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August Partner Spotlight

Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut Partners with Local Senior Center to Promote NDEP’s Prevention Messages

Participants moving while listening to Movimiento por su vida cd

Janet Perez-Otero, Outreach Education Coordinator at the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AASCC), partnered with the Atwater senior center in New Haven, Connecticut to provide diabetes prevention education and encourage physical activity to its members. Ms. Perez-Otero worked to bridge the communication gap between Spanish and English-speaking senior center members by using NDEP’s Movimiento por su vida, a lively music CD/DVD that encourages Hispanics/Latinos to incorporate more movement into their lives to prevent or manage diabetes. Movimiento was promoted in the senior center’s newsletter and on flyers in neighborhood churches and stores.

Healthy food preparation demonstration

For eight weeks, Ms. Perez-Otero taught participants to dance to salsa rhythms and provided information on healthy eating such as traditional American dishes as well as foods from Latin cultures. When the program concluded, participants held a fiesta and brought in healthy foods that represented their cultures. The members enjoyed Movimiento so much that they decided to continue to meet after the program ended to dance together and enjoy the benefits of fun, physical activity.

While coordinating this activity, Ms. Perez-Otero learned that people will join together and participate in activities that are enjoyable and meaningful to them. She also learned that if participants are involved in the planning process, they are more likely to participate in an activity. To learn more about this promotion, contact Ms. Perez-Otero at

Amerigroup Corporation Promotes NDEP Resources in its Diabetes Kits for National Diabetes Awareness Month

Amerigroup - Real Solutions in healthcare logo

Amerigroup Corporation, a multi-state managed health care company, coordinates services for individuals in publicly funded health care programs. Serving approximately 1.9 million members in 11 states, Amerigroup assembled diabetes reference kits for its member plans to utilize last year during National Diabetes Awareness Month. The reference kits included the National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP’s) Tips to Help You Stay Healthy and If You Have Diabetes, Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers in English and in Spanish. Amerigroup used the tip sheets for health fairs, presentations and other community-based programs.

Recognized as a leader in corporate social responsibility and in serving those individuals on publicly funded health care programs, Amerigroup takes pride in its proactive approach to member wellness. Amerigroup care managers continue to use the NDEP tip sheets for people who want to learn more about the disease.

For more information about this promotion, contact Amerigroup Senior Vice President of Communications Tara J. Wall at (757) 518-3671.

Aberdeen American Indians Star in Posters to Help Kids Move It!

Image of Move it! poster

The McLaughlin Indian Health Service Clinic/Aberdeen Area gave NDEP’s materials a community twist by featuring residents from eight local districts in NDEP’sMove It! And Reduce Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes posters specially designed to encourage children and teens to lower their risk and manage type 2 diabetes through physical activity. The new posters were placed in schools and community centers, and showcased colorful images of local children and adults participating in fun exercise activities together. The Wakanyaja Waste (Good Child) Program received a $1,000 Diabetes Prevention and Education mini-grant from NDEP partner the Association of American Indian Physicians to supplement its childhood obesity prevention.

“These posters are a colorful example of what we are doing to improve the quality of health of American Indian and Alaskan Native people,” said Indian Health Services Director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux. Project coordinator Rita Bordeaux explained, “The pictures of community adults and children participating in healthy activities together promote how parents can serve as role models for their children’s health.”

The program uses NDEP’s Move It! posters, Tips for Kids: How to Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes, Tips for Teens: Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes, We Have the Power to Prevent Diabetes, and 4 Steps to Control Diabetes. For Life. to reduce the burden of diabetes among 6 to 18-year-olds in their community.

Revised Lesson Plans on Diabetes At Work Touted in AHIP Newsletter Reaching 24,500

In May, NDEP’s Business Health Strategy Work Group (BHS WG) posted a set of lesson plans on the website that had been carefully revised by WG members to better address the needs of worksite wellness and health promotion programs. The lesson plans are geared for use in “lunch and learns” that focus on employee diabetes prevention and control.

The BHS WG members were encouraged to get the word out on the revised plans and were provided with a short news brief that could be tailored for use in their employee newsletters. Rita Carreon, deputy director of clinical strategies and health care equity at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and the AHIP representative to NDEP, took the request a step further. She posted the news brief in the AHIP Solutions SmartBrief, an e-newsletter that goes out three times a week to 24,500 health insurers, health plan professionals, medical professional, and others interested in employee and population health and wellness issues.

The article ran in the July 13 issues of AHIP Solutions SmartBrief and readers were provided with links to easily share the brief via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and email.


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