June Issue- 2014
American Association of Diabetes Educators


"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.


Tip toe if you must, but take a step."

  - Naeem Callaway





For the most up-to-date scientific data and statistics on prediabetes and diabetes in the U.S. among people of all ages and ethnicities, check out the new National Diabetes Statistics Report- 2014 from CDC.
Highlights include:
* More than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010. One in 4 people with diabetes doesn't know he or she has it.
*Another 86 million adults - more than one in three adults - have prediabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
This month AADE DPP trained their first cohort of AADE DPP Lifestyle Coaches at a training in Louisville, KY! With a coordinated effort by both AADE DPP staff, Janice Hale and Theresa Renn from Kentucky's Diabetes and Prevention Control Alliance (DPCP), Ronda Merryman- Valiyi from
Baptist Health Louisville and Teresa Pearson, LSC Master Trainer the training was a huge success! We also had representatives from Humana who work with the Kentucky Employees' Health Plan (KEHP) to talk about reimbursement opportunities in the state of Kentucky. Right now, Kentucky is one of three states that cover DPP for their state employees (Colorado and Washington are the other two). We are optimistic that success of DPP in Kentucky will lead to your states covering the cost of participating in DPP for their employees as well.
Do you need more staff trained as Lifestyle Coaches? Our next AADE DPP LSC training could come to YOUR site! Please put in an email request to Natalie or Joanna by July 1st 2014 for information about our September/October 2014 training.
West Jefferson Medical Center
Marrero, LA
Nancy and Ray Bedwell, husband and wife enrolled in the National Diabetes Prevention Program at West Jefferson Medical Center, take the floor to discuss their experiences in the program.
"Our biggest challenge was making the changes that we knew were necessary. It was difficult at first to stop eating at restaurants frequently and to limit the high fat foods that we had been eating for years. The National Diabetes Prevention Program and our lifestyle coaches supported us and motivated us to make those healthier food choices. As we continue attending the classes and receiving the education of what causes "diabetes", we want to do well in this program to "prevent" diabetes.
Having been very sedentary before starting the program and not participating in much physical activity, we had to plan a schedule of activities to reach the goal of 150 minutes or more per week. We scheduled every other day in the morning to exercise because we had other commitments with family. Ray is now walking the treadmill and I enjoy water aerobics! Gradually, we have incorporated more activity on the days away from West Jefferson Fitness Center, by walking in the park for a mile or two, or walking in the store, while timing ourselves on these activities.
Both Ray and I have surpassed the 7% weigh loss goal at the end of the core sessions and have now set new weight loss goals!"
Both participant have experienced decreases in their blood glucose and cholesterol levels since participating in the program and the couple has lost a total of 77 lbs combined over the 16 week core sessions!
With the support of Lisa Becnel, RN, CDE and Christina Ritchie, RD, LDN, CDE, the Bedwell couple among many other participants at West Jefferson Medical Center have seen success!
Lisa Becnel, RN, CDE has been a Registered Nurse for 37 years and became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 1993 and Christina Ritchie, RD, LDN, CDE has been a Registered Dietitian for 18 years and became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2012.
These two educators have worked together as the diabetes education team at West Jefferson Medical Center since 2006. Having seen diabetes education grow by leaps and bounds since becoming involved with this specialty, they have learned that all patients can be empowered to some degree to make improvements in their diabetes management and care with the appropriate guidance and support, including prediabetes.
The yearlong program allows these diabetes educators and lifestyle coaches to see the improvements in the participants from both a medical and individual standpoint.
Now with 3 cohorts underway and a number of participants completing the yearlong program at West Jefferson Medical Center, participants have reduced their blood sugar levels into the normal range and lowered cholesterol levels, as well as blood pressure levels. The multitude of group activities and demonstrations including food models and tools such as fat and sugar test tube visuals have influenced and caused a wave of success for their participants.
With much of their recruitment coming from their onsite fitness centers, they have found that these individuals are especially motivated and want to improve their physical health.
The staff at West Jefferson Medical Center continue to promote and provide the Diabetes Prevention Program in their local community. Lisa Becnel states, "The National Diabetes Prevention Program has been one of the most professionally and personally rewarding programs we have ever participated in!"
Preventing Weight Gain
You have put in the work and are now one step ahead of the game but as many of us venture of to our fun-filled summer vacations, preventing weight gain may be a challenge. Before you indulge in those fruity alcoholic beverages at the swim up bar or pile your plate at the buffet, don't let those healthy habits go right out the door.
In order to stay at that healthy weight try Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, 5 simple steps rules to avoid vacation weight gain:
Vacation Tip No. 1: Plan Ahead to Fit in Fitness
Vacation Tip No. 2: Be Prepared with Healthy Food
Vacation Tip No. 3: Avoid Dining-Out Disasters
Vacation Tip No. 4: Indulge in Moderation
Vacation Tip No. 5: Pare Down Portions
By avoiding weight gain, you stray away from higher risks of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and some forms of cancer.
Asparagus-Wheat Berry Salad with Blue Cheese saladb.jpg
YIELD  5 servings           /             SERVING SIZE  cup
Wheat berries are new to many North Americans, but they've been around for at least 6,000 years. They add a crunchy texture to this salad, along with fiber.
cup dried wheat berries
3 cups water
6 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped, or teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crumbled
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
teaspoon salt
cup (1 ounce) reduced-fat blue cheese, crumbled
  1. Bring wheat berries and water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 50 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add asparagus to wheat berries in saucepan, cover, and cook 2-3 minutes or until just tender crisp. Drain wheat berry mixture in a fine-mesh strainer and run under cold water to cool quickly. Shake off excess liquid and place in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients, except cheese. Toss gently, yet thoroughly, until well blended. Add cheese and toss gently. For peak flavor and texture, assemble no more than 30 minutes ahead of serving.
5 mg
Calories from fat
200 mg
1 starch
Total fat
4.5 g
Total Carbohydrate
14 g
Saturated fat
1.0 g
Dietary fiber
3 g
Trans fat
0.0 g
0 g
5 g
Fast tip: You can store cooked wheat berries in the refrigerator up to 24 hours ahead of assembling the salad.
"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.






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