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

NDEP’s Diabetes HealthSense Has Resources for Living Well and Videos with Helpful Tips and Inspiring Stories

Living with diabetes or the risk of diabetes is not easy. It’s common to feel overwhelmed, sad, or angry. Many people may know what to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out how to do it that’s challenging. For example, people know that being active can help them lose weight. But they may not know how to take the necessary steps to become more physically active and keep it up over time. NDEP’s redesigned Diabetes HealthSense (formerly known as the Support for Behavior Change Resource) is an online library of resources compiled by NDEP to help people figure out how to make lifestyle changes and cope with the demands of diabetes. Resources in Diabetes HealthSense have been reviewed by independent experts on psychosocial issues and the behavior change process.

Also included on Diabetes HealthSense is the first in a series of three- to five-minute videos focused on helping people make lifestyle changes and cope with the demands of diabetes. The segments feature real people working to manage or prevent diabetes, as well as NDEP experts. The initial rollout of the video series includes the following segments:

NDEP has developed a promotional toolkit to help you spread the word to your diabetes constituents. Here are some things you can do to help NDEP promote this updated tool:

  • Share, ‘like,’ or comment on NDEP’s Diabetes HealthSense and video messages on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
  • Embed the videos on your website from YouTube.
  • Promote the consumer and health care professional feature articles to local media and to your constituents by submitting the article to your local newspaper or promoting it in your organization’s publication. You can even add your organization’s logo, name, mission, and contact information.
  • Share the PowerPoint Presentation with your coworkers and colleagues, or incorporate individual slides into your own presentations.
  • Customize the template news release with information specific to your community to promote the tool, the videos, and your partnership with NDEP to local print, broadcast, and online outlets.
  • Post the web button or a link to Diabetes HealthSense on your website or blog, and share the web button with your partners.
  • Check out the Talking Points and Tips for Working the Media to help you frame your news story so it appeals to reporters at all types of media outlets. Also included are interview tips and talking points that will help with any interviews you may schedule.
  • Display the Diabetes HealthSense flyer where people will see it. Doctors’ offices, hospitals, libraries, grocery stores, and community centers are great places for exposure.

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Diabetes Control and Lowering the Risk in Youth

NDEP’s third quarter theme is ‘Diabetes Control and Lowering the Risk in Youth.’ In support of this theme, NDEP is highlighting its free online tools and resources to help youth with diabetes—and their families—deal with common challenges associated with diabetes, including transitioning from teenage years to adulthood, ensuring the safety of a student with diabetes in the school setting, and coping with a diabetes diagnosis.

Transitioning from teenage years to adulthood can be stressful for teens with diabetes and their families. Teens and young adults need to assume more responsibility for diabetes self-management and make more independent judgments about their health care needs. For materials on how to plan for this transition, check out NDEP’s Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care tool, a one-stop shop for youth and young adults, families, and health care professionals. You can even promote this resource with colleagues using the Transitions slide set.

When youth with diabetes learn how to effectively manage their disease, they can delay or prevent serious complications. NDEP has resources to help youth with diabetes, their families, and their caregivers!

For more information about managing and lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes in youth, visit

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Announcements from NDEP & Partners

Register for the 2011 Partnership Network Meeting!
Make plans to join us in Atlanta on Sunday, October 2 and Monday, October 3 to “Celebrate NDEP Success: Past, Present, and Future.” This exciting meeting will engage, energize, and equip partners to collaborate with NDEP to address the growing diabetes epidemic in this ever-changing environment. The meeting will be held at the Emory Conference Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tom Harkin Global Communication Center in Atlanta, Georgia and will bring together more than 150 of your colleagues, friends, and partners. Click here to register online. Register by August 15 and to pay the $75 early bird registration fee ($100 after August 15 and onsite).

Our meeting kicks off on Sunday with a panel of current and former NDEP chairs: Martha Funnell, M.S. R.N., C.D.E., Larry Blonde, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., Charles M. Clark Jr., M.D., and James R. Gavin III, M.D., Ph.D., joined by Frank Vinicor, M.D., M.P.H., former director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. Monday’s agenda includes a plenary presentation by Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health as well as breakout sessions. Stakeholder group meetings will provide the opportunity to provide critical input to NDEP on Monday afternoon.

Sponsorships are also available for the meeting. What a wonderful way to get in front of key public health professionals with your organization’s messages and products. In addition, your support is considered a charitable contribution and, as such, is tax-deductible. To become a sponsor, contact Ana Toro at

See you in Atlanta!

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 July, the Spotlight is on the following partner:

  • The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, for adapting NDEP’s Movimiento DVD for Local Support Group
  • The Deerghayu Foundation, for using NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit to implement classes focusing on healthy eating and prevention of lifestyle diseases in rural communities in India.

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Your Community with an Affordable Care Act Grant
If you missed this information included in the June issue of News & Notes, there’s still time! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of more than $100 million in funding for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants are aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases, such as diabetes. By promoting healthy lifestyles and communities, especially among population groups experiencing the greatest burden of chronic disease, these grants will help improve health, reduce health disparities, and lower health care costs. State and local government agencies, tribes and territories, and state and local nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications are due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by mid-July 2011, with awards expected to be announced near the end of summer. For more information on the grants, or to apply, click here.

Help the Uninsured Get Coverage with the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan
If you know someone who has had a problem obtaining health insurance because of a pre-existing health condition, such as diabetes, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) may be the solution. Created under the Affordable Care Act, PCIP provides health insurance to people who have been unable to obtain insurance due to a pre-existing medical condition. Under the PCIP, Americans—regardless of health status—will have access to affordable health insurance. To find out more about the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, including eligibility, plan benefits and rates, and how to apply, visit

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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 and exhibits:

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