National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
January 2010
Volume 6, Issue 1

Check Out NDEP’s New Online Tool: Support for Behavior Change

NDEP’s new Support for Behavior Change Resource (SBCR) is now available on the NDEP website in its entirety!

This user-friendly resource was developed to provide easy access to existing research articles, tools, and programs that address the “how to” of psychosocial issues, lifestyle, and behavior change. All materials have been independently reviewed by experts in psychosocial issues and behavior change.

The Research Article section of the SBCR, which is aimed at health care professionals, includes 38 research articles. The Tools and Programs section includes links to more than 100 tools and programs that will help you work with people to make and sustain lifestyle changes. This section is geared towards consumers interested in adopting healthy behaviors. It is also for health care professionals and community groups interested in helping their patients and communities make and sustain healthy behaviors.

All materials included in the SBCR can be sorted by target areas, including physical activity, smoking cessation, weight management, healthy eating, and coping and emotions. You can search the research articles by behavioral strategies, including patient empowerment, motivational interviewing, and counseling. Tools and programs can also be sorted by type of user, such as people with diabetes, people at risk, health care professionals, and children and teens. Stay tuned to future issues of News & Notes to learn when we will begin accepting new submissions.

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New Control Campaign Tool – “A Guide to Changing Habits” – Now Available Online

NDEP is excited to introduce a new resource to add to its Control Your Diabetes. For Life. campaign. A handout originally developed by the American Diabetes Association, “A Guide to Changing Habits” is now available on the NDEP website for NDEP partners to download for free in English and Spanish.

This handout, one of ADA’s easy-to-read series, demonstrates the benefits of setting goals and making changes to manage diabetes. The last page of the handout helps people with diabetes make a plan by setting goals, helping to facilitate behavior change similar to NDEP’s tools that are available within the new Support for Behavior Change Resource. NDEP encourages you to download and print copies of the handout for use with patients or in group settings, encourage your colleagues to use it, and promote this handout in presentations or at exhibits.

Don’t forget about the free resources and tools available to promote the Control campaign throughout 2010!

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Diane Tuncer Named NDEP-NIH Deputy Director

NDEP is proud to welcome Diane Tuncer as the new Deputy Director of NDEP at NIH!

Prior to joining NDEP, Diane was Managing Director of External Communications at the American Diabetes Association where she managed the Association’s scientific and medical communications and media outreach. Before joining the non-profit and government sector, Diane spent more than a dozen years in agency public relations and communications, providing social marketing, traditional public relations, integrated marketing communications, medical research recruitment, alliance building, and corporate communications support to nonprofit and government organizations, professional associations, pharmaceutical companies, and foundations.

Diane holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in marketing from the University of Maryland.

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Nominate Your NDEP Activity or Program for a Frankie Award

2010 Diabetes Translation Conference, April 13-16, 2010, Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, MO.

Have you used or implemented NDEP resources in a particularly innovative or effective way? Are you attending the 2010 CDC Diabetes Translation Conference in Kansas City in April?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, please nominate your program or activity for a 2010 Frankie Award. This year, the Frankies will be competitively judged and awarded in five categories:

  1. Use of Media to Promote NDEP
  2. Implementation of an NDEP Program through Interpersonal Channels
  3. Promotion of NDEP Resources to Address Disparities
  4. Collaborative Partnership Using NDEP Resources, and
  5. The Frank Vinicor Award of Excellence For Exemplary Use or Adaptation of NDEP Resources in a Comprehensive, Multifaceted Campaign to Address Behavior Change.

Awards will be presented at an evening ceremony on April 12, and awardees will have the opportunity to highlight their work at a poster session during the conference.

Submissions are due by February 26. Winners will be notified by March 15. Click here for more information and for a submission form.

Click here for more conference details.

NDEP’s Jonas Brothers PSA Campaign Receives Galaxy Award!

The 20th International GALAXY Awards Competition, honoring excellence in marketing, recently gave NDEP a Gold Award – its highest honor – for the Jonas Brothers print and radio public service announcements. Elements considered in the judging process included: how effectively the material met the stated objectives, how well the material was communicated to the designated audience, the use of imaginative and original solutions, and the overall expression of the message. This year, more than 520 entries were received from 16 countries.

Permission to use the radio PSAs expires March 31, 2010. Permission to use the print PSAs expires June 1, 2010. Until then, please continue to promote the radio and print PSAs in your communities.

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Spreading the Word: NDEP Partners at Work

A big NDEP thanks to all of our partners who promoted the refreshed Control Your Diabetes. For Life. campaign during November’s National Diabetes Awareness Month! Reminder: if you promoted NDEP’s diabetes control messages in November, please tell us about it. Send a description of your activities, photos, media results, and contact information to Rachel Byrd at Here are just a few examples that NDEP partners have shared with us:

Debra Williams, with the Jefferson County Diabetes Program in Beaumont, Texas, incorporated NDEP diabetes control messages in self-management and nutrition classes, and worked with parish nurses to spread NDEP messages and materials to an estimated 30,000 people in the church system. Debra also engaged a local radio station to air NDEP public service announcements throughout November.

