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Diabetes Newsbeat
Diabetes, Heart Health More Related Than You May Think

Resources help discuss risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke

Diabetes and heart disease can be linked in several ways, for instance, two out of three people with diabetes die of heart disease or stroke. Research has shown that people with diabetes can lower their risk for heart disease by managing the ABCs of diabetes -- A1C, blood pressure, cholesterol -- and stopping smoking. At the CDC website www.yourdiabetesinfo.org/Heart, there are resources that you can use to help people with diabetes know that taking care of their diabetes can prevent heart problems. Other good resources for heart health include the National Diabetes Education Program's Take Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes and Million Hearts initiative -- which has a goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Click here to see a great infographic on Diabetes and Your Heart. 

Omaha YMCA Now Offering DPP
Sessions begin at two metro locations in March

The YMCA of Greater Omaha is now offering the Diabetes Prevention Program. For those at risk for type 2 diabetes, the program provides a supportive environment where participants can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce chances of developing the disease. Sessions begin at two locations in March. To learn more, go to the program's website, or contact Molly Mieras at (402) 977-4298 or mmieras@metroymca.org.
Dream Gala Set for March 22
Registration for the 16th annual gala currently open

The 16th Annual Dream Gala, hosted by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will be Saturday, March 22 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln. The theme this year is 'It's Black and White, A Cure is in Sight', individual tickets are $175, and registration ends March 20. To learn more or to register, click here, or contact Jayne Ullstrom at (402) 484-8300 or jullstrom@jdrf.org.
'Control Your Diabetes for Life' Offered at Rural Sites
Program teaches what's new in diabetes care, ways to cut food costs, other topics

The University of Nebraska Extension Office invites people with diabetes and family members to participate in a new diabetes education program. The Control Your Diabetes for Life series is offered via distance learning at several locations throughout Nebraska. Participants will learn about current issues related to diabetes from educators with more than 20 years of team-teaching experience. The first of three two-hour sessions will be March 10. For more information and to see locations, go to the Events page of our website.
DECM Seminar to Focus on 'Challenges in Diabetes'
Seminar, in its 30th year, is planned for Saturday, April 12 in Omaha

Join the Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands for its 30th Annual Seminar, titled 'Challenges in Diabetes', on Saturday, April 12, at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel Convention Center in Omaha. For more information about the seminar, please email info@diabetes-education.com or call (402) 399-0777. The center also offers diabetes education classes year-round.
NADE Conference Registration Deadline is March 14
Annual conference for healthcare professionals is March 28 in Kearney

The Nebraska Association of Diabetes Educators will host its annual conference, titled 'New Perspectives in Managing Diabetes', on March 28 in Kearney. The conference is designed for healthcare professionals who care for persons with diabetes in various clinical settings. To register or learn more, go to www.myaadenetwork.org/nebraska. The registration deadline is March 14. Email cindy.polich@cox.net with any questions.
TFN Unveils QuitNow Mobile App
App tracks money saved, days added back to life

Tobacco users who are ready to quit have another tool available to them. The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline has launched the QuitNow mobile app. The app supports tobacco users through their entire quit process -- from setting a quit date to identifying their reasons for quitting to conquering cravings. To boost motivation, the app also tracks money saved and days added back to a person's life. Click here to learn more about the app.
Latinos View Diabetes as Most Prominent Health Risk
Recent nationwide poll by experts was universal across many Latino subgroups.

While cancer and heart disease may be the most prominent health risks among U.S. Latinos, a recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health notes that Latinos view diabetes as the most serious risk to the health of their families. An article by the publication Saludify further explains the poll results.
Health Navigator Training Available
Nebraska DHHS offices offer free courses to train CHWs

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Offices of Women's and Men's Health and Health Disparities and Health Equity are offering a free online course to train Community Health Workers in Nebraska. The course is designed for individuals working in communities who can connect people to health services. Registration is open until March 7, with the first meeting on March 26. To learn more, please visit the training website, or email dhhs.chw@nebraska.gov.
National Institutes of Health Seeks Study Volunteers
Separate research studies seek to learn effects of diabetes drugs, vitamin D

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is looking for volunteers to take part in two studies. The first, called the Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study (GRADE), compares the long-term benefits of four widely used diabetes drugs in combination with metformin. In the second, called the Vitamin D and Type 2 Diabetes (D2d) study, researchers are investigating whether a vitamin D supplement helps prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in adults with prediabetes.
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Joshua Russo, Community Health Educator
301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509 | 402.471.2648
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