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Diabetes Resources for Schools and Youth

Students with diabetes are more likely to succeed in school when the student’s school health team and the student’s personal diabetes health care team work together. NDEP offers information about diabetes in children and teens as well as tools and resources to help them manage their diabetes.

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Diabetes Resources for Schools

Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel

Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel
NDEP offers a comprehensive resource guide to help students with diabetes, their health care team, school staff, and parents work together to provide optimal diabetes management in the school setting.

Promote the Guide to your community. NDEP has a full promotional kit including a presentation, newsletter article, and social media messages to help partners promote effective diabetes management in school settings.

Resources for School Personnel

Resources for School Personnel
NDEP’s Diabetes HealthSense tool has classroom activities, after-school activities, curricula, and other resources to promote healthy living with your students.

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Diabetes Education for Children and Adolescents

About 208,000 young people under 20 years of age have diabetes. About 208,000 young people under 20 years of age have diabetes. Most of them have type 1 diabetes. As obesity rates in children continue to soar, type 2 diabetes, a disease that used to be seen primarily in adults over age 45, is becoming more common in young people.

Learn how to lower the risk for getting type 2 diabetes and learn more about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including how to manage the disease for health and well-being.

Be Active! (¡Mantente activo!)

Be Active! (¡Mantente activo!)
Being active keeps your body healthy and strong and gives you more energy. It can help you think and be more alert in school. It can also help you stay at a healthy weight or help you lose weight slowly.

What Is Diabetes? (¿Que es la diabetes?)

What Is Diabetes? (¿Que es la diabetes?)
This tip sheet provides useful information about diabetes and encourages children and adolescents to take action to manage their disease for a long and healthy life.

Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes (Disminuye tu riesgo de desarrollar la diabetes tipo 2)

Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes (Disminuye tu riesgo de desarrollar la diabetes tipo 2)
Diabetes means that blood glucose (GLOO-kos), also called blood sugar, is too high. Glucose comes from the food we eat and is needed to fuel our bodies.

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Diabetes Education for Parents

When Your Child is Diagnosed with Diabetes: Parents’ Questions for the Health Care Team

When Your Child is Diagnosed with Diabetes: Parents’ Questions for the Health Care Team Parents of children with diabetes often have concerns about the disease, its impact on their family, and how to keep their children safe and healthy. Use these questions to talk with your child’s health care team and learn about your child’s diabetes care needs.

Transitions: From Pediatric to Adult Health Care
NDEP has assembled materials to help teens and young adults with diabetes make a smooth transition to adult health care. Families and health care professionals will also find these materials helpful.

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Related Resources

Directory: Resources for Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
This directory lists government agencies, professional organizations, and voluntary associations that provide information and resources related to diabetes in children and adolescents. Some of these organizations offer educational materials and support to people with diabetes and the general public, while others primarily serve health care professionals.

School Nurse News
An independent publication developed specifically to meet the needs of school nurses and other health care professionals serving children and adolescents in the school setting.

NASN School Nurse
A bimonthly peer-reviewed journal that covers the field of school nursing. Its mission is to enhance school nursing practice by facilitating communication and the exchange of information and experience.

Overview of Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
This overview provides health care professionals, including school health personnel, with current statistics and care recommendations for youth with diabetes.



The National Diabetes Education Program thanks the members of the Children and Adolescents with Diabetes Stakeholder Group for their assistance in developing and updating materials on the Diabetes Resources for School and Youth page. The following members participated in 2013 updates: Sarah Butler, Jay Cohen, Jeff Hitchcock, Jane Kadohiro, Barbara Linder, Saul Malozowski, Regan Minners, Donald Orr , Michelle Owens-Gary, Tanya Pagán Raggio-Ashley, Christina Roth, Janet Silverstein, Heather Speer, and Katherine Tuttle.



Quiz for Teens with Diabetes

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5 Things You May Not Know About Managing Your Diabetes
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Focus on Diabetes Research

The TODAY Study The TODAY Study was a randomized clinical trial to compare the efficacy and safety of three interventions to treat adolescents and youth with type 2 diabetes.

NIH Logo NIH study examines treatment options for type 2 diabetes in youth, 2012 release

The Healthy Study The Healthy Study, which was designed to moderate risk factors for type 2 diabetes in adolescents, involved 42 middle schools and followed students from 6th grade to the end of 8th grade.

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Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel

Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel

(NDEP-61)

This comprehensive resource guide helps students with diabetes, their health care team, school staff, and parents work together to provide optimal diabetes management in the school setting. View or download promotional tools.

Tips for Teens: Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Tips for Teens: Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

(NDEP-87)

This tip sheet encourages teens to take steps to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes and provides advice on reaching a healthy weight and leading an active lifestyle.  It includes healthy food and activity guides.

Tips for Teens with Diabetes: What is Diabetes?

Tips for Teens with Diabetes: What is Diabetes?

(NDEP-63)

This tip sheet provides useful information about diabetes and encourages teens to take action to manage their disease for a long and healthy life.

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When Your Child Is Diagnosed with DIABETES: Parents' Questions for the Health Care Team

When Your Child Is Diagnosed with DIABETES: Parents' Questions for the Health Care Team

A list of questions to ask the doctor when your child is diagnosed with diabetes.

School Nurse News

School Nurse News

An independent publication developed specifically to meet the needs of school nurses and other healthcare professionals serving children and adolescents in the school setting. This publication provides practical, timely, useful information that can be used in the school health care professional's role...

Help Your Teen Deal with the Ups & Downs of Diabetes

Help Your Teen Deal with the Ups & Downs of Diabetes

Teens may sometimes have feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness, and fear, or they may blame themselves or their family for their diabetes. These feelings are normal every now and then. But in order to feel better, teens need to learn to take charge of their diabetes – and families can help.

Heading Back to School with Diabetes

Heading Back to School with Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. For students with diabetes and their parents, getting ready for a new school year includes a lot more than buying new clothes, backpacks, notebooks, and pens. It means buying a whole list of diabetes supplies to keep at school -- but also...

Ten Smart Snacks for Teens

Ten Smart Snacks for Teens

Teens can lower their risk for the disease if they stay at a healthy weight by being active and choosing the right amounts of healthy foods – including snacks.

NASN School Nurse

NASN School Nurse

A bimonthly peer-reviewed journal that covers the field of school nursing. Its mission is to enhance school nursing practice by facilitating communication and the exchange of information and experience.

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