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type 2 diabetes can cause serious health problems like heart disease. Hispanic or Latino American. or sister with diabetes Are African American.diabetes. You may be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you: • • • • Are age 45 or older Are overweight Have a parent. American Indian. In the United States. stroke. more than 25 million people are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. if it’s not controlled.org/) American Diabetes Month is a time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control. and blindness.November 2013 Toolkit — American Diabetes Month American Diabetes Month Sponsor: American Diabetes Association (http://www. Asian American. Over time. or Pacific Islander Have had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) Have had a baby with a birth weight of more than 9 pounds Have high blood pressure or cholesterol Exercise less than 3 times a week • • • • You can do a lot to lower your chances of getting type 2 diabetes by: • • • Watching your weight Eating healthy Staying active National Health Information Center 2 . brother.
National Health Information Center 3 .November 2013 Toolkit — American Diabetes Month Get the Word Out Sample Media and/or Newsletter or Listserv Announcement Cut and paste this text into your newsletter. or who have high blood pressure are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Today. People who are overweight. or press release. • • [Add details about your local activities.] [Include a quote from your organization.] For more information. age 45 or older. The good news is that you can take steps to lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes: • • • Watch your weight. visit [insert your organization information]. Add local details and quotes from your organization. listserv. Learn more about preventing type 2 diabetes. [Enter organization] is proud to participate in American Diabetes Month to promote diabetes prevention and control. Stay active. [Enter local statistics]. Eat healthy. more than 25 million Americans are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
usa.healthfinder.gov/StayConnected/ecards/DisplayCard.aspx?CardID=6) healthfinder.gov/StayConnected/ecards/DisplayCard.aspx#november) to your Web site.gov: Eat Healthy (http://www.gov/OmNoz0 %5BPDF – 1MB%5D Q. Glucose is the main source of energy for your body.gov/nHzF5o Send E-cards • • • healthfinder.gov: Watch Your Weight (http://www.gov: Be Active (http://www.aspx?CardID=16) Post a Web Badge Add this free Web badge (http://healthfinder. or social networking profile to show your support for American Diabetes Month.November 2013 Toolkit — American Diabetes Month Is your organization on Twitter? Send tweets.gov/StayConnected/ecards/DisplayCard. Learn more: http://1.usa.healthfinder. What is glucose? A.usa.gov/bKyFHF Tasty recipes for people with diabetes & their families: http://1.usa.usa. Share these tweets: • • • • • Prevent Diabetes.gov/NHO/nhoBadges.healthfinder. National Health Information Center 4 . Know the risk factors for diabetes: http://1.gov/crccTm Protect yourself.aspx?CardID=5) healthfinder.gov/3ve0Cl 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes: http://1. blog. Learn more: http://1.
Partner with your local gym or YMCA center to host a Diabetes Prevention Party focused on healthy eating habits and exercise. Ask the fitness staff to host free demonstrations or fitness classes. Host a cooking demonstration with diabetes-friendly recipes from a local nutritionist.org for more information and materials. Make a presentation on type 2 diabetes prevention at their next health event. Post tips on type 2 diabetes prevention on your employee bulletin board during the month of November. Adapted from the American Diabetes Association. Give away free one-day gym passes. 4. Contact the American Diabetes Association (http://www. Encourage your members to get active. Invite local gyms to showcase their fitness classes and programs.diabetes. or workout gear. 3.org/) AskADA@diabetes. fitness classes. at National Health Information Center 5 . Partner with local churches that have a health ministry. 1. Include healthy Thanksgiving recipes in your next newsletter or company email along with quick tips on how to prevent type 2 diabetes. 2.November 2013 Toolkit — American Diabetes Month Get Involved Take action to increase awareness about type 2 diabetes. 5.
gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditionsand-diseases/diabetes/eat-healthy) Get Active (http://healthfinder.aspx) Heart Healthy Foods: Shopping list (http://healthfinder.nih.aspx) • • • • • • More Information (Related Resources) • • Diabetes (http://www.usda.healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/healthconditions-and-diseases/diabetes/watch-your-weight) • Personal Health Tools • Adult BMI Calculator (http://www.gov/FindServices/SearchContext.aspx?topic=233) Diabetic Eye Problems (http://www.gov/default.cdc.html) Daily Food and Activity Tracker (http://www.healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-anddiseases/diabetes/take-steps-to-prevent-type-2-diabetes) Watch Your Weight (http://healthfinder.gov/am-i-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculat or/bmi_calculator.November 2013 Toolkit — American Diabetes Month Share These Tools Health Topics • • • Eat Healthy (http://healthfinder.nih.htm) Diabetes Risk Test (http://ndep.gov/HealthTopics/Category/doctor-visits/talking-with-thedoctor/preventing-diabetes-questions-for-the-doctor) SuperTracker (https://www.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/diaryint.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-anddiseases/diabetes/losing-weight-conversation-starters) Preventing Diabetes: Questions for the doctor (http://healthfinder.gov/FindServices/SearchContext.aspx?topic=14501) National Health Information Center 6 .nhlbi.supertracker.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-anddiseases/heart-health/heart-healthy-foods-shopping-list) Losing Weight: Conversation starters (http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-anddiseases/diabetes/get-active) Take Steps to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (http://healthfinder.
