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Diabetes Education Week to be Marked by Series of Social Media Initiatives Led by the American Association of Diabetes Educators

Nov 03, 2014

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
  • Monitoring
  • 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.

About AADE: 
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.

 

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