National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
Special Diabetes Awareness Month Issue
November 2010
Volume 6, Issue 11

Help Promote NDEP’s Family History Theme during National Diabetes Awareness Month

November Marks National Diabetes Awareness Month
National Diabetes Awareness Month is a time to recognize the toll diabetes takes on Americans and to strengthen efforts to prevent and control the disease to reduce its devastating complications. This November, NDEP is focusing on family health history as an important risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. People who have a mother, father, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for developing the disease. Women who have had gestational diabetes have a lifelong risk for getting diabetes, and the child from that pregnancy is also at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Take advantage of National Diabetes Awareness Month and the upcoming holiday season to encourage people to find out about their family history of diabetes. NDEP’s “4 Questions You Should Ask Your Family About Diabetes & Family Health History” is a resource to start that conversation.

Although people cannot change their family health history, knowing about it can give them the information they need to work with their health care team to take action and change the lifestyle factors that put them at risk.

Get Involved Now!
Wondering what NDEP can offer you to promote National Diabetes Awareness Month in your community? Here are some NDEP resources and ways to get involved:

Social Media Promotions: We’re “Going Blue” for World Diabetes Day…You Can Too!
In recognition of the global burden of diabetes, NDEP is supporting World Diabetes Day on Sunday, November 14 by turning its website and Twitter page blue November 12-19. You can join us and show your support by turning your Twitter page blue. For instructions, click here. Follow NDEP on Facebook and Twitter and take part in our exciting November social media activities. Showcase your diabetes knowledge by answering diabetes trivia questions, pledge to talk to your family about their health history, let your followers on Facebook and Twitter know that you followed through on your pledge, and read and repost NDEP status updates and tweets throughout the month.

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November is American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

As NDEP works to bring attention to the importance of knowing your family’s health history, it’s important to note that November also marks American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. During this time, American Indians and Alaska Natives reflect on their diverse cultures and educate the American public about their rich heritage and longstanding traditions.

In recognition of this month, NDEP would like to remind its partners that people of American Indian and Alaskan Native descent are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. During this month of commemoration, encourage families to gather and talk about their family history of diabetes. People at risk and their families can take steps now to prevent or delay the onset of the disease in the future—for themselves and future generations.

NDEP provides materials to support disease management and prevention. For steps to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in American Indian and Alaskan Natives, check out NDEP’s We Have the Power to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet, print PSAs, and the Move It! And Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes School Kit for school-based interventions. For those already diagnosed and working hard to manage their diabetes, check out NDEP’sTake Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes tip sheet, and the “Future Generations” print and TV PSAs to reach media. There is no better way to keep a culture alive than encouraging active lives and healthy hearts!

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Exploring NDEPís Support for Behavior Change Resource

Did you know that you can find resources that teach correct food portion sizes in NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource?

The Support for Behavior Change Resource (SBCR), NDEP’s online library of resources on how to make healthy lifestyle changes, includes a variety of tools and programs for individuals and health care providers. To help acquaint you with the SBCR, a different resource will be explored each month. The busy holiday season is just around the corner, which often means grabbing fast food while running from one errand to the next. The holidays can also mean exposure to mounds of mashed potatoes and slices of pumpkin pie. Therefore, this month’s featured resource is the Portion Distortion from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Years ago, servings of food tended to be substantially smaller than they are today. Over time, as portions in restaurants—and at home—have become super-sized, our idea of what is an appropriate amount to eat has become skewed. Portion Distortion compares today’s portions to the portions of 20 years ago, allowing users to guess the calories in today’s foods and the amount of exercise it would take to burn them off. This resource will make people think twice about just how much food they are eating!

Portion Distortion is free and available online as an interactive quiz or for download as a PowerPoint presentation or PDF.

Find more resources for making healthy changes at

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Diabetes & the Flu

Now is the time to remind people with diabetes to talk with their doctor about having a flu shot. Having the flu can be dangerous for anyone, but it is extra risky for people with diabetes or other chronic health problems. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue. Some people may also experience vomiting and diarrhea. Click here for more information.

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Announcements from NDEP Partners

NDEP-CDC Director Judith McDivitt, Ph.D. Wins an American Public Health Association 2010 Distinguished Career Award
Congratulations to NDEP-CDC Director Judith McDivitt, Ph.D. for winning the 2010 Public Health Education and Health Promotion Distinguished Career Award! This award is given for accomplishments and tangible contributions that have elevated the fields of health education, promotion, and/or communication, and have made an impact on the practice of the professions. Dr. McDivitt will be honored during an awards ceremony at the American Public Health Association’s 138th Annual Meeting and Expo on Tuesday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Denver, Colorado.

Partners Shine in NDEP’s Partner Spotlight
NDEP’s Partner Spotlight webpage is updated regularly to feature the great work that our partners are doing to promote NDEP. In November, the Spotlight is on the following partners:

  • Mary Ward of the Suwannee County Florida Health Department Promotes NDEP Messages in Libraries & a Poultry Processing Facility. In partnership with the University of Florida’s Suwannee County Extension Office, Ms. Ward shared NDEP prevention and control messages with teens, middle-aged adults, and women with a history of gestational diabetes at Suwannee County Libraries during “Diabetes Days” events. Additionally, Ms. Ward brought these NDEP messages to employees of the Pilgrim’s Pride Poultry Processing Facility, one of the largest employers in Suwannee County.
  • Grant Sunada, M.P.H. of the Utah DPCP Expands Social Support Network for People with Diabetes and Their Families. In preparation for National Diabetes Awareness Month, Grant Sunada connected and expanded the diabetes family and social support network in Utah, both online and in person, using NDEP’s campaigns, messages, and materials.
  • Rosalba Ruiz-Holguin, M.D., M.P.H., Hispanic/Latino Work Group Chair, Uses NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit to Reduce Diabetes Risk in U.S.-Mexico Border Region. For the past year, Dr. Ruiz-Holguin and others have used the toolkit to provide trainings to community health workers and promotores in the region.

To find out more about the partners in NDEP’s November Partner Spotlight, click here.

NDEP continues to invite partners to share their successes so we can feature them monthly. To let us know about your activities, complete the submission form and send it to Darise Deal at

New NDEP and Binational Health Week (BHW) Resources Available for Hispanics/Latinos
A number of resources developed for this year’s Tenth Binational Health Week are available for your use with Hispanic/Latino populations.

Special Issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health Focuses on Diabetes in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region.
A special Issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health focuses on diabetes on the U.S.-Mexico Border. This special issue provides a wealth of information about diabetes prevention and control, based on the just-released results of a binational research project conducted among the U.S.-Mexico border population. The study was coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization U.S.-Mexico Border Office, in a special partnership between Mexico’s Ministry of Health (Secretaría de Salud) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to learn more.

New CDC Publication: the Health Communicator’s Social Media Toolkit
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a toolkit, which focuses on the utilization of social media for dissemination of health messages. This toolkit provides guidance on best practice use of social media, such as developing podcasts, widgets, and using Twitter and/or Facebook to target specific audiences. To learn more about this toolkit, please visit

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Mark Your Calendars: NDEP Resources You Can Use

NDEP has many additional resources that you can share at health fairs, conferences, educational sessions, or as part of your organization’s social media outreach efforts. Check out the NDEP 2010 Outreach and Promotional Plan: At-a-Glance for more fourth quarter resources.

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 tool kits to promote diabetes awareness in your community. Or take our feature articles, press releases, 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, “like” our page on Facebook, and look for our videos on YouTube. Feel free to “re-tweet” and share NDEP posts with your social media friends! Don’t wait for your monthly issue of News & Notes to learn what’s new and exciting from NDEP. Click on the RSS icon on the NDEP homepage to subscribe!

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.

If you have any questions about NDEP’s resources, promotions efforts, and how you might help promote NDEP, please contact Diane Tuncer at

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On the Road with NDEP

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

  • American Dietetic Association
    November 6-9, 2010, Boston, MA
  • American Public Health Association
    November 6-11, 2010, Denver, CO
    Judith A. McDivitt, Ph.D. will present a session entitled “Understanding Audience Segments for Diabetes Prevention Strategies and Messages” on November 10 at 12:30 p.m.
  • 8th Annual Promotores Conference
    Promotores: Prevención, Fuerza y Cambio
    December 3-4, 2010, Los Angeles, CA
    Betsy Rodriguez, M.S.N., C.D.E. and David Ojeda, M.S. will offer a intermediate, two-part, skill building workshop entitled “El camino hacia buena la salud: Aprenda como emplear el “método de café o cafecito” para trabajar con la comunidad.”

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