November is National Diabetes Month
Sep 14, 2012
This November, in observance of National Diabetes Month, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and its partners are Changing the Way Diabetes is Treated by helping people better understand how to make the necessary changes in their day-to-day life in order to prevent type 2 diabetes, manage their diabetes to prevent complications, and live healthier lives.
Many people know WHAT to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out HOW to do it and fit it into their daily routine that’s challenging. The NDEP provides a number of tools to help people better understand HOW to make changes to stay healthy and take steps to reach and maintain their health goals:
- NDEP’s online library of behavior change resources, Diabetes HealthSense, provides users with a searchable database of research, tools, and programs to address the wide array of psychosocial and lifestyle-change challenges associated with diabetes self-management. Resources included in Diabetes HealthSense have been reviewed by a team of leading independent experts on psychosocial issues with specific expertise in the science of behavior change.
- Change begins with just one step. If you are ready to take the first step toward better health, the NDEP’s Just One Step resource is a great place to start. This tool helps you identify one small step to take for a short period of time (such as one month) to begin to implement healthy changes.
- Once you have taken the first step or steps, you may need help making these changes stick as part of a daily routine. This becomes much easier if you ‘Make A Plan’. NDEP’s Make A Plan tool can help you think about what is important to your health and how to make a plan to take small, but important steps to help you reach your goal.
Visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/DiabetesMonth to explore NDEP’s behavior change tools and for promotional resources you can use to promote National Diabetes Month in your community.