Press Release

AADE and A to Z Health Release First-of-its-Kind “ Living with Diabetes Patient Education Program

Anchor Sponsors Enabling Program IncludeBayer HealthCare LLC, Lifescan and Merck


For Release: August 3, 2011

Contact: Diana Pihos at dpihos@aadenet.org, 312.601.4864, or Paul Coombs, pcoombs@atozhealth.com, 813.343.5810

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), and A to Z Health today announced the release of the “Living with Diabetes” patient education program, which is providing comprehensive educational tools to 400,000 people with diabetes in 2011. Based on the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™ framework for diabetes self-management education (DSME,) the “Living with Diabetes” program includes an 84-minute DVD as well as a 40-page Resource Guide. These program materials are designed to complement the DSME classes by reinforcing key themes and information in the home environment. The materials are being made available to all AADE members at no cost through the support of program sponsors, and represent one of the more comprehensive patient education programs that AADE has provided to its members.

"Many of our members have asked us to provide them more tools to help them reach different types of patients in different ways,” said AADE Chief Executive Officer Lana Vukovljak. “We are delighted to address that need through this new program, and to be reaching so many people affected by diabetes."

The "Living with Diabetes" DVD features over 100 patients, family members and educators in a variety of settings, and includes chapters on Understanding Diabetes, Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Medications, Problem Solving, Reducing Risks and Healthy Coping. The Resource Guide provides key clinical information, links to online resources, and an emergency cut-out card. The program’s clinical advisor was Ginger Kanzer-Lewis, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, past president of AADE. The program was made possible through the generous support of sponsors that include Merck, Bayer Healthcare, Lifescan and others.

"We are gratified to see the warm reception this program is receiving among AADE members,” said Dan Sheeran, CEO, A to Z Health. “The support we received from AADE as well as the program sponsors was absolutely critical in making this ground-breaking program possible."

“This DVD is the most comprehensive and easy to follow program for patients with diabetes that I have seen,” said Richard Arena, RPh, PhD, CDM, CDE, a New York-area diabetes educator. “Plus this format allows for quick answers to the patients’ questions."

In addition to the take-home version of the DVD for patients, the program also includes a classroom edition that can be used as a teaching aid, as well as a lobby edition that can be played in clinic waiting areas. AADE members not yet enrolled in the program can do so at www.atozhealth.com/enroll

About AADE

Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 12,000 professional members including physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. Collectively, our alliances, member practitioner networks, and academic partners uniquely position AADE at the locus of change for the future treatment of diabetes.

About A to Z Health

A to Z Health LLC works with leading medical societies and associations to create comprehensive patient education products, including DVDs, resource guides and patient websites. Designed to reinforce the key messages of the information provided in the clinic or classroom environment, the company’s award-winning DVDs feature dozens of real patients, family members and medical practitioners in a variety of clinical and home settings. Prior to creating A to Z Health, the company’s founders cofounded Petfinder.com, the largest web site in the world facilitating adoption of shelter animals, as well as PetsIncredible, which produced award-winning educational DVDs for people adopting shelter animals.