U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health Communication Programs

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) disseminates science-based information on diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases, nutritional disorders, and obesity; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases. NIDDK health communication programs ensure that this information is imparted to health care providers and the public for the direct benefit of patients and their families.​​​​

National Diabetes Education Program

Together with more than 200 partners, improves the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, promotes early diagnosis, and prevents or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Examples: 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life, The Facts About Diabetes: A Leading Cause of Dealth in the U.S.


National Kidney Disease Educati​on Program

Promotes evidence-based interventions to improve understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease, including identification of patients at greatest risk for progression to kidney failure.

Examples: GFR MDRD​ Calculator for Adults, Explaining You​r Kidney Test Results, Keep​ Your Kidneys Healthy


Weight-control Information Network

Provides the general public, health professionals, and the media with up-todate, science-based information on obesity, weight control, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.

Examples: Active at Any Size, Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program, Overweight & Obesity Statistics


Bowel Control Awareness Campaign

Provides current, science-based information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of bowel control problems to start the conversation and raise public awareness of fecal incontinence.

Examples: Bowel Control, Talking With Your Doctor, Eating and Bowel Control


Healthy Moments Radio Broadcast

A series of weekly radio episodes featuring Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, the Director of NIDDK. Offers tips on how to prevent and control diseases that are important to the community and NIDDK’s mission.

Examples: Know Your Blood Pressure, Know Your Blood Sugar Number, Don't Let the Holidays Weigh You Down


NIDDK Information Clearinghouses

Respond to questions from the public, develop and distribute health information, and work closely with professional and patient organizations and government agencies to coordinate health information resources.​

Examples: Diagnosis of Diabetes and Prediabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease​​​​