|National Diabetes Education Program Updates Campaign Empowering
Older Adults to Manage Their Diabetes
Launch Event 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 20, At Ft. Stevens Recreational Center,
1327 Van Buren St., N.W.
The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP),a joint effort of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), will launch an updated public awareness campaign called “The Power
to Control Diabetes Is in Your Hands” to help the 18.3 percent of adults
age 60 and over with diabetes to manage their disease. The event, featuring an
address by Dr. Griffin Rodgers, deputy director of the National Institute of
Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and updated Power to
Control campaign materials will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October
20 at the Ft. Stevens Recreational Center, 1327 Van Buren Street, N.W. The Ft.
Stevens Recreational Center is a part of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.
Highlights of the new “Power to Control Diabetes Is in Your Hands” campaign
include a community action kit and a brochure designed to reach adults ages 60
and older with diabetes, as well as their loved ones. Although diabetes and its
complications occur in people of all ages, and racial and ethnic groups, older
adults are more commonly affected, and many older adults with diabetes are on
fixed incomes that make it difficult for them to follow all recommended self-care
routines. The Power to Control materials stress the importance of keeping
blood glucose close to normal levels to reduce the complications of the disease
as well as information about how to access Medicare benefits to help a person
with diabetes manage their disease.
- Griffin Rodgers, M.D., Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Diabetes
and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at NIH
- Benjamin McCottry, Program Director of Senior Services, D.C. Department of
Parks and Recreation>
- Donna Dunston, Project Director, Barney Neighborhood House
- Carolyn Leontos, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Chair of the NDEP’s Older Adults Workgroup
- Louis Jones, Site Manager, Ft. Stevens Recreational Center
Note to Media:
Following the event, a certified fitness instructor will lead chair exercises
for senior center visitors. A Registered Dietitian will be available to discuss
healthy food choices.
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2005
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Place: Ft. Stevens Recreational Center, 1327 Van Buren St.,
N.W., Washington, D.C.
Contact: Joanne Gallivan, Director, National Diabetes Education
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