the NDEP Facebook page and invite your Facebook friends to “Like” the page, too! You can also upload one of NDEP’s newly designed cover photos to your organization’s Facebook page.
- Follow NDEP on Twitter and use the hash tag gestational #diabetes.
Mar 28, 2012
The Diabetes Community Action Coalition of Fulton County in Atlanta, Georgia hit the streets to promote and distribute NDEP’s messages to high-risk minority populations at worksites, free clinics, health fairs, senior centers, the YMCA, various meetings, and neighborhood events throughout the city of Atlanta. Formed in March 2011, the Coalition collaborates with over 90 member organizations in an effort to reduce the health and financial burden that diabetes is placing on the county.
Outreach and Promotions
The Coalition developed a diabetes awareness campaign using and adapting NDEP materials, including NDEP’s 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life., Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, and “Know Your Diabetes ABCs, Just Like You Know Your Other Numbers” print PSA, which was modified to include a smoke-free message.
Additionally, the Coalition collaborated with the United Methodist Men to bring the “Know Your Diabetes ABCs” message to African American residents of the Pittsburgh neighborhood at a Community Forum and Rally. The Pittsburgh community is the oldest and one of the poorest African American neighborhoods in Atlanta. Compared to the city of Atlanta where 24% of the households live below the poverty level, 40% of the households in this historic neighborhood live in poverty. During the rally, the Coalition engaged residents and distributed 100 bags filled with NDEP’s diabetes management materials and 25 bags filled with NDEP’s prevention materials. In addition to NDEP materials, the Atlanta Regional Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured was shared to address the health disparities related to access to health care.
The Coalition continues to serve the Pittsburgh community through a partnership with the Center for Black Women’s Wellness through its Safety Net Clinic and Healthy Start program.
For more information, contact Vicki Karnes at email@example.com.