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Turn Your Twitter Page Blue for World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes DayIn recognition of the global burden of diabetes, NDEP is supporting World Diabetes Day, which is Sunday, November 14, by turning its website and Twitter page blue November 12-19. You can join us and show your support by turning your Twitter page blue, too, and letting others know why you’ve done this by sharing the following message on Twitter:

My Twitter page is blue for World Diabetes Day! Show your support by turning your page blue, too! Learn how: #wdd

 How to turn your Twitter page blue:

  1. Log in to your Twitter account
  2. Click on the “Settings” button at the top right of the page, then click on the “Design” tab
  3. Scroll down past Twitter’s themes, click the “Change background image” box, and then select “Don’t use a background image”
  4. Click on the “Change design colors” box
  5. Click on the “background” color box and type “1199de” into the text box
  6. Click done and then save changes
  7. Return to your Twitter page by clicking on the Twitter logo at the top left-hand side of the screen
  8. Share the message above with your followers to help NDEP raise awareness of diabetes.

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Help NDEP spread National Diabetes Awareness Month on Facebook

Millions of people may not realize that because type 2 diabetes runs in their family they are at risk for developing the disease.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and NDEP needs your help to spread the word about the importance of family health history. If your mother, father, sister, or brother has diabetes, you are at risk. But you can take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes by making important lifestyle changes.

Each day, many of you log in to Facebook, along with millions of other people around world. Help NDEP raise awareness of family health history and diabetes by sharing the following message with your friends and family:

Many people with type 2 diabetes have one or more family members with the disease. During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the National Diabetes Education Program encourages everyone to discuss health history with their family to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Click “share” to repost this message as your Facebook status update to show your support and help raise awareness of diabetes to your friends and family.

Additional information:

Learn more about family health history and diabetes>

Use these four questions to talk to your family about its health history>

Learn more about preventing type 2 diabetes>

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October Partner Spotlight

Wisconsin DPCP Develops Table Tents for Corporate Lunchrooms Using NDEP Materials

Table Top Promo

The Wisconsin Diabetes Advisory Group (DAG), convened by the Wisconsin Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (WI DPCP), includes representatives from more than 80 key organizations involved in diabetes in throughout the state. Its mission is to reduce the economic, social, physical, and psychological impact of diabetes in Wisconsin by enhancing the quality of services.

The Community Focus DAG work group (WG) created table tents for corporate lunchrooms to increase workforce knowledge of the signs, symptoms, and risks of type 2 diabetes, as well as prevention strategies. The goal of this project was to increase traffic to the web portal during the 2009 National Diabetes Awareness Month.

Under the leadership of NDEP’s Business Health Strategies WG vice chair Pam Geis, WI DPCP staff designed a prototype for the DAG WG’s approval using information from NDEP’s bilingual Prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Step by Step. (Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2. Paso a Paso) tip sheet. The 9-inch tall, three-sided, full-color educational piece included the NDEP website and featured panels on the following topics:

  • What is diabetes?
  • Who is at risk for type 2 diabetes?
  • Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes, and
  • Preventing type 2 diabetes

As this was a pilot and necessary quantities were unknown, the WI DPCP made online ordering available from October 5 through 13 to their corporate wellness database, WI DAG members, HMO Collaborative, and regional mail groups for both the northern and western regions of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Organizations that ordered the table tents were asked to participate in an evaluation. Of the 302 total orders, 118 (or 39 percent) participated in the evaluation process. Highlights include:

  • 90 percent were very satisfied with the quality of the table tents; 85 percent were very satisfied with the content
  • 40 percent said that the table tents were effective in promoting awareness of diabetes within their organization
  • 74 percent said the table tents facilitated discussion about diabetes within their organization and/or between employees
  • While 84 percent used the table tents in lunchrooms, 31 percent specified other areas not listed in the survey, such as waiting and patient exam rooms, wellness and fitness centers, churches, blood pressure screenings, etc.

