Live well. Eat healthy. Be active.
It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
Setting Goals to Improve Your Health
Making changes to prevent or manage diabetes is about setting goals that work for you. Breaking a goal down into small steps can make achieving it easier.
Physical Activity: Practical Tips and Action Steps
Being physically active can help you prevent and manage diabetes. Find out how to take small steps to become more active and keep it up over time.
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Losing weight wasn’t easy for Latecia, but after seeing her mom live with diabetes, she knew she needed to make changes in her life to prevent the disease.
Managing Type 2 Diabetes: Sorcy's Story
Sorcy has changed her family's eating and activity habits to help manage her diabetes—and to prevent the disease in her daughters.
The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes
Sandra’s history of gestational diabetes increases her future risk for developing diabetes and her son’s risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. She and her family take steps to prevent diabetes together. If you have a history of gestational diabetes, find out what you can do to stay healthy and reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Need help getting started, or feeling overwhelmed? Take a look at some of the resources below to help you get on the right track.
Cope with Stress and Emotions
- AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors Handouts - Healthy Coping
These handouts provide facts, tips, advice, and activities for seven different areas of self-care to focus on when you are trying to manage your diabetes.
- Active at Any Size
This booklet addresses the special challenges for very large people who are physically active and provides tips and ideas to become more active and healthier—no matter what your size.
- Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging
This guide has many types of exercise and physical activity for at all activity levels, and has tips to help you be active in ways that suit your lifestyle, interests, health, and budget.
- A Healthier You
This easy-to-use resource guide helps you make smart choices from every food group, find balance between food and physical activity, and get the most out of the calories you consume.
- Journey for Control
This website is filled with information about living with diabetes and developing habits for healthy eating and physical activity through small, sensible steps.
Manage Your Weight
- Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Information for Patients
These three booklets help with diabetes risk assesment, and include an activity tracker and fat and calorie counter to help you implement a program to prevent or delay the onset of the disease.
This national weight management program is designed to help veterans lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health. The materials can also be used by non-VA patients.
Use NDEP’s promotional kit, including a presentation, newsletter article, and flyer to promote Diabetes HealthSense in your community.
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