National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
March 2011
Volume 7, Issue 3

In Recognition of American Diabetes Association Alert DaySM, Encourage People to Know Their Risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Take the Diabetes Risk Test

In support of the American Diabetes Association Alert DaySM on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, NDEP is working to raise awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and encouraging people to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk Test. Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day wake-up call to encourage people to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Encouraging people to find out about their risk for type 2 diabetes is a critical step in helping them prevent the disease and in promoting early diagnosis and treatment. Find out more about Diabetes Alert Day at

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects nearly 26 million adults in the United States. An additional 79 million adults have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is called a “silent killer” because 1 out of 4 people with diabetes have the disease, but don’t even know it. Join NDEP in sounding the alarm about diabetes and encouraging people to take the Diabetes Risk Test. Need some help getting started? NDEP has many resources to help you promote Diabetes Alert Day in your organization or community:

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Encourage People to “Eat Right with Color” During National Nutrition Month

It is especially important for people with diabetes—and those at risk for the disease—to make healthy food choices, such as eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Such eating habits are an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and may help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in those at risk or its complications in those with the disease. To promote beneficial food choices, NDEP is supporting National Nutrition Month this March, and you can, too! National Nutrition Month highlights the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year, the focus is on how to "Eat Right with Color." Click here to learn more about healthy eating and diabetes.

To help promote National Nutrition Month, share diabetes-friendly recipes from NDEP’s Más que comida, es vida recipe booklet. For more nutritious, tasty, and easy-to-prepare recipes, check out the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s new family cookbook, Keep the Beat™ Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals. Encourage people to develop a healthy meal plan using NDEP’s GAME PLAN fat and calorie counter and food and activity tracker. Distribute NDEP feature articles to your local media, including, A Quick, Healthy Dish for People with Diabetes & Their Families and Eat Fruits and Veggies to Lose Weight & Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Also, check out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPyramid menu planner and encourage people to use this resource to determine their personal healthy eating goals.

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March is National Kidney Month

This March, NDEP also is recognizing National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day (observed on March 10, 2011). These observances seek to raise awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and reduce its prevalence. Undiagnosed or untreated diabetes is a major cause of CKD. However, by managing diabetes, people can lower their risk for CKD and other diabetes complications. Encourage people with diabetes to recognize the connection between diabetes and CKD by checking out the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ Your Guide to Diabetes: Diabetes and Your Kidneys and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet. Additional resources and information for patients and the public and health care professionals are available from the National Kidney Disease Education Program, such as the For People with Diabetes or High Blood Pressure: Get Checked for Kidney Disease resource, the Questions and Answers about Diabetes fact sheet, and the Make the Kidney Connection Food Tips and Healthy Eating Ideas fact sheet. To learn more about managing diabetes, read NDEP’s 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life. brochure.

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Announcements from NDEP & Partners

Learn About the Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes on Mothers and Children
The NDEP will present a webinar for the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) Webinar Series on March 22, Diabetes Alert Day. The webinar, entitled, “It's Never Too Early...To Prevent Diabetes: The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes on Mothers and Children,” will be presented by Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D., Director of NDEP at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Robert Ratner, M.D., F.A.C.P., Vice President for Scientific Affairs at MedStar Research Institute. Dr. Ratner is also a principal investigator for the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and DPP Outcomes Study of NIH and serves on the planning and steering committees for the project nationwide. This free webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. (EDT). To learn more or to register, click here.

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 March, the Spotlight is on the Frederick County Health Department for launching NDEP’s Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention curriculum in their community. Power to Prevent can be used by small groups to help people learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes around food and physical activity to prevent and manage diabetes.

Reminder: Road to Health Toolkit Webinars in Spanish Scheduled
Learn how to use the Road to Health ToolKit and register for a free webinar in Spanish. By registering, you will receive a free copy of the toolkit, technical assistance, and a certificate of attendance. Register at:

Friday, March 18
Wednesday, April 27
Tuesday, May 17

Time: 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Report on Women at High Risk for Diabetes Released
In honor of Women’s History Month, the CDC and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released Women at High Risk for Diabetes: Access and Quality of Health Care, 2003-2006, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This collaboration examined the quality of preventive health care received by U.S. women at high risk and not at high risk for diabetes. The findings indicate that, overall, women at high risk for diabetes were more likely than women not at high risk for diabetes to report fair/poor health. In addition, among women at high risk for diabetes, Mexican American, and non-Hispanic black women were significantly more likely than non-Hispanic white women to be uninsured all year. To learn more about these and other findings, click here to access the report.

Updated Guidance for Preventing Infection during Blood Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Administration Now Available
CDC has become increasingly concerned about the risks for transmitting infectious diseases, such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), through unsafe practices during assisted blood glucose monitoring and insulin administration in settings such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, and health fairs. Unsafe practices that have contributed to this risk include using a lancing (fingerstick) device for more than one person, using a blood glucose meter for more than one person without cleaning and disinfecting it between uses, using insulin pens for more than one person, and failing to change gloves and perform hand hygiene between fingerstick procedures. Click here for updated guidance, references for recent outbreaks, frequently asked questions, links to clinical alerts, and recent communications from the Food and Drug Administration.

Register for the 2011 CDC Division of Diabetes Translation Conference
The CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation will convene its 2011 Diabetes Translation Conference, “Changing the Course of Diabetes: Optimizing Health for All,” April 11-14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NDEP’s Frankie Awards will be presented at a ceremony on April 11. Learn more about the conference and the Frankies. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Norma Loner at if you have conference-related questions.

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Mark Your Calendars: NDEP Resources You Can Use

NDEP has many 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 2011 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 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. Add your organization’s logo to NDEP’s feature articles, press releases, media advisories, and public service announcements.

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:

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