August Issue
American Association of Diabetes Educators



Take care of your body, it is the only place you have to live   - Jim Rohn


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


In this August edition, we take time to focus on engaging employers and the reimbursement of the Diabetes Prevention Program at Baptist Health Louisville, in Louisville, KY. We also highlight ways to get the most out of your workouts, and included a recipe for providing a nutritious meal that will make your mouth water on this Labor Day weekend.



On August 1, 2013, an article was displayed in a section of the Louisville Courier Journal, highlighting one of our very own AADE DPP sites at Baptist Health Louisville in Louisville, KY. After the article was released, over sixty people qualified and have registered for a DPP classes this fall!

Baptist Health Louisville has been effectively coaching and positively changing the lives of many individuals with pre-diabetes in the Louisville area. With enthusiasm and gold standard coaching by applying to become a subgrantee of AADE and training through the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC), Ronda Merryman-Vailiyi, MSN, RN, CDE, and Denise Gupton, RD, LD, CDE, proudly began implementation of the Diabetes Prevention Program through funding from AADE (in partnership with the CDC) in June 2013. After only a short period, Baptist Health Louisville now offers four DPP cohorts, including one program soon to be open on-site at a local business- called Plumber's Supply. This neighborhood company found (through biometric screenings) that nearly

"50% of their employees identified as having pre-diabetes."

This will be the first employer on-site that DPP will be offered via employer reimbursement by Baptist Health Louisville. The site's Employers Solutions department (contracting Baptist Health Louisville with employers on wellness initiatives) had received word of the triumphs participants had been experiencing and the need for the program in surrounding areas. With hopes to create a partnership with the program, the Employer Solutions department reached out to Ronda to offer the DPP to employers. Establishments such as Plumbers Supply and others have come to the realization that a company who cares about its employees, tends to have employees who care about their work. They want to empower their employees, push them to grow and benefit the company by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Participants entering the program have been referred from countless sources. Many coming from physicians and the great referral source already established with Baptist Medical Associates (BMA) physicians. However in June, the Employee Wellness program existing at this organization began offering biometric screening for employees. If employees of Baptist Health Louisville screened positive for pre-diabetes, they were referred to the DPP.

Ronda says the wide-mix of participants have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and having been able to form a bond in just a few weeks and and lend support to one another. After week six of the program, one participant began to increase her physical activity and remarked that she has more energy now than she's had in years since becoming more active! More and more individuals are recognizing the need for change and making the first step by simply signing up for the program.

Learn more about the DPP Program at Baptist Health Louisville.






Are you getting the most out of your workout? Understanding your heart rate zone can get you that much closer to success in weight loss goals and increasing your level of physical fitness. Heart rate allows the body to be mindful of changes in your physical activity and whether someone is working hard enough to get the results they desire or allowing enough recovery time in between workouts.

Staying within your target heart rate zone for at least 20 minutes or more will allow for the best fitness results.

An individual must determine their Maximum Heart Rate (MHR), which is the maximum number of beats your heart can produce in one minute. The most accurate way to calculate your MHR is by taking an exercise stress test, but we are going to provide you with a simple and easy formula from the American College of Sports Medicine to calculate it yourself.

 To determine an individual's MHR, subtract one's age from 220. You will want to keep your heart beating between 60 to 80 percent of you MHR for at least 20 minutes. Next, multiply your MHR by 0.6 (minimum training pace). You will then take you MHR again and multiply it by .8 (maximum train pace).


Participant's Age: 40

MHR: 220 - 40= 180

You would exercise at a pace that keeps your pulse between:

(180 x .6) = 108 and (180 x .8) = 144 beats per minute.

Depending on one's functional capacity, medical and health status, age, and activity preference/goals they can focus their workout based on conditioning and training type. For endurance training and general aerobic conditioning, calculating 50 to 65 percent of your maximum heart if you are a beginner; 60 to 75 percent for intermediate level exercisers; and 70 to 85 percent for established aerobic exercisers, says Linda Melone, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer.






For Americans, Labor Day is a day to celebrate with friends, family, food, and the last few days of summer. Gear up those grills and enjoy the long weekend without sacrificing your health. Try the recipe below, as it will be a crowd pleaser for all your guests!




 Grilled Flank Steak with Balsamic Vinegar and Red Wine


Yield: 4 servings     /     Serving Size: 3-4 slices (3 ounces) beef


Canola oil in this balsamic-wine marinade maximizes moisture in the meat.



2 tablespoons canola oil

1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1/2 cup dry red wine

1/4  cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1 lb flank steak

  canola oil cooking spray

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt


1.   Combine all marinade ingredients in a large, resealable bag, seal tightly, and shake back and forth until well blended. Pour 1/4 cup of marinade in the resealable bag. Seal and gently turn back and forth to coat. Refrigerate for 24-48 hours, turning occasionally. Refrigerate reserved marinade as well.


2.  Remove meat from bag and discard marinade. Spray a grill pan with cooking spray. Place grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef and cook 4-5minutes on each side or to desired doneness. Place meat on a cutting board and let stand 5 minutes before thinly slicing diagonally.


3.  Meanwhile, place reserved marinade, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue boiling for 1-2 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 2 tablespoons. Spoon over steak to serve.





Calories 185Cholesterol40 mg
Calories from fat70Sodium220 mg
Total fat8.0 gTotal carbohydrate4 g
Saturated Fat2.6 gDietary fiber0 g
Trans fat0.0 gSugars3 g
Protein22 g


Flavorful tip:

Cutting beef across the grain allows for a more tender serving of meat.


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




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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.



to achieve lifestyle change with a new mobile app

You want your participants to succeed, and so do we! Diabetes Goal Tracker is a great tool to help them make their goals a reality.   


AADE has recently launched a mobile app called Diabetes Goal Tracker to help people with prediabetes and diabetes set goals based on the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™, track their progress and achieve lifestyle and behavior change.


This app has educational materials to help your participants:

  • Understand the effects and complications of diabetes, and why it's important to prevent its onset
  • Learn more about the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™, which are seven areas of lifestyle and behavior change. They are: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping
  • Find ways to set realistic goals through concrete examples of some common barriers


Learning is a social experience. A unique feature of the app is the option for users to share completed goals with one another. This community-centered resource will help users find inspiration from others who have overcome their issues.





Participants can download this app for free through the iTunes Store (for the iPhone) or Google Play Store (for the Android). You can learn more about this app on our website:


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


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