National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
April 2012
Volume 8, Issue 4

Thank You to NDEP Partners!

In observance of National Volunteer Week (April 15–21), NDEP would like to thank partners for helping to raise awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and for your continued promotion of NDEP messages, campaigns, and materials throughout the whole year!

With the support of partners like you, NDEP is able to reach its goal to help reduce the burden of diabetes and prediabetes in the United States. All year long, partners are hard at work helping people with diabetes and people at risk for the disease live healthier lives. Check out what our partners are doing by visiting NDEP's Partner Spotlight webpage.

Most recently, in recognition of American Diabetes Association® Alert Day, NDEP and partners across the country encouraged people to know their risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk Test, and take the first step toward better health by using NDEP's Just One Step online tool. Thank you for sharing NDEP's resources for preventing type 2 diabetes, using the Diabetes Alert Day Partner Toolkit, and promoting NDEP's messages and activities. We are excited to see how partners use the Just One Step online tool in upcoming promotional activities.

If your organization has recently promoted an NDEP campaign or resource in an innovative way, your organization could be featured in the next Partner Spotlight! If you would like to be featured, please complete the Partner Spotlight submission form and send the submission form along with any photos, media results, and contact information to Ashley Moore at

Thank You

This Spring, Help People Make a Plan to Manage Their Diabetes

The NDEP's second quarter theme (April, May, and June) is "Make a Plan to Manage Diabetes it's not easy, but it's worth it. " This spring, NDEP will work with partners to increase awareness among people with diabetes about the seriousness of the disease, that complications can be prevented, and that managing diabetes can be easier if they set goals and make a plan. To help people learn how to live well with diabetes, share NDEP's Manage Your Diabetes - 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life. brochure. Encourage people to take action and make a plan to prevent diabetes-related health problems with NDEP's Make a Plan webpage and new Just One Step interactive tool, now available in English and Spanish.

Taking a trip for Spring Break? Before heading out of town, it's important for people with diabetes to do some planning. Learn helpful tips for planning ahead from NDEP's patient volunteer, David, in NDEP's Diabetes Travel Tips video. Share NDEP's Have Diabetes. Will Travel. feature article for more tips on planning, packing, and eating when you're on-the-go with diabetes.

This Spring Make a Plan to Help people Manage their Diabetes

April is Minority Health Month & Foot Health Awareness Month

The NDEP is also working to support National Minority Health Month and Foot Health Awareness Month in April. These observances provide the diabetes community with opportunities to promote important health messages around diabetes. This year, the Office of Minority Health's theme for Minority Health Month is "Health Equity Can't Wait. Act Now in Your CommUNITY! " As you look for ways to promote diabetes messages around National Minority Health Month, remember that NDEP has many diabetes prevention and management publications, videos, feature articles, PSAs and other materials tailored to minority populations, including American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, African Americans and people of African ancestry, and Hispanics/Latinos. Visit the NDEP's Publications and Resources web pages to search for materials by Race/Ethnicity and Language.

April is also a great time to encourage people diagnosed with diabetes to pay closer attention to their feet. The NDEP's Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime booklet provides simple instructions on how to perform daily foot checks and care. In addition, the NDEP's Feet Can Last a Lifetime: A Health Care Provider's Guide to Preventing Diabetes Foot Problems kit has tools health care providers can use to diagnose foot problems and educate patients with diabetes about how to prevent foot problems that could worsen or lead to amputation.

April Observances

Announcements from NDEP & Partners

Partners Shine in NDEP's Partner Spotlight
In April, NDEP's Partner Spotlight is on the Diabetes Community Action Coalition of Fulton County, for using and adapting NDEP resources to raise awareness of diabetes to high-risk minority populations at a community forum and rally.

Landmark Diabetes Prevention Program Shows Good Return on Investment
Programs to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in high-risk adults would result in fewer people developing diabetes and lower health care costs over time, researchers conclude in a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Prevention programs that apply the interventions tested in the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial would also improve quality of life for people who would otherwise develop type 2 diabetes. The analysis of costs and outcomes in the DPP and its follow-up study is published in the April 2012 issue of Diabetes Care.


On the Road with NDEP

Stop by and visit NDEP at the following upcoming presentations and exhibits:

On the Road with NDEP