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NIDDK Director's Update

Education and Information Program Updates

Summer 2015​

National Diabetes Education Program releases Spanish plain language tip sheet

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has released a Spanish version of It’s Not Too Late to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (No es demasiado tarde para prevenir la diabetes tipo 2). Using a targeted plain language review process, the version was designed for use by a wide variety of readers.

The publication is part of NDEP’s continued effort to translate the latest science on diabetes into evidence-based messages for the public, patients and health care professionals. By offering suggestions about nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices, it is designed to help older adults take steps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.  It is also the latest development in the NDEP’s endeavor to revise some of its most popular publications to most effectively reach all readers by reflecting best practices in plain language and health literacy.  
The NDEP’s plain language review process includes assessing content to make sure it has a clear purpose, writing in a conversational tone and active voice, removing technical jargon and focusing on clear and specific behaviors that the reader can accomplish. In addition to simplifying numeric concepts and using graphics and images to support the main message, the NDEP pretests content, images, layout and design. To learn more about how the NDEP applies plain language principles, click here.
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