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Take Charge of Your Diabetes Prompt Deck

May 20, 2011

It was very exciting to get a big, white envelope from AADE in the mail a couple of weeks ago. It was even more exciting to see what was inside. It was the TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR DIABETES Diabetes Education Prompt Deck. I am especially proud because I was part of the group that helped gather information for the deck (along with some of our other bloggers). We had a conference call to brainstorm; I did some follow-up work on choosing some “best” questions/activities/discussions; the answer ideas were compiled; and voilà, the deck was born! (Well, lots of work was done behind the scenes.)

If you haven’t looked at yours, it is a big deck of cards with prompts for discussions, questions and answers, and activities. It covers 8 areas: General Diabetes Information and the AADE7. Can you name them? Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medications, Problem Solving, Reducing Risks, and Healthy Coping.

Accompanying the deck is an Educator Guide. This has tips and notes for the educator. The instructions make a point to state “it is not exhaustive and does not provide all the answers or cover all the topics that you will address in your diabetes education class.” It does have some great little tips, though. There is also a website for patient-friendly information at There is a goal-setting sheet, a “Know your numbers to prevent complications” handout, a “Targeting Good Health: Test your knowledge” activity, and lots of other information.

Did you get your deck? Have you opened it? Looked at it? Thought of how you might use it?

I am pulling some of the cards out for our weight-management program this week. I will use the Being Active section in our comprehensive diabetes class. I think it will be fun to take it to some of our community events to encourage interaction.

What ideas do you have?

Thanks to AADE and the sponsoring companies for making this happen!


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  1. Jun 17, 2011

    I think it might work well to generate discussion in our support group. Thanks!
  2. Jun 06, 2011

    Hi Patricia! We received funding for each member to receive one deck of cards. Did you receive yours? If not, we do have some extra sets. So, please email your preferred mailing address to and we'll send one out to you!
  3. Jun 06, 2011

    Hi Patricia! We received funding for each member to receive one deck of cards. Did you receive yours? If not not, we do have some extra sets. So, please email your preferred mailing address to and we'll send one out to you!
  4. Jun 06, 2011

    How can I order the deck with the guide
  5. Jun 03, 2011

    Hi Barbara! You should have received a package from AADE in May containing a deck of cards called the Diabetes Education Prompt Deck. If you did not receive one, please email your preferred mailing address to and we will send a replacement out to you! As far as the Spanish version goes, we hope to provide them in Spanish at some future date. We are seeking funding for the project and will definitely notify all members if it's approved. Thanks for your comments!
  6. Jun 03, 2011

    Also, will these be available in Spanish?
  7. Jun 03, 2011

    I do not recall a big white envelope. What do the cards look like? I am pretty sure I have not received these.
  8. May 31, 2011

    Hi Harry! I'm so glad you received your Prompt Deck! Yes, unfortunately, there was a typo in the printed educator booklet (on page 28). We hope that it does not cause confusion! It was corrected in the pdf version of the guide available here: Thanks again for your feedback!
  9. May 31, 2011

    Finally i received my prompt deck! For sure i will use it with my patients. I just noticed that on page 28 of the little book that comes with it, it says meals and snacks will decrease blood glucose. I'm pretty sure we know it will not decrease but can increase, but if someone happens to read it, they might get confused about it.
  10. May 27, 2011

    I have used the cards for my last two support groups and the participants really liked the forum. Thanks for the great work and wonderful resource!
  11. May 25, 2011

    The cards are great! we have used them in our last two groups and in different ways.
  12. May 25, 2011

    I think the cards are great. Will use them as a way to get more participation and less "lecture." The diabeteselfcare website you mentioned is a great supplement also. Great job to your committee!
  13. May 21, 2011

    I was also happy to get that big white envelope from AADE. I think the questions will be great for icebreakers for presentations and support groups. Thanks to everyone who worked on developing this tool.
  14. May 20, 2011

    Hi Henry, I apologize for that. I'll send you a replacement asap. -Diana Pihos, Director of Communications
  15. May 19, 2011

    unfortunately mine hasn't arrived yet. maybe in the next couple of days.

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