It’s January—the start of a new year and a time when many people reflect on the changes they want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. To be successful in sticking to resolutions, it is important to use goal-setting skills, such as breaking down a large goal into smaller steps…because small steps can lead to big rewards! This quarter, NDEP is promoting information and resources that support lowering type 2 diabetes risk by incorporating behavior change tips and offering resources that can help people make these changes. NDEP’s Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (Mi Plan de Acción para Prevenir la Diabetes Tipo 2) can help people prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by teaching them to set goals and track their progress. If you work in a small group setting, use Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention to teach small groups to set goals for healthy lifestyle changes around food and physical activity.
Know someone trying to lose weight this year and keep it off? January 16 through 22 is Healthy Weight Week. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight are especially important goals when it comes to preventing type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications. Studies show that people at high risk for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the disease if they lose as little at 10 pounds—by walking 30 minutes five days a week and making healthy food choices. You can find proven small steps to help people you know make gradual lifestyle changes to lose weight safely and keep it off in NDEP’s feature article, A Step in the Right Direction: Lose Weight & Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. For more weight loss support, check out NDEP’s tips for setting weight loss goals and NDEP resources, including the Movimiento Por Su Vida CD/DVD, the Step by Step: Moving towards prevention of type 2 Diabetes CD/DVD, the Get Real tip sheet, and “Small Steps for Eating Healthy Foods” from NDEP’s GAME PLAN.
Making lifestyle changes to stay healthy, such as increasing physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight, is something that benefits the entire family. This year, encourage families you know to set a goal to get fit together. Join a community program like the Y and choose activities that the entire family can enjoy, such as swimming, water aerobics, or dance classes. Keep at it and remember to celebrate small successes. To learn more, read “Small Steps for Getting More Physical Activity” from NDEP’s GAME PLAN.
For even more resources to help families you know live a healthy lifestyle, visit NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource (SBCR) website. SBCR can guide you to behavior change tools and programs for consumers and health care professionals, such as The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Aim For a Healthy Weight website and The Weight Information Network’s Active at Any Size website. The Aim For a Healthy Weight website provides consumers with information about being overweight or obese, how energy balance affects weight control, and the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. The site contains healthy weight resources for parents and families, and healthy weight tools—such as a body mass index calculator, menu planner, and the portion distortion quiz. The Active at Any Size website encourages people of all sizes and shapes to get active by identifying and eliminating barriers, setting goals and rewards, finding support, and having fun. The site also provides ideas for physical activities that may be more comfortable for larger individuals, along with physical activity safety tips. For more resources to support weight loss and other behavior changes, check out NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/SBCR.
Updated Tip Sheet: Take Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes.
Take Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes. explains the link between diabetes and heart disease. It encourages patients to work with their health care team to set targets and manage their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. The 2010 update of this patient education sheet contains new language on depression and smoking cessation and a revised Diabetes Record Form.
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.
Every New Year, many Americans make resolutions they never achieve or maintain—including quitting smoking. Quitting smoking can evoke many feelings, including fear and anxiety, but also relief. Freedom From Smoking, a program from the American Lung Association, has helped thousands of smokers to quit for good. This January, make sure the people you care about, whether friends, family members, patients, colleagues—or yourself!—have the support they or you need to finally put down those cigarettes. Through a series of online lessons, Freedom From Smoking prepares smokers for their Quit Day by providing information about quitting and reinforcing their commitment to drop the habit.
Freedom from Smoking is available for free online. Click here to view this resource.
Find more resources for supporting healthy behavior change at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/SBCR.
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 January, the Spotlight is on the following partner:
Don’t forget, if you promoted NDEP’s National Diabetes Awareness Month campaign in your community in 2010, let us know! Post your photos and description of your activities on the NDEP Facebook page. Images can also be submitted to Rachel Byrd at email@example.com. Photos and descriptions may also appear in NDEP’s Partner Spotlight!
Call for Submissions: 2011 National Diabetes Education Program Frankie Awards
Have you used or implemented NDEP resources in a particularly innovative or effective way? Are you attending the 2011 CDC Diabetes Translation Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in April?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, please nominate your program or activity for a 2011 Frankie Award. The Frankies will be competitively judged and awarded in four categories:
The Frank Vinicor Award of Excellence for exemplary use or adaptation of NDEP resources in a comprehensive, multifaceted campaign to address behavior change will be selected by NDEP from the pool of submissions.
The Frankie Awards will be presented during a ceremony at the CDC Diabetes Translation Conference, which will be held April 11-14, 2011. Submissions are due by February 11, 2011 and the winners will be notified in March 2011. Click here for more information about the CDC Diabetes Translation conference and the Frankie Awards submission form.
Flu Season & Diabetes
Fall is over, but flu season is still in full swing. 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.
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. Keep an eye out for the NDEP 2011 Quarter One Outreach and Promotional Plan: At-a-Glance, which will be available soon!
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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