Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. Diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.
People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes like getting more physical activity, losing weight, and eating healthy.
American Diabetes Month is a chance to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes.
With this and other National Health Observance toolkits offered on healthfinder.gov, we’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. The toolkits provide resources for organizations like schools, healthcare providers, health departments, and more to raise awareness about critical public health issues, like the importance of preventing diabetes.
This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
- Add information about preventing type 2 diabetes to your newsletter.
- Tweet about American Diabetes Month.
- Host a community event where families can be active while learning about local health resources.
- Share these questions for the doctor about preventing type 2 diabetes.
Health professionals: Check out this free training that teaches health care providers how to reduce hypoglycemic adverse drug events (ADEs) in patients with diabetes — and earn continuing education.
By raising awareness about diabetes, we can all work together to help people make healthy changes and reduce their diabetes risk factors.