U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Education Program Updates

Winter 2012

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​National Diabetes Month efforts focus on taking action to reach personal health goals  

 
In observance of National Diabetes Month, November 2012, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) – an initiative of the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – encouraged people to take action to improve their health by helping people understand how to make positive changes that last. 
 
To help people get started, the NDEP has tools to help people better understand how to make and sustain changes in their day-to-day life to stay healthy – whether they are living with a chronic disease such as diabetes or are looking to prevent or delay the onset of diseases such as type 2 diabetes. NDEP’s Just One Step resource can help people start this process by identifying one small step that they can take to make a change to improve their health. Once people have taken the first step or steps, NDEP’s Make A Plan tool can help with making these changes stick as part of a daily routine that can help them reach their health goals. 
 
The NDEP provides videos, tip sheets, and other educational materials to help people take action to reach their health goals. The NDEP’s online library of behavior change resources, Diabetes HealthSense, can be found atwww.YourDiabetesInfo.org/HealthSense .