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July Partner Spotlight

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Adapts NDEP’s Movimiento DVD for Local Support Group

BackgroundKentucky DPCP Diabetes Class

The Lexington-Fayette County Diabetes Coalition offered to sponsor the new walking DVD project in order to offer a more structured program along with Latin movements to increase physical activity. The purpose of this project was to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking support group members who were struggling to find a tool to help expand their physical activity options. A local Zumba instructor choreographed the Latin steps using six songs from NDEP’s Movimiento por su vida soundtrack, as well as several purchased music tracks. A local film group was contracted to produce and edit the DVD. Support group members practiced several times a week for three months before the DVD was produced. A local dance company donated their space for the video shoot. A total of 500 DVDs were produced for a total expense of $6,500. This low cost reflected the multiple cooperative partners that invested in this project, including: Bluegrass Community Health Center, Kentucky Dance Sport, and the Keeneland Association.


In terms of evaluation, the program continues to track individuals who are using the DVD. Plans are underway to follow up in six months to evaluate how effective the DVD is in promoting daily physical activity.

For more information about this project, please contact Janey Wendschlag, R.N., B.S.N. at


Deerghayu Foundation Utilizes NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit in Rural Communities in India


The Deerghayu Foundation is a registered nonprofit organization with locations in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India and Atlanta, Ga. The organization strives to make a difference in India by focusing on helping people make behavior changes to prevent chronic noncommunicable diseases. The foundation strongly believes in its motto, “Outreach, Innovate, and Prevent Lifestyle Diseases,” and reaches communities in inner cities and villages with innovative training methods where health care and knowledge about lifestyle diseases are often scarce. Since its inception in the spring of 2010, the foundation has reached more than 2,000 people in south eastern Rajasthan. To learn more about the foundation or to see videos and photos of the training sessions, click here.


The foundation conducted a door-to-door survey in six districts of south eastern Rajasthan to identify health needs in the community. Survey questions focused on hypertension and diabetes prevalence, family health history, awareness of diseases, frequency of medical care, and use of alternative medicine. The survey results guided the development and design of a comprehensive pilot program for diabetes awareness and behavior change—a challenge in a large country area with very few doctors and no system of diabetes educators. A comprehensive review of existing diabetes tools guided the foundation to NDEP’s resources that address the needs of communities, particularly those targeting non-health care professionals. The goal of the pilot program is to evaluate the process of adapting NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit to the needs of diabetes and hypertension detection camps at inner-city areas, remote villages, workplaces, residential complexes, and community centers.

ImplementationDiabetes class

The foundation has developed and utilized several educational tools including the Road to Health Toolkit. The foundation utilized the toolkit through a special camp that was organized for professors of the Meera Girls College. Classes were implemented in rural communities to provide tips for healthy eating and disease prevention. Plans are underway to adapt and customize the toolkit in Hindi and Gujarati languages and to the appropriate skill level of rural health care workers.

Results & Lessons Learned

Despite many health care system challenges for diabetes education and care that India is facing, participants at the clinic appreciate the “Traffic Light Method” and the way a human story is conveyed by a brother and sister pair. The key message of this toolkit—prevention—is very positive and is appreciated by the participants in the Indian culture. To date, more than 300 people in India have been educated using this toolkit.

For more information about this effort, contact Anand Chaturvedi at

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