National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
 Volume 8, Issue 9 Follow us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Find us on YouTube: RSS Feed


Hispanic Heritage Month Begins September 15
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), keep in mind that Hispanics and Latinos are disproportionately affected by diabetes. The NDEP has developed many resources – available in English and Spanish – to address the unique needs of this audience. Share NDEP resources to help Hispanics and Latinos in your community manage or prevent diabetes.

Help NDEP Promote September Health Observances
September also brings the opportunity to raise awareness of two important national health observances – Healthy Aging Month and Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month™. Check out NDEP’s September Promotions Calendar for resources you can use to support these observances.

Help Kids With Diabetes Stay Healthy at School
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in school-aged children, affecting about 200,000 young people in the United States. As kids head back to school, encourage members of your local school health team to use NDEP’s Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel (School Guide) to help students manage their diabetes during the school day.

National Diabetes Month: Coming Soon!
National Diabetes Month is just around the corner! Visit for a sneak peak of NDEP’s National Diabetes Month offerings for partners – and keep checking back for additional offerings as November gets closer.

Partners Shine in NDEP's Partner Spotlight
This month, NDEP is shining its Partner Spotlight on the National Association of School Nurses, for promoting NDEP’s School Guide via Workshops and Online Outreach.

Hot off the Press!
The following NDEP publications are now available for ordering: 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life., Tips to Help You Stay Healthy, More Than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes, and Two Reasons I Find Time to Prevent Diabetes: My Future and Theirs. Order or download your copy today!

New Catalog/CD Compiles Resources for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders 
If you work with Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander (AANHPI) populations, you can easily find and download NDEP’s AANHPI-relevant diabetes education resources from one convenient CD – Diabetes Resources: Know. Prevent. Control. A paper catalog is also available. To order your free CD or catalog, send an email with your mailing address to

Flu Season is NOW
People with diabetes are at high risk for serious flu complications, and the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. This year a novel flu, H3N2v, has been reported in people who have had close contact with pigs, for instance, at county fairs. CDC recommends that people with diabetes try to avoid exposure to pig and swine barns.

September is National Preparedness Month
Learn how everyone, especially people with diabetes and their families, can prepare for natural disasters.

NIH Launches Contest for Audacious Goals in Vision Research
The National Eye Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is offering $3,000 awards to as many as 20 contestants who submit the most compelling one-page ideas to advance vision science. The submission deadline for the Challenge to Identify Audacious Goals in Vision Research and Blindness Rehabilitation is Nov. 12, 2012. Learn more about the challenge and how to enter.

New Federal Report on the Health and Economic Status of Older Americans
The National Institute on Aging, a part of the NIH, has released Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-being, which presents data for people 65 years and older on 37 key indicators of population, health status, health risks and behavior, health care, and economics.

On the Road with NDEP
See where NDEP will be presenting or exhibiting in the next few months or download a presentation from a past event.