Overall, the table tents increased traffic to The largest spike in visits occurred during the first two weeks of October 2009, which coincided with the e-mail announcing the availability for ordering. To learn more about this promotion, contact Pam Geis at

Trish Herrmann of the Arizona DPCP Promotes NDEP Messages on CBS Radio Stations

Arizona Department of Health Services logo

In May of 2010, Trish Herrmann, diabetes program manager, Arizona Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP), participated in an interview to discuss managing and preventing type 2 diabetes in adults. The 11-minute interview aired during the “Sunday Sunrise” show on the following CBS affiliate radio stations:

  • KMLE 107.9 FM
  • KOOL 94.5 FM, and
  • KZON 101.5 FM

During the interview, Trish provided a brief overview of the different types of diabetes, discussed risk factors and how to prevent the disease, highlighted NDEP’s Small Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent Type 2 Diabetes and Managing Diabetes, It’s Not Easy But It’s Worth It campaign messages. Throughout the interview, Trish encouraged listeners to contact NDEP to order free resources and to learn more about diabetes.

To listen to the interview in its entirety, click here. To read interview script, click here. For more information about this promotion, contact Trish Herrmann at

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NDEP Attending NACHC Conference

National Association of Community Health Centers

NDEP will be exhibiting at the National Association of Community Health Centers' (NACHC) Community Health Institute and Expo in Dallas, Texas September 12-14, 2010. Stop by booth 215 to see us!

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September Partner Spotlight

Hispanic/Latino Work Group Members Use NDEP’s Road to Health Tool Kit to Reduce Diabetes Risk in U.S.-Mexico Border Region

NDEP’s Road to Health Tool Kit

The U.S.-Mexico Border Diabetes Prevention and Control Project, the first study to consider the whole U.S.-Mexico border as one epidemiological unit, aims to reduce the burden of diabetes among people with type 2 diabetes living in the region by developing and implementing strategies in collaboration with the 10 Border States, and conducting activities in two related and chronological phases:

  1. Development of a prevalence study and identification of risk factors, and
  2. Implementation an intervention for diabetes prevention and control.

NDEP’s Hispanic/Latino Work Group (H/L WG) chair Rosalba Ruiz-Holguin, M.D. is the program director. For the past year, Rosalba and Martha Londoño – an NDEP Road to Health (RTH) tool kit co-author – have been providing trainings using the tool kit to community health workers (CHWs)/promotores in the region. The CHWs/promotores will implement a family-based intervention to provide diabetes primary prevention education classes to families at risk for type 2 diabetes. Inspired by the photo journal component of the RTH tool kit, the trained CHWs/promotores are currently developing their own photo journal to capture their testimonies and lessons learned while being trained. In addition, the Mexico Health Secretariat, represented by Agustín Lara, M.D., also an H/L WG member, is adapting the tool kit to address the needs of the Mexican population.

For more information visit the U.S.-Mexico Border Diabetes Prevention and Control Project website or contact Rosalba Ruiz-Holguin.

AmerisourceBergen Develops Diabetes Kits and Includes Co-Branded NDEP Resources

Amerisource Bergen and the Diabetes Shoppe

Since November 2009, AmerisourceBergen Corporation has incorporated NDEP resources in its Diabetes Shoppe® program for pharmacists serving patients with diabetes and their families. AmerisourceBergen Corporation, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies, created its Diabetes Shoppe program to help independent pharmacies better serve their patients with diabetes. Diabetes Shoppe provides specialized training to pharmacists and staff to ensure that they have the knowledge and expertise about diabetes supplies and products, medications and lifestyle issues that affect patients every day. Located in 1,400 community pharmacies throughout the country that are locally owned and operated, Diabetes Shoppe provides simple diabetes information, quality products and individualized support to help patients manage their diabetes.

Diabetes Shoppe provides its member pharmacies with promotional packages that include diabetes resources both for the pharmacist and his or her patients. AmerisourceBergen has co-branded three NDEP resources in the first year of this partnership: Diabetes Numbers At-a-Glance, included in a special kit created for National Diabetes Month in November; a diabetes risk test, timed to coincide with Diabetes Alert Day in March but designed for use throughout the year; and the foot-care brochure, Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime, included in a package for new Diabetes Shoppe members and promoted to existing members. The NDEP and AmerisourceBergen teams continue to explore opportunities for NDEP resources to support the Diabetes Shoppe outreach.

For more information about AmerisourceBergen’s Diabetes Shoppe program, contact Ceci Zeigler L.P.N., National Director, In Store Pharmacy Solutions, in Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania at (610) 727-7344.

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