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Reflections on Diabetes Awareness Month

May 26, 2015

November was an exhausting month for healthcare professionals in diabetes! So many causes and organizations were recognized: National Diabetes Education Week November 6-12, Nurse Practitioner Week November 7-13, and World Diabetes Day on November 14. President Obama proclaimed November as National Diabetes Month, but he is not the first President to do such a proclamation.

I participated in some great events in November - one of which was the Big Blue Test. This awareness activity encouraged people with diabetes to test their sugar, get active, test again, and share their results online. One of the nice things was that people did not have to have diabetes to do the test. I got many of our community members involved and some were surprised to find out they were at high risk for diabetes.

Another fun activity was wearing blue on Fridays. I even went further by painting my nails with the blue circle!  Our clinic staff got white shirts with the blue circle and decided to wear them on World Diabetes Day. We took a picture and sent it to the Kodak jumbotron in Times Square. Did you know that the blue circle now stands for the unity of the whole diabetes community - and not just World Diabetes Day?

The month is now over, but I hope this type of awareness and recognition continues throughout the year. For people with diabetes and for diabetes educators, diabetes management is a 24/7 job that does not take days off to rest or for holidays.

What did you do to raise diabetes awareness in November? Have you thought about preparing for next year and if so, what do you plan to do differently?

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  1. Dec 30, 2011

    Does anyone have a checklist that they use for teaching in order to not omitt any topics that need to be addressed when teaching
  2. Dec 20, 2011

    Mary H, I'm not sure if you got a private answer already, but I used the AADE "Diabetes Education Review Guide". It was $65 for members...i went through that and took the practice tests and reviewed also through the Art and Science of Diab. Self Mgt. Good Luck!
  3. Dec 12, 2011

    I am from a rural area..there are two of us in the department. We did something called "Diabetes Days"...we set up a booth for two days in the hospital clinic commons area and were available to offer simple education and solutions to people with diabetes. We also had meters on hand, simplified educational materials and patient assistance information from drug and meter companies. We see many who are underinsured or not insured at all and were able to help direct these people to resources and assistance programs for their medications and supplies. This was the first time we held this type of event.
  4. Dec 09, 2011

    We had our grand opening for Joslin Diabetes CenterAffiliate at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston TX. It was fantastic. We were able to reach our surrounding community and invite them to a healthy cooking demonstration as well as providing healthy food choices for the event. We participated in Step Out to fight for Diabetes Walk and were able to raise donations for the ADA. We also had a community diabetes product fair that was fun.
  5. Dec 02, 2011

    I am a graduate student doing a project on complience with standards of time frames between blood glucose sampling and administration of sliding scale regular insulin coverage. I cannot find a standard time intervil. Is there a practice standard for this? If there is, where can I find it so I can reference it properly? If there is not a standard, then what is common accepted practice. I appreciate any assistance anyone can give. Thank you, Dina

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