U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NIDDK Director's Update

Education Program Updates

Spring 2014

WIN updates resource in Spanish for teens

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The Weight-control Information Network recently updated its brochure Hazte cargo de tu salud! Guía para jóvenes (Take Charge of Your Health! A Guide for Teenagers) to help teens improve their eating and physical activity habits.

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The colorful brochure gives teens tips on how to eat healthy at school, at home and on-the-go with their friends.  The brochure encourages teens to be active every day.  It also offers a handy tear-off sheet that teens can post on their refrigerators and school lockers, and copy into their devices to post on Facebook and share with friends.

To view and download the brochure, visit the WIN website at www.win.niddk.nih.gov or request printed copies by calling WIN at 877-946-4627.

NDEP receives awards for excellence in clear communication and digital health resources

NDEP stackedSince its inception, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) – a joint program of the NIH and CDC – has strived to use plain language to create meaningful and easy to read and understand materials. To ensure that NDEP continues to meet plain language goals, the program recently conducted a systematic health literacy and plain language review of some of its most popular print materials. The review also included field testing with intended audiences to ensure diabetes prevention and management messages are understandable.

Recently, several print and digital materials were recognized with awards for clear communications.

NDEP also focuses on improving healthcare practice through its digital health resources. Working with a network of partners, NDEP developed a free, online resource to help health care professionals adopt a patient-centered approach to care. Practice Transformation for Physicians and Health Care Teams features a collection of models, links and tools to help physicians and healthcare teams initiate and maintain quality improvements.

NDEP has received two awards for this online resource since its launch in June 2013:

  • 2013 Aesculapius Award of Excellence for best health-related websites
  • Web Health Awards Merit

Learn more at www.ndep.nih.gov.

New tools help dieteti c educators teach CKD nutrition therapy

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To help people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) improve their diet, the National Kidney Disease Education Program is "educating the educators" with a suite of materials developed to help dietetic educators teach students and interns about nutritional interventions for people with CKD.

The materials were developed in response to NKDEP research finding that many dietetic educators lacked understanding of the CKD diet. Many had little confidence or experience in teaching about CKD. To remedy that, the NKDEP materials provide students and interns with basic information they will need once they become practicing registered dietitians, to counsel those patients.

nkdep educator materials.jpgThe suite of materials includes a presentation called Chronic Kidney Disease 101: Nutrition Intervention, which covers kidney function, kidney disease and basic information about the CKD diet in the outpatient setting. Additionally, the suite includes four outpatient case studies that challenge students to think critically about nutritional interventions and apply their CKD nutrition knowledge. The case studies feature patients with a variety of kidney-related conditions, including hypertension and prediabetes, albuminuria and type 2 diabetes, and several CKD complications.

NKDEP is now collaborating with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to provide trainings to help its members use the materials.