New NDEP Podcasts Feature Personal Stories about Managing Diabetes
In November 2009, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) began posting on its website podcasts of real people talking about managing their diabetes. As they relay their stories, the speakers encourage listeners to take control of their diabetes, offering strategies to be more physically active, make healthy food choices, and closely track their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, levels.
The podcasts are part of the NDEP's "Control Your Diabetes. For Life." campaign, which was updated in 2009 to communicate the seriousness of diabetes, the importance of managing diabetes to prevent or delay complications, the message that it is not always easy to manage diabetes but it's worth it, and the importance of making a plan. Print public service announcements and a poster series feature photos of the podcast speakers.
The NDEP, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers free resources for people with diabetes and people at risk for the disease and to help health care professionals disseminate diabetes information to their patients, especially populations disproportionately affected by diabetes, including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Materials are available in English, Spanish, and 15 AAPI languages.
NDEP materials are not copyrighted and single copies are free of charge. Many publications are available on printer-ready CDs, making it convenient for organizations to add their logo and print desired quantities. Visit the NDEP at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org to download or order free materials or call 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337), 1-866-569-1162 (TTY).
NIH Publication No. 10-4562