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Sep 12, 2011
“Heading Back to School with Diabetes” Radio Media Tour
It’s back-to-school season and former NDEP Chair Francine Kaufman, M.D., participated in a national radio media tour to raise awareness about the importance of managing diabetes in youth, particularly in the school setting, and as youth transition from pediatric to adult health care. Listen to an excerpt from one of Dr. Kaufman’s interviews.
Sep 03, 2011
NIDDK Director Offers Tips to Parents of Children with Diabetes
In an interview with NIH Radio, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), provided advice to all parents, targeted especially to those of children with diabetes, on how to get a healthy start to the school year and continue healthy habits year-round.
During the interview, Dr. Rodgers provided the following advice:
- Teach your child healthy eating habits and encourage physical activity.
- Know if your child’s weight and height are in a healthy range.
- Talk to your health care provider if you think your child may be overweight or obese.
- Being overweight or obese may increase the risk of serious health problems, such as diabetes.
- Prepare school nurses, teachers, and other school personnel to help your child with diabetes manage their disease and respond to emergencies.
Aug 08, 2011
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. For students with diabetes and their parents, getting ready for a new school year includes a lot more than buying new clothes, backpacks, notebooks, and pens. It means buying a whole list of diabetes supplies to keep at school—but also preparing school staff to help keep their children safe at school and at school-sponsored activities.
As the school year begins, parents of youth with diabetes are encouraged to follow these tips from the NDEP’s Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel to help ensure their children’s safety and well-being.
- Take action. Notify the school right away that your child has diabetes.
- Work with your child’s health care team to develop a “Diabetes Medical Management Plan.”
- Meet with the school nurse to go over your child’s school health care plans.
- Provide the school with all supplies, medicines, and items needed to carry out your child’s health care and emergency plans.
- Be an active member of the school health team.
For more tips to help students with diabetes prepare for a new school year, check out NDEP’s new feature article “Heading Back to School with Diabetes.” To order a free copy of NDEP’s Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel, call 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337), TTY: 1-866-569-1162, or visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org to download a copy of the guide. You also can check out NDEP’s additional resources for youth and families, such as NDEP’s online Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care tool, the Tips for Teens tip sheet series, and When Your Child is Diagnosed with Diabetes: Parents’ Questions for the Health Care Team.