National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
August 2010
Volume 6, Issue 8

Growing Up with Diabetes

The summer is winding down, and some high school graduates are heading off to college or living on their own. Transitioning from one’s childhood home to a college dorm or one’s own place is challenging for all teens – and especially challenging for teens with diabetes. But with some careful planning, teens can leave the nest armed with healthy habits.

In August and September, NDEP is promoting diabetes control and lowering the risk in youth themes. This month, NDEP has some exciting new tools to help you communicate messages around these themes in your community, including a new online tool to help teens with diabetes make the transition to adult health care.

Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care Tool
NDEP’s Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care tool is a new resource developed for youth and young adults, families, and health care professionals. Transitioning from teenage years to adulthood can be stressful for teens with diabetes and their families. Teens and young adults have to learn how to assume more responsibility for diabetes self-management and to make independent judgments about their health care needs.

This resource contains a Checklist, Patient Clinical Summary Page, and Resource List. Post the Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care tool on your organization’s website, distribute via your listserv, place it in your newsletter, or use social media to post messages on Facebook or Twitter. You can also include NDEP’s PowerPoint slides in a presentation that you give.

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New Bilingual Teen Tip Sheets
NDEP is pleased to introduce three new tip sheets for teens in English and Spanish. This easy-to-read series for Hispanic/Latino teens and families provides the basics about managing diabetes. Tips for Teens with Diabetes: About Diabetes (La diabetes), Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Get Active (Mantente activo!) and Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Be at a Healthy Weight (Mantente en un peso saludable) provide useful information about diabetes and encourage teens to take action to manage their diabetes. These new tip sheets complete the bilingual tip sheet series, which also includes Tips for Teens: Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes (Consejos para jóvenes: Disminuye tu riesgo de desarrollar la diabetes tipo 2), Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Diabetes and Your Feelings (Consejos para jóvenes con diabetes: La diabetes y tus sentimientos), and Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Make Healthy Food Choices (Consejos para jóvenes con diabetes: Come alimentos saludables). Please note: The new teen tip sheets are available online only at this time.

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Exploring NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource

Did you know that you can find resources to help families be more active together in NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource?

Support for Behavior Change Resource (SBCR), NDEP’s online library of resources, includes a variety of tools and programs for individuals and health care providers on making lifestyle changes. To help acquaint you with SBCR, a different resource will be explored each month. This month's tool is BodyWorks.

The BodyWorks program is developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, and is designed to help parents and caregivers of adolescents ages 9 to 14 improve family eating and activity habits. BodyWorks focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight. The program uses a train-the-trainer model to distribute the tool kit through community-based organizations, state health agencies, and non-profit organizations. You can download many of the tool kit pieces, including how-to guides for parents and teens, and a weekly meal planner refrigerator magnet. The tool kit is available in English and Spanish.

Find more resources for making healthy changes at If you know of a tool, program, or research article that may be appropriate for SBCR, submit it to NDEP for review using the online form by August 15, 2010.

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Announcements from NDEP

New Partner Activities Highlighted on NDEP’s Partner Spotlight Webpage
NDEP’s Partner Spotlight webpage is now updated regularly to feature the great work that our partners are doing in their communities to promote NDEP’s campaigns, messages, and tools. Here’s the lineup for this month:

  • The Agency on Aging South Central Connecticut Promotes Movimiento in Partnership with a Local Senior Center
  • Amerigroup Corporation Promotes NDEP Resources in its Diabetes Kits for National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • The Wakanyaja Waste (Good Child) Project Adapts Move It! Posters for Program Addressing Obesity in Children and Teens
  • America’s Health Insurance Plans Promotes Revised Lesson Plans in the AHIP Solutions SmartBrief

We want to hear from you! Have you been featured in a local or national media outlet? Do you have a promotion that you’d like to see highlighted on the Partner Spotlight webpage? Complete the submission form to let us know about your activities. Send any photos, media results, and contact information to Darise Deal at

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Coming Soon: Partner Toolkit for National Diabetes Awareness Month!
Check the NDEP website by mid-August for more information on November National Diabetes Awareness Month activities and a promotional toolkit. NDEP will convey messages about diabetes prevention, particularly as it relates to diabetes risk due to family history (including gestational diabetes). Building on the successful creative approach featuring “real people” with diabetes as part of last year’s Managing Diabetes campaign, NDEP will develop posters and materials featuring real people at risk for diabetes because they have a family history of diabetes, or have a history of gestational diabetes, placing them at increased future risk. NDEP hopes that partners will use these materials to help bring NDEP messages alive at the community level.

Register Now for NDEP Road to Health Toolkit Introductory Webinar
NDEP will be offering webinars in August and September to introduce the Road to Health Toolkit, a kit to help community health workers work with African American and Hispanic/Latino populations to prevent type 2 diabetes. Click here to choose the date most convenient for you and register for one of the webinars. If you have any questions, please contact Alexis Williams at

Subscribe to NDEP’s New RSS Feed
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!

Announcements from Partners

CDC National Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet 2010 Now Available
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects more than 20 million adults in the United States – that’s more than 10 percent of the adult population! The National Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet 2010, a new resource with information on the prevalence and health consequences of CKD, is now available from the CDC. The fact sheet provides statistics on CKD and kidney failure by age, sex, and race/ethnicity, and offers important information on risk factors and treatment. Developed by the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation’s Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative, the fact sheet is now available for download and copyright-free distribution at

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New Funding Opportunity from NEI
The National Eye Institute (NEI) has announced their 2011 cycle of the Healthy Vision Community Awards (HVCA) program. The program provides up to $10,000 in seed money to non-profit and community-based organizations to support grassroots eye health education efforts – including diabetic eye disease.

Click here for more information about eligibility, award criteria, and how to fill out the electronic application. Email questions to Online applications are due August 30, 2010. Awardees will be notified March 2011.

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 third 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 toolkits 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 Association of Diabetes Educators 37th Annual Meeting
    August 4-7, 2010, San Antonio, TX
    Betsy Rodriguez M.S.N, C.D.E. and Judith A. McDivitt, Ph.D. will launch the promotion of the Road to Health Tool Kit at a session at the AADE Bookstore called “Show and Tell of the Road to Health Tool Kit” on August 5 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Marti Funnell, M.S., R.N., C.D.E. will present a session entitled, “NDEP: Supporting Behavior Change and Quality of Life” on August 5 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D. and Diane Tuncer will present a session entitled, “Translating New Research into a Public Health Campaign” on August 7 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Betsy Rodriguez, M.S.N., C.D.E. and Alexis Williams, M.P.H., C.H.E.S. will present a session entitled, “NDEP Tool Kits: Facilitating Resource Implementation in Organizations Serving Ethnic Minority Populations” on August 7 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
  • National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.
    September 10-14, 2010, Dallas, TX
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly
    September 29-October 2, 2010, Denver, CO
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    October 2-5, 2010, San Francisco, CA
  • American Dietetic Association
    November 6-9, 2010, Boston, MA
  • American Public Health Association
    November 6-11, 2010, Denver, CA
    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.

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