Cindy Kozak, R.D., M.P.H., C.D.E. with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, in Hartford, displayed NDEP campaign posters in more than 200 libraries throughout the state and repurposed the control posters to be used as print ads for the Connecticut Department of Public Health newsletter. She sent posters to community health centers and diabetes educators, and ran ads in local newspapers.

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) promoted the new American Journal of Health Education (AJHE) supplement from NDEP, which was a collaboration between NDEP’s Diabetes in Children & Adolescent’s Work Group (CAWG) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD). This was a special supplement that included eight articles authored by CAWG members and their colleagues. Articles covered topics related to diabetes prevention and control among children and teens. NASN promoted the supplement in their Weekly Digest e-newsletter, which reaches more than 14,000 members, and also posted an announcement about the supplement on their Facebook page.

Check out NDEP’s Partner Spotlight webpage for more examples of partner initiatives to promote NDEP. Hats off to our NDEP partners for helping spread the word about diabetes control and prevention!

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APMA Webisode Reinforces NDEP’s Diabetes Control Messages

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recently launched a webisode series entitled “Inherit the Facts: Conversations on Diabetes.” This series includes first-hand accounts from patients about how diabetes has affected their lives. The series is a part of APMA’s 2009 diabetes campaign, “Diabetes is a Family Affair,” which aims to educate African Americans about their high rate of diabetes and encourages them to discuss their disease with family members. It emphasizes that early detection and treatment of complications from diabetes, such as foot ulcers, is important to treating the disease successfully and avoiding foot or leg amputation.

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NDEP Promotes Diabetes Prevention with Feature Article, “Every Family Has Secrets! Could Diabetes Be One of Them?” in January

NDEP is currently promoting a diabetes prevention message using a new feature article entitled, “Every Family Has Secrets! Could Diabetes Be One of Them?” authored by NDEP-NIH director Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D. The article, which is being distributed to general print and online publications, focuses on family risk of diabetes and provides tips on how to determine if a person is at risk and steps to prevent or delay the disease. For more tips to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, read NDEP’s GAME PLAN booklet.

NDEP encourages you to promote the feature article to local media and to your constituents. For example, add your organization’s logo, name, mission, and contact information to highlight how you and NDEP are working together. Then submit the article to your local newspaper or promote it in your organization’s newsletter.

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Mark Your Calendars: NDEP Resources You Can Use

In future issues of NEWS & NOTES look for NDEP promotional tools that are ready for you to personalize, customize, and distribute. For example, use our printer-ready public service announcements to make diabetes posters for upcoming events, health fairs, or your office. Use our customizable campaign resources and community toolkits to promote diabetes awareness in your community. Or take our feature articles, press releases and media advisories, and public service announcements, and add your organization’s logo.

Using social media? So are we! Don’t forget to follow NDEP on Twitter @NDEP, become a fan on Facebook, and look for our videos on YouTube. Feel free to “retweet” and share NDEP posts with your social media friends!

By using our promotional tools, everybody wins. Your constituents receive important health information, your organization receives good publicity, and you help NDEP continue to be the nation’s No. 1 resource for free information and materials on diabetes control and prevention. NEWS & NOTES features resources that tie into quarterly promotions and can help us promote NDEP together.

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Funding Announcements

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of $27 million to help older individuals with chronic conditions to improve their health and reduce their use of costly medical care. The funds are available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Eligible entities include all 50 states and U.S. territories. States will identify the communities and organizations that will be involved locally in the delivery of this program.

The deadline for applications is February 12, 2010. Click here for more information on funding availability.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 has announced two grant opportunities.

The first opportunity is available to organizations that “aim to understand the comparative value of different strategies in the prevention and management of chronic illness in persons with specific constellations of co-morbid conditions.”

The second opportunity is for organizations that “propose to increase the capacity of high quality epidemiologic and comparative effectiveness research that will inform the health system of the future in its ability to care for people of all backgrounds with multiple chronic illnesses.”

Applications for both grants are due January 20, 2010.

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Website on Novel H1N1 Flu & Diabetes Updated Weekly

Updated resources on Novel H1N1 (Swine) Flu and diabetes can be found on CDC’s website. These resources include general information for people with diabetes and those who care for them, H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccination guidelines, recommendations for schools and businesses, sick-day rules for people with diabetes, antiviral medication guidelines, and everyday steps to protect one’s health. The resources on the website are updated weekly.

For more flu information, visit the Frequent Questions webpage or the CDC H1N1 webpage.

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