NIDDK Director's Update Fall 2016

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NDEP guide aims to make safer school environment for children with diabetes

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With the arrival of the new school year, parents, teachers and school staff can help ensure a safer learning environment for students with diabetes with the National Diabetes Education Program’s Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in school-aged children, affecting about 208,000 people under age 20 in the United States.

The school guide educates about effective diabetes management and best practices for youth with diabetes, particularly those who use insulin to manage the disease. The school health team and the training approach for school-based diabetes management explained in this guide build on what schools are doing already to support children with chronic diseases. The NDEP school guide is available online now, with an updated version available later this fall.

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