The American Association of Diabetes Educators will mark National Diabetes Education Week with a series of social media initiatives that will call attention to the important role diabetes educators play in helping people with diabetes manage their condition:
Monday, November 3: Diabetes educators will be asked to tweet using the hashtag: #DEWorks – sharing stories, tips and personal successes in diabetes education
Tuesday, November 4: Disparities & Diabetes Twitter Chat 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CT. Use hashtag #EquityChat to participate in this discussion from AADE and Finding Answers, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program
Friday, November 7: Diabetes Educators: A Lifeline to Better Living. A visual representation of who Diabetes Educators are and what they do will be posted.
Throughout the week: AADE will highlight member contributions, diabetes education and continuing education opportunities.
Diabetes educators help people with diabetes manage their condition through self-management and training. The curriculum is largely based on the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™ --
- Healthy eating
- Being active
- Taking medication
- Problem solving
- Healthy coping
- Reducing Risks
Diabetes is one of the top public health threats in the U.S. today, impacting nearly 26 million individuals with the disease and 79 million who have pre-diabetes. A diagnosis can be daunting, as people with the condition are required to constantly monitor their diet and blood glucose levels.
Diabetes education teaches people how to self-manage their condition and is a proven way to lessen the complications that are often associated with diabetes, including circulation and vision problems, kidney failure, even heart disease and stroke.
AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients.