National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
December 2010
Volume 6, Issue 12

Desserts, Dressings, Diabetes?

The holidays are packed with all sorts of good things—including family celebrations featuring an array of high-sugar or high-fat foods. For people with diabetes, this can be a challenging time since regular eating patterns can take a backseat at this time of year. But with some careful planning, people with diabetes and people at risk for diabetes can maintain a healthy and balanced meal plan during the holidays.

It is important that people with diabetes and people at risk for diabetes plan meals in advance so they have healthy food options at family gatherings. Plan ahead and prepare recipes that are healthy—and tasty too! NDEP has resources that can help. Check out NDEP’s bilingual recipe book Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families (Ricas recetas para personas con diabetes y sus familiares), and the feature article “A Diabetes Friendly Meal Everyone Can Enjoy” for healthy meal ideas. The Get Real! You Don’t Have to Knock Yourself Out to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet offers tips for moving more and making healthy food choices, and includes a helpful portion size chart.

As families gather for the holidays, it is also important to encourage people to find out about their family history of diabetes. Use NDEP’s “4 Questions You Should Ask Your Family About Diabetes & Family Health History” to start the conversation, and encourage people to take the Family Health History Quiz.

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New Spanish-language Toolkit Helps Teach Primary Prevention Messages to Hispanics/Latinos

NDEP’s new toolkit, the Kit El camino hacia la buena salud was developed for those who work with Hispanics/Latinos at risk of type 2 diabetes. With input from diabetes educators, community health workers and promotores, the Kit offers a variety of tools that promote the prevention of type 2 diabetes with an emphasis on healthy food choices and increased physical activity. How is this toolkit different from the English-language Road to Health toolkit?

  • The Flipchart tells the story of a Latino family on their road to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, by addressing this community’s perception of the disease. Your audience will identify with their stories and will share stories of their own, as you have the chance to review discussion points and suggested questions.
  • The Activities Guide offers ideas, games and other suggestions tailored to engage the audience and earn the Latino community’s trust.
  • The Supplemental CD-ROM includes all supporting materials in Spanish and English which are also available for download on the NDEP website, such as:
    • The Traffic Light Poster, which displays Latin American and Caribbean foods and visually teaches how to make healthier food choices with foods familiar to Hispanic/Latinos;
    • The City of Excuses poster, which showcases excuses commonly used by Hispanics to avoid starting a physical activity program; and
    • The Food Labels Poster that helps you to teach how to read and use food labels.

Additional resources including Movimiento Por Su Vida CD/DVD or the Food and Activity Tracker in Spanish or English can also be downloaded. With these linguistically and culturally sensitive tools, your workshops and sessions will be enjoyable, appealing and relevant.

If you would like to train yourself and/or others to use the Road to Health Toolkit, download the Training Guide in English or Spanish. Also, view the Training Video on NDEP’s YouTube channel in English or Spanish.

  • The Training Video is a recording of real world examples of trainings conducted by NDEP staff. The video shows steps you can follow to help you perform these training activities yourself while learning how to implement the toolkit. Click here to download The Road to Health Training Video (booklet).
  • The Training Guide and Video components are designed for those who offer "train-the-trainer" workshops for community health workers who work with people who are Hispanic/Latino or African American/African Ancestry.

Click here for information on obtaining Continuing Education Credits for reading/viewing the Training Guide and Video, and/or the Road to Health Toolkit.

Stay tuned for information about webinars to guide you through the toolkit. For more information about the toolkit or upcoming trainings, please contact Betsy Rodríguez at, 770-488-5480. To order or download these or any other NDEP materials, please visit You may also order by calling toll-free 1-888-693-NDEP (6337).

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Exploring NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource

NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource (SBCR), an 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 offerings available to you through the SBCR, a different resource from the library will be explored each month.

The holiday season reminds us of the importance of family and friends. Taking care of your health is one way to show them you care. This month, check out the American Cancer Society’s Great American Health Check Challenge. In just five minutes, this interactive quiz will guide you—or someone you love—through a series of questions about health history and lifestyle, and provide a personalized Health Action Plan. Share the Health Action Plan with your doctor and take steps to ensure that you—and your loved ones—have a health action plan for years to come.

The Great American Health Check Challenge is available for free online. Toolkits for communities and employers are also available. Click here to view these resources.

Find more resources for supporting healthy behavior change at

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Announcements from NDEP & Partners

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 December, the Spotlight is on the following partners:

  • MOMS Orange County Conducts Diabetes Training Using NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit
  • The U.S.-Mexico Border DPCP Project Gets Inspired by NDEP’s Road to Health Photo Journal
  • Ohio DPCP Tailors NDEP’s November GDM Posters To Feature Real Employees and Their Children

Tell Us About Your National Diabetes Awareness Month Activities
If you brought NDEP’s materials to your community during National Diabetes Awareness Month, let us know! Take pictures and post descriptions and photos of your activities on the NDEP Facebook page. Images can also be submitted to Rachel Byrd at Photos and descriptions may also appear in NDEP’s Partner Spotlight!

Share Your NDEP Activities at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 4th Disparities Partnership Forum
ADA is now accepting abstracts for the 2011 Annual Disparities Partnership Forum, which will be held April 6-7 in Alexandria, VA. The 2011 Partnership Forum is entitled “Overcoming Diabetes: Reducing the Burden of Diabetes Complications.” The overall goal of the forum is to explore collaborative methods for decreasing disparities in diabetes complications (heart disease, kidney disease, retinopathy, neuropathy, and others) in high-risk populations. NDEP encourages you to submit an abstract detailing how you’ve used NDEP materials in your community to lower the burden of diabetes complications. The deadline for abstract submission is January 14, 2011. Click here for more information.

NMA and NEHEP Launch New Vision Toolkits for People with Diabetes
The National Medical Association has launched a Vision Focus Toolkit to educate people with diabetes about the importance of having an annual dilated eye examination, and to take steps today to control glucose levels to avoid developing diabetic retinopathy. The toolkit includes NDEP resources such as Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families, and co-branded versions of 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life. and Tips for Helping a Person with Diabetes.

The National Eye Health Education Program has also launched a Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit, which provides community health workers and health educators with unique tools to inform people with diabetes and their loved ones about diabetic eye disease and maintaining healthy vision.

New Diabetes and End-Stage Renal Disease Study Published
A new study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reports the number of adults in the United States and Puerto Rico beginning treatment for diabetes-related kidney failure has increased significantly, while the incidence of kidney failure in people with diagnosed diabetes has decreased during the same time period. The complete article can be found here.

Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults Available
The new US Department of Health and Human Services Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults is an excellent resource for providing background information on health literacy as well as strategies and suggestions for communicating with older adults. The guide highlights issues related to hearing, visual, and cognitive impairment and shares health literacy and other relevant resources.

New CDC Report States Number of Americans with Diabetes Projected to Double or Triple by 2050
A new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. The prevalence is expected to rise sharply over the next 40 years due to an aging population more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, increases in minority groups that are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, and people with diabetes living longer. Click here for a copy of the full report.

Flu Season & Diabetes
Fall may be ending, but flu season is far from over. It is important that people with diabetes get a flu shot. People with diabetes are more likely to get flu-related complications, and the flu may interfere with blood glucose management. Click here for more information.

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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 educational and social media outreach efforts. Check out the NDEP 2010 Outreach and Promotional Plan: At-a-Glance for more resources.

In future issues of NEWS & NOTES, look for NDEP promotional tools that are available 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:

  • International Council on Active Aging Conference
    December 2-4, San Diego, CA
    Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D. will present a session entitled, “Preventing Diabetes: Resources for Older Populations” on December 2 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.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 an intermediate, two-part, skills-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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