DPCP LogoMarch 24, 2014

Diabetes Newsbeat
Take the Test, Learn Your Risk on Alert Day

Many resources are available to learn, teach about type 2 diabetes

American Diabetes Association Alert Day, which is tomorrow, March 25, is a one-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes. In observance of the day, the National Diabetes Education Program and the Nebraska Diabetes Prevention and Control Program are encouraging you to take the Diabetes Risk Test to know your risk for type 2 diabetes. While on the site, be sure to view the resources for preventing type 2 diabetes, the behavior change videos, the Know Your Family History article, and the social media messages.

Also on American Diabetes Association Alert Day, the ADA office in Omaha is sponsoring Ask the Expert. This free event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Cafeteria in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Pre-register by calling (712) 396-7600 and bring any questions regarding diabetes. There will also be free risk tests available at all Hy-Vee locations around Omaha.

Put Focus on Kidney Health, Get Checked for Disease
Kidney disease has no signs or symptoms, but it can be treated if detected

March is National Kidney Month. More than 20 million U.S. adults may have chronic kidney disease, according to the
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. For people with diabetes or high blood pressure, it is important to get checked for kidney disease. Here are some other reasons to get checked: Early kidney disease has no signs or symptoms, kidney disease does not go away, and it can be treated. Also, you can promote kidney health with resources from the National Kidney Disease Education Program.
Leaders Training to Offer DPP in More Locations
Program currently only offered in a few Nebraska locations

Programs like the Diabetes Prevention Program offered in Omaha, Kearney and the Nebraska Panhandle help reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58 percent overall and by 71 percent in individuals older than 70, according to the National Institutes of Health. Click here to learn more about the DPP and who qualifies. Classes will likely start in Lincoln later this year, and we will keep you posted about the details. Other locations in Nebraska will also soon offer the program. If you or someone you know may qualify in Omaha, Kearney or in the Nebraska Panhandle, contact Molly Mieras in Omaha, Tabi Prochazka in western Nebraska, or the Kearney YMCA at (308) 237-9622.
Nutrition Labels May Be Significantly Updated
Added sugars, serving sizes are among the changes currently being proposed

Revisions have been proposed to the Nutrition Facts label, which has been significantly updated only once since its initial release 20 years ago. The Nutrition Facts label is found on about 700,000 products. Suggested changes include requiring more information about added sugars in food products, and updated serving size recommendations. To learn more about the proposed changes, click here.
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.
Social Media Has Small Steps for Better Health
NDEP has Facebook, Twitter messages available monthly for you to share

Are you using social media? The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has infocards you can use on your Facebook and Twitter pages. Each month, the NDEP will share a new tip to help people take small steps for better health. For example, helpful tips include: "Turn up the music and jam while doing household chores," and "Cook with a mix of spices instead of salt." Click here to check out the infocards.
Register Now for Tobacco Free Nebraska Conference 
Topics include energizing coalitions, tobacco control

The Tobacco Free Nebraska State Conference will be April 23 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln. Speakers at the event include Madeleine Solomon, director of Policy and Community Programs, Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium; Kim Sakis, an independent consultant and member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians; and Becky Gould, the executive director of Nebraska Appleseed. Click here to register or learn more.
Start Making Changes with HealthSense Website
Tools help to eat healthy, be active, manage weight, stop smoking, set goals, etc.

The National Diabetes Education Program's Diabetes HealthSense online tool can help you find resources to support people in making changes to live well -- whether they have diabetes or not. Featured on the site is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Be Active Your Way guide, to help people move more to lose weight and lower their chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
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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