Topic last updated March 2007
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National Diabetes Education Program
Small Steps Big Rewards Toolkit
The Small Steps. Big Rewards. GAME PLAN Toolkit is based on the lifestyle modification strategies used in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Find the latest evidence-based tools and techniques to help your patients with pre-diabetes lose weight and increase their physical activity to prevent diabetes, including a Fat and Calorie Counter and a Food and Activity Tracker.
Diabetes prevention tip sheets for African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian and Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and older adult audiences.
It's Never Too Early to Prevent Diabetes. A Lifetime of Small Steps for a Healthy Family. A tip sheet for women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus and their families who are at increased risk for diabetes.
Tips for Kids: Lower Your Risk for type 2 Diabetes
This colorful, easy-to-read tip sheet encourages young people to take steps to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes. It provides tips to reach a healthy weight and lead an active lifestyle and includes activity and healthy food guides.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Obesity Education Initiative
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health launched the Obesity Education Initiative in January 1991. The overall purpose of the initiative is to help reduce the prevalence of overweight along with the prevalence of physical inactivity in order to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and overall morbidity and mortality from CHD. Special applications include:
National Diabetes Education Program
Diabetesatwork.org can help businesses and managed care companies to assess the impact of diabetes in the workplace, and provide information to help employees manage their diabetes and take steps toward reducing risks for related complications, such as heart disease.
Fact sheets are provided for a variety of health and wellness education needs. They are resources that provide employers with educational materials that can be quickly accessed and disseminated. Fact sheets can be easily e-mailed to employees, posted on central bulletin boards in lunch rooms or health centers and distributed at health fairs or during diabetes support groups. Many fact sheets are in Spanish.
Lesson plans are provided to serve as a basis for a variety of health education activities, such as a lecture series, a diabetes support group curriculum, and “Lunch and Learn” forums. Ideally, diabetes educators, occupational health providers, other health care professionals, or wellness coordinators should lead the lessons. Knowledgeable human resource managers and supervisors may also be able to deliver the material. Select lesson plans, PowerPoint slide sets and handouts are available in Spanish.
Lesson plans include:
- Outline with objectives, script guide, suggested group activities or exercises, and recommendations for shortening the lesson to a 15- to 20-minute time period
- PowerPoint Slide Sets
- While the lesson plans focus on diabetes issues, many can be adapted to discuss high blood pressure, heart disease prevention, weight loss and management, physical activity, nutrition, and stress management.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC Overweight and Obesity website offers the following information and tools:
- Defining overweight and obesity
- Obesity trends and contributing factors
- Health and economic consequences
- Childhood overweight
- State-based programs
- Frequently asked questions and resources
- Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculators:
United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) supports the USPSTF as part of the Agency's mission to enhance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health care services. The Task Force is the leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care and conducts rigorous, impartial assessments of the scientific evidence for a broad range of preventive services.
USPSTF recommendations are available for the following:
Additional Information Materials for Patients
A Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults, section on diabetes check-ups
American Diabetes Association
Information on how to prevent diabetes through healthy eating and exercise.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists: The Power of Prevention
Information of personalized goal setting, a body mass calculator, and a quiz to help people at risk to prevent diabetes.
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