July Issue
American Association of Diabetes Educators


Summertime is always the best of what might be.  
                                                                                                    -- Charles Bowden

Welcome to the third edition of Plugged into Prevention, the official newsletter of the AADE DPP!


We are here to update you on key happenings within our sites and watch as participants reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by losing weight and becoming more physically active with the help of their peers and lifestyle coaches.


Don't forget to take a look at our physical activity tip of the week and an enticing recipe to enjoy during these summer days!




It is never too early to plan ahead! What are you doing for National Diabetes Month in November? Metropolitan Hospital in Reed City, MI already has tactics to market the National DPP to their employees and community at their big, prediabetes management focus event. They will have a screening table set up within the hospital in honor of the nationally recognized month.

Rayleen Foster, MS, RD, CDE, and Patrice Conrad, MSN, RN, CDE, are two lifestyle coaches conducting AADE's DPP at Metropolitan Hospital. They have worked in a variety of settings, including: research, pediatrics, corporate, non-profit, public health, and outpatient health care. They have even led a diabetes prevention pilot program prior to teaching this nationally recognized program. Their extensive background in this field and enthusiasm to launch the National DPP in Michigan has contributed to the successes of the program and eagerness of participants to enroll!

Rayleen says that Metropolitan Hospital's central approach to marketing the National DPP has been sending letters to patients previously seen for pre-diabetes management classes, prior gestational diabetes patients, and physician referrals. However, they wanted to expand their community outreach even farther. Throughout their 11 outpatient facilities, they have used various media channels, such as health television monitors in waiting rooms, to generate interest in participants they might have otherwise missed. As patients wait to be seen by a medical professional, an ad for the National DPP is shown every couple of minutes, which gets patients' attention and stimulates enough interest in the program that they talk about it with their physicians.

The participants already fully involved in the program, "are shocked!" says Raylene, "by the amount of valuable information they have learned through this program." By tracking something as simple as their fat grams, they have become mindful of the amount of fat and calories in foods and how to choose other healthy options. Many participants already have weight loss resulting from their efforts.

With the help of their organization's outreach program and their passion to continue helping individuals reach their goals, Rayleen and Patrice were able to give participants gifts such as pedometers and coupons towards local farmers markets for engaging in group participation and team camaraderie.   These not only serve to reward their efforts, but also reinforce behaviors that will help reduce their risk of developing diabetes.                            

Each session gives participants the opportunity to collaborate, share and problem solve their experiences and challenges in everyday activities.                                                                   Session 5- Physical Movement Activity

"You don't make these kinds of lifestyle changes alone."

A special thanks to Rayleen and Patrice in their continued efforts to deliver quality diabetes prevention in their community.




How much effort are you putting into your aerobic activity?

A simple way to measure activity is the "talk test" recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When performing moderate-intensity activity one can talk, but not sing. If you are doing more of a vigorous-intensity activity, you may only be able to say a few words without stopping to catch your breath.

When planning your next fitness routine and tracking your physical activity minutes, keep this list of examples in mind:


Moderate Intensity:

*            Walking briskly (3 miles per hour or faster, but not race-walking)

*            Water aerobics

*             Bicycling slower than 10 miles per hour

*             Tennis (doubles, but not singles)

*             Ballroom dancing

*             General gardening


Vigorous Intensity:

*             Race walking, jogging, or running

*             Swimming laps

*             Tennis (singles)

*             Aerobic dancing

*             Bicycling 10 miles per hour or faster

*             Jumping rope

*             Heavy gardening (continuous digging)

*             Hiking uphill or with a heavy backpack





Eating a balanced diet and making other lifestyle changes are key to maximizing your health. Incorporating foods that are high in fiber such as navy beans, lima beans, chickpeas, lentils, and artichokes as a means of reducing risk of coronary artery disease. Dietary fiber intake is also associated with lower body weight.



Try this light refreshing salad on these hot summer days!


"The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen: Fresh, Fast, and Flavorful Recipes made with Canola Oil" from the American Diabetes Association and


White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Salad


 The coarsely chopped spinach in this dish not only provides great color, but also packs more vitamins and minerals into every serving.



Yield: 12 serving   /   Serving Size: 1/3 bean mixture +  3/4 cup spinach


1/2 of 15- ounce can no-salt-added navy beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered

1 cup (1/2 ounce) loosely packed baby spinach, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers

8 pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

1 medium clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

3 cups (1 1/2 ounces) loosely packed baby spinach leaves



1) Combine beans, tomatoes, chopped spinach, peppers, olives, basil, and garlic in a medium bowl


2) To serve, add canola oil and vinegar. Use a rubber spatula to toss ingredients gently until well coated. Place equal amounts of whole spinach leaves on four salad plates and spoon bean mixture on top.



Calories                  105                Cholesterol                   0 mg

Calories from fat   40                 Sodium                          115 mg

Total fat                  4.5 g              Total carbohydrate     12 g

Saturated fat          0.4 g             Dietary fiber                 4 g 

Trans fat                 0.0 g              Sugars                            2 g

                                                                    Protein                           4 g


Exchanges per serving


            1/2     starch

             1         vegetable

             1         fat




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National Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to bring to communities evidence-based lifestyle change programs for preventing type 2 diabetes.



About the AADE: 

Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education.  With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a far reaching network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. To learn more go to:




Be sure to continually look for updates regarding the National Diabetes Prevention Program on both the AADE and CDC websites:


AADE DPP Website:


  CDC Website:



American Association of Diabetes Educators
200 W. Madison Street, Suite 800 | Chicago, Illinois 60606
Phone: 800/338.3633 | Fax: 312/424.2427
2013 American Association of Diabetes Educators


This newsletter was supported by the Cooperative Agreement number 1U58DP004519-01 from The Centers for Diabetes Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of AADE and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Can't attend AADE13?
Join us virtually!   


AADE provides you with a virtual opportunity to attend the meeting and earn 15 CE hours.

This shortened, online version of the live meeting gives you access from the convenience of your home or office.
With the Virtual Meeting, you are able to view educational sessions on demand, hear keynote speakers, visit the exhibit hall, and even network with peers!
For those who cannot attend the living meeting in Philadelphia this August, we want you to still receive all knowledge and information with what AADE13 offers.
Among your benefits are:  


* 10 Webcasts on demand (total 15 CE content hours)


* General sessions featuring keynote speakers (total 2 CE credits)


* Access to online exhibitors


* Access to poster sessions


* Access to network with peers


* Virtual Meeting available for one year


*Giveaways for active attendees


After all, as the only national meeting focused soley on diabetes education, you don't want to miss out on AADE13.


AADE Whitepaper
"The cornerstone of treatment in Diabetes"
Strategies for Insulin Injection Therapy in Diabetes Self-Management

For more information or questions regarding the Diabetes Prevention Program,  please contact AADE at


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