SPOTLIGHT ON AADE's DPP Team:
We want to introduce a few individuals who have had an extensive impact on the attainment and production of the Diabetes Prevention Program within AADE: Ruth Lipman, Chief Science and Practice Manager; Debra Janiszewski, Research and Education Grant Manager; Joanna Craver, DPP Manager; and Natalie Blum, DPP Coordinator.
A special thank you to the staff at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) for their implementation of and assistance with the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
In this issue, we are going to highlight a leader of CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation Department under the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Debra Torres.
Debra Torres is the Associate Director of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in the Division of Diabetes Translation at CDC. Debra is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the program and works with national partners, grantees, state health departments, employers, insurers, lifestyle coaches, master trainers, and others concerned with the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Debra, along with her colleagues including Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of CDC and Dr. Ann Albright, director of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, are dedicated to expanding the reach of the National DPP across the United States.
We asked Debra a few questions about the National DPP. One of the questions we asked was why she chose this line of work. We found out that for Debra, diabetes hits close to home:
"The disease runs in my family. My mom has been able to control her diabetes by making lifestyle changes, without insulin. My dad had type 2 diabetes for 35 years, and he was able to control the disease through healthy lifestyle changes for 26 years. Unfortunately, he was on insulin and suffered from every complication imaginable during the last nine years of his life.The effects of this disease are devastating to the person suffering from diabetes, and to their families. Since science has revealed that type 2 diabetes is preventable, I have made it my mission to spread the message. "
Knowing that CDC had a program to help people prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and recently being diagnosed with prediabetes herself, Debra decided to participate in a locally offered DPP program through the Y of the USA, and to make personal lifestyle changes. To date, she has lost more than 10 percent of her body weight and her most recent A1C is in normal range.
She says, "I am proof that this program works!"
Debra has graciously given words of encouragement specifically to AADE's lifestyle coaches as they begin implementing their first round of cohorts:
"Be engaging, creative, and supportive in your classes. Participants are relying on you to encourage them to attend class regularly, to incorporate 150 minutes of physical activity, and to be successful in losing 5 -7 percent of their current body weight. Don't give up on your clients-you're positive energy will go a long way towards keeping them motivated through the class and for years to come!"
Debra continued by adding a personal message for all those involved in AADE's DPP:
"And thank you for helping us prevent type 2 diabetes. The work that you are doing with program participants has real world implications for preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes, reducing health care costs, and improving the health of your people across the nation."
Thank you Debra Torres for being a leading force in DPP and for supporting the success of AADE's DPP and their partner sites!
Congratulations to our recently Certified Lifestyle Coaches!!!
Shirely Gwen Rogerson
|Kimberly Bayes||Erin Fontenot||Susan Jorden||Elizabeth Semmens|
|Lisa Becnel||Carolyn Foster||Amy Keywood||Lee Ann Sherrill|
|Brenda Bodnar||Raylene Foster||Lori King||Karra Sparks|
|Kristin Brandstetter||Michele Francis||Joanne Kish||Kathleen Stanley|
|Terri Brennan||Linda Gooding||Kim Knipe||Carolynn Strom|
|Roberta Brocker||Beverly Gott||Kim Lombard||
|Teresa Brown||Mandy Grammer||Misha Maynard||Eileen Sturner|
|Christie Bruehl||Nancy Grant||Michelle McArthur||Linda VanHook-Briganti|
|Maureen Chace||Dana Graves||Andrea McCarty||
Margaret Ashley Vincent
|Jackie Ciarelli||Tracy Green||Elizabeth McCormick||Sarah Neil|
|Rachael Clipson||Denise Gupton||Kristy Merritt||Jennifer Yoder|
|Lisa Hanhauser||Ronda Merryman-Valiyi||Maria Young|
|Joanna Craver||Ana Hill||Tonya Olsen||Mary Lou Ziroli|
|Jennifer Donahee||Julie Husmann||Antoinette Richardson ||Natalie Blum|
|Coleen Finelli||Constance Hutchins||Christina Ritchie|
Staying active isn't limited to going on a run! Spending your down time outside on these beautiful spring days, can be beneficial to the mind, body, and soul.
Simple activities, such as gardening can allow you to appreciate the great outdoors and become physically active within your community.
You can burn up to 150 calories by gardening (standing) for approximately 30-45 minutes.
Get off those sofa cushions and revel in all nature has to offer!
Have you heard about omega-3 fatty acids and wondered what they actually do for your health?
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. Our bodies require them to function normally. Since essential fatty acids are not made in the body, we need to get them from our diet.
As the only way to obtain it is through dietary intake, you should be aware of how much you are eating. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) calculates that adequate intake of this nutrient to be 1600 mg and 1100 mg per day respectively for men and women.
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are found in fatty fish, some vegetable oils, and available in fortified foods and over-the-counter dietary supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for muscle activity, blood clotting, digestion, fertility, cell division and growth, and brain development and function.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in individuals with diabetes. Several studies of individuals with documented coronary heart disease suggest a beneficial effect of dietary and supplemental omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week.
Fish and seafood contain a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids:
Item Serving Size (mg/serving)
Salmon 6.0 oz. 1,774 mg
Anchovy 2.0 oz. 1,200 mg
Halibut 5.6 oz. 740 mg
Tuna (albacore) 3.0 oz. 733 mg
Cod (Atlantic) 6.3 oz. 284 mg
You can also find items that add omega-3 to supplement the existing product, including some peanut butters, dairy products, soymilks, and cereals.
Omega-3 fortified soy milk 8 oz. 460 mg
Omega-3 fortified peanut butter 1 oz. 200 mg
To learn more about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids visit the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services at http://nccam.nih.gov/.