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Month of May
Older Americans Month
In honor of Older Americans Month, the National Diabetes Education Program is joining the Administration on Aging to help older adults stay positive, active, and looking forward by encouraging them to make changes for better health - whether they are working to prevent type 2 diabetes or manage the disease. Get involved this month by sharing the following documents with older adults. You can also search NDEP Diabetes HealthSense for more tools to help older adults set goals and make changes to live well.
It's Not Too Late to Prevent Diabetes
National High Blood Pressure Education Month
About 67 million American adults have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is called "the silent killer" because many people have it and don't know it. The CDC is encouraging people to "Power Down" in May by having their blood pressure checked and taking action if it's too high.
Healthy Vision Month
When it comes to health, our eyes aren't always a priority. During Healthy Vision Month, the National Eye Institute empowers people to make eye health a priority and educates them about steps they can take to protect their vision.
National Minority Health Month (April)
Search the National Diabetes Education Program's publications and resources by race/ethnicity and language to find diabetes management and prevention tools that you can use to reach populations disproportionately affected by the disease. Some examples of the resources offered are below:
Through its partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Alabama Diabetes Program is offering the following free resources for National Minority Health Month. The AHRQ Effective Health Care Program produces short, evidence-based clinician research summaries and patient treatment summaries for health conditions that are prevalent among minority populations. These summaries help patients and caregivers explore treatment options, compare the benefits and risks of each, and prepare to discuss them with their health care providers.
National Foot Health Awareness Month (April)
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month
Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. While social, emotional and health factors also play a role, the foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat most. This year's key messages for National Nutrition Month focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.
American Diabetes Association Alert Day (March 24)
Alert Day is a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. It is held on the fourth Tuesday of March every year. Learn more at American Diabetes Association or National Diabetes Education Program.
World Oral Health Day is March 20, 2015
American Heart Month (February)
If you have diabetes, it's important to take care of your heart. Diabetes can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. However, people with diabetes can lower their risk of heart problems by managing the ABCs of Diabetes: A1C, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol.
Black History Month (February)
Having a family history of diabetes places you at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Knowing your family health history is important because it gives you and your health care team information about your risk for type 2 diabetes and other health problems.
- January is Glaucoma Awareness Month
- Make a Plan: If you are dealing with a health issue such as diabetes, you may find that you struggle at one time or another. Making changes in how you care for your health is a matter of trying and learning.
13th Annual Diabetes and Obesity Conference (November 21, 2014)
UAB Cures Diabetes in Lab Mice, Prepares for Human Trial
A new study at the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center may prove beneficial for thousands of Alabamians. Researchers have cured diabetes in lab mice using a commonly prescribed blood pressure medication, Verapamil. Visit WIAT.com for the full story.
November is National Diabetes Month
November is a time to shine a spotlight on a serious disease that leads to potentially life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation. The following links provide resources for understanding and managing diabetes. You can also learn more at the National Diabetes Education Program and the American Diabetes Association.
Diabetic Eye Disease Month (November)
Diabetic eye disease, caused by diabetes, is a leading cause of blindness and vision loss. Learn more about how you can increase your community’s awareness of diabetic eye disease at National Eye Institute.
Diabetes Ambassador Program
The Alabama Diabetes Program has partnered with Resurrection Catholic School in Montgomery to start a Diabetes Ambassador Program. Seven students were appointed to help in the fight against diabetes by educating fellow students, school staff and parents about the disease. Montgomery's CBS 8 News has more information in their report.
Diabetes Care During Natural Disasters, Emergencies and Hazards
During natural disasters, emergencies, and hazards people with diabetes face particular challenges to their health care. The CDC has compiled many natural disaster and emergency resources in English, Spanish, and several other languages.
NDEP Partner Spotlight: Alabama Department of Public Health
The National Diabetes Education Program spotlights the ADPH Diabetes Program's use of the Road to Health Toolkit to educate Alabamians in schools, senior centers and prisons about diabetes. You can read the full Spotlight article at NDEP.
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
The National Diabetes Education Program offers the following information on preventing and managing diabetes among Hispanics and Latinos.
Setting Goals to Improve Your Health
The New Year is a great time to make changes for better health. Whether people want to eat healthier, be more active, or cope with the stress and emotions of having a chronic disease like diabetes, the National Diabetes Education Program's Diabetes HealthSense provides a variety of resources to help implement and sustain changes in behavior.
Men's Health Month (June)
June is known as Men's Health Month. This month, along with National Men's Health Week (June 9-15) and Father's Day are opportunities to help men in your community make healthy changes to prevent type 2 diabetes or manage the disease. Check out this list of online resources to help you make the most of Men's Health Month.
Back-to-School Month (August)
As children get ready for the school year to begin, it's important to remember the unique challenges faced by those with diabetes. The National Diabetes Education Program offers several resources to ensure a healthy, successful school year for students with diabetes.
Traveling with Diabetes
The summer months are prime travel time. If you or someone you love has diabetes, make sure you check out these tips on how to maintain good health while on the road:
Fruits & Veggies - More Matters Month (September)
A healthy diet is crucial in the prevention and management of diabetes. Learn about the importance of introducing more fruits and vegetables to your family's dinner table, get delicious recipes and more from these online resources:
Healthy Aging Month (September)
As you get older, your risk of type 2 diabetes increases. The National Diabetes Education Program offers resources to help older adults lead healthier lives and reduce their risk of diabetes.
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