nia.cfm) — Department of Health and Human Services.gov/minorityhealth/american-indians/diabetes. National Institute on Aging • • • • • National Health Information Center 7 .gov/health/publication/diabetes-older-people) — National Institutes of Health.org/) — American Diabetes Month Sponsor Diabetes Public Health Resource (http://www.nkdep.gov/i-have-diabetes/index.gov/features/livingwithdiabetes/) — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes: Minority Women’s Health (http://www.nih.nih.gov/diabetes/consumer/index.htm) — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention November is National Diabetes Month (http://www. National Diabetes Education Program What African Americans with Diabetes or High Blood Pressure Need to Know (http://www.womenshealth.nih.gov/resources/african-american-kidney-disease.cdc.diabetes.shtml) — National Institutes of Health. National Kidney Disease Education Program Diabetes in Older People: A Disease You Can Manage (http://www.November 2013 Toolkit — American Diabetes Month Find More Information • • American Diabetes Association (http://www.aspx) — National Institutes of Health.cdc. Office on Women’s Health I Have Diabetes (http://ndep.
radio. Meet with those who will be valuable in your event coordination. key leaders. Encourage your partners to post similar announcements on their Web sites. To get started. who share an interest in the NHO. and community liaisons. Use local-access television. local government agencies. Send a press release. Recruit volunteers. such as local businesses. and media partners. newspaper. sit down with potential partners. and promote healthy behaviors.healthfinder. speakers. Designate a media contact from your planning team and make sure he or she is available to answer questions and follow up on media requests.gov/nho/) have the information and tools you need to get started. • • Consider enlisting the help of a community partner to help you plan and promote your event. Conduct a run-through before the event. Post event announcements on your Web site. Be sure to get them printed and/or copied in advance. • • • • Start by creating a local media list. Use the tips in this guide to plan a successful health promotion event. (Contact information for each month’s sponsoring organization is provided in each toolkit). • • • • Promoting: Develop a publicity and media outreach plan. Develop new or adapt existing materials to distribute at the event. organizations. National Health Information Center 8 . Planning: Planning is critical to the success of any outreach effort. and community calendars to promote your event. The NHO toolkits (http://www.November 2013 Toolkit — American Diabetes Month Tips to Plan a National Health Observance Each National Health Observance (NHO) presents an opportunity to educate the public. energize co-workers and community members. Contact the NHO sponsoring organization several months ahead of time to request up-to-date information and materials.
and Twitter. Tracking Media Coverage: If you are distributing information to the media. and businesses. No matter the size or success of your event. recreation centers. and a check-in table prior to your event. Be sure to share media coverage with your community partners. Create a separate sign-in sheet for members of the media.November 2013 Toolkit — American Diabetes Month • • • Engage the media by offering a spokesperson from your organization or the community. Don’t forget the refreshments! Make signs to direct participants and reporters to your event. stakeholders. Some tracking services will send automatic email alerts to notify you when your event and/or keywords are mentioned. Paid media tracking typically captures a wider range of media stories (both print and online) than free Internet search tools. National Health Information Center 9 . There are both paid and free resources to track media coverage. Other paid media services monitor all forms of social media. stores. and/or specific dates. Make plenty of sign-in sheets. libraries. opinion sites. mainstream online media. places of worship. Post flyers or posters throughout the community: on bulletin boards at local community centers. clinics. post offices. Free media tracking resources search for news articles based on your specific search term(s) and a date range. including blogs. plan ahead of time to track your coverage. Paid media tracking sources search within certain locations. news outlet types. forums. Some paid media tracking tools offer email alerts and the ability to search archived Web and print news. top video and imagesharing sites. On the Day of the Event: • • • • Set up tables. pharmacies. Post a summary of media coverage on your organization’s Web site. local schools. and all those who helped you plan and promote your event. Send flyers to each participating organization for distribution. they also allow users to tailor searches to obtain the most relevant media stories. chairs.
You can contact us at info@nhic. Last but not least.gov.November 2013 Toolkit — American Diabetes Month remember that your efforts are key to educating the public about important health issues.com/healthfinder) . share your feedback and results with us here at healthfinder.org or send us a tweet @healthfinder (http://twitter. National Health Information Center 10 .