News and Events
Registration for 2014 Camp Seale Harris and Sugar Falls Day Camps
Southeastern Diabetes Education Services has announced that registration for 2014 sessions of Camp Seale Harris and Sugar Falls Day Camps are now open. These camps provide medically-supervised camping experiences for youths with diabetes. Visit Camp Seale Harris for a list of upcoming events, sessions, and online registration.
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)
In observance of Foot Health Awareness Month, the National Diabetes Education Program offers a newly revised version of its Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime brochure.
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.
Older Americans Month (May)
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.
Men's Health Month (June)
National Men's Health Week (June 10-16) and Father's Day (June 16) are opportunities to help men in your community make healthy changes to prevent type 2 diabetes or manage the disease. Encourage men to take control of their health by sharing real-life stories of National Diabetes Education Program volunteers Haywood, David and Sterling, and using NDEP's 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life brochure and the Get Real! You Don't Have to Knock Yourself Out to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet.
Travelling 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:
Visit Brochures, Media and Related Links for a variety of resources on preventing and managing diabetes.
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.
Diabetes Care During Natural Disasters, Emergencies and Hazards
Storm season is here. Learn how people with diabetes and their families can be prepared.
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.
Hispanic Heritage Month (September)
The National Diabetes Education Program offers the following information on preventing and managing diabetes among Hispanics and Latinos.
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.
Managing Diabetes During the Holidays
Preparation is the most important step in managing diabetes during holiday travel and festivities. Know what you'll be eating, how to enjoy a few traditional favorites while sticking with a healthy meal plan, and how to pack necessary supplies for a trip, and you're ready to celebrate! Visit the CDC's Managing Diabetes During the Holidays feature for more information.
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.
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.
National Kidney Month (March)
March is National Kidney Month. The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) offers a wide variety of resources to help you understand, achieve and maintain good kidney health.
National Nutrition Month (March)
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 25)
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.
National Diabetes Education Program's 15th Anniversary
2012 marked the 15th anniversary of the Federal government's program to address the emerging epidemic of diabetes.