NDEP Launches New Online Tool for Better Health
Feb 27, 2012
In observance of American Diabetes Association Alert Day® on Tuesday, March 27, the NDEP is raising awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes. This year, the NDEP encourages people to know their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk Test, and, if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, take Just One Step toward better health with NDEP’s Just One Step online tool.
Understanding what can increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes is an important first step. To find out if you are at risk, take the diabetes risk test at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/alertday2012.
If you are at risk, studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing a small amount of weight – 5 to 7 percent (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) – and becoming more active. Action steps include making healthy food choices and being active at least 30 minutes, five days a week.
To help you take these small, but important steps, the NDEP’s Just One Step interactive tool can guide you in taking small steps that can help you reach your health goal. The tool will help you think about:
- What step you will take to help you reach your goal (for example, walking more),
- When and how often you will do it (for example, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during lunch), and
- How much/how long (for example, 15 minutes each time).
The key to reaching your health goal – and sticking with it – is to set a goal and make a step-by-step plan. Making changes in how you care for your health is a matter of trying and learning. It’s important to think about what is important to you and your health, and think about the kinds of changes that you are willing and able to make.
For more information about NDEP’s Just One Step tool, visit YourDiabetesInfo.org/JustOneStep. Check out NDEP’s Diabetes Alert Day page at YourDiabetesInfo.org/AlertDay2012 to learn how you can help spread the word in your community.