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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Joanne Gallivan, NDEP Director

The National Diabetes Education Program Supports Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day
What: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) supports the HHS-sponsored Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day — September 20, 2005 — a part of a national campaign by HHS that focuses on the health gap between racial and ethnic minorities and the general population. NDEP encourages the public to support loved ones living with diabetes by working with them to practice a healthy lifestyle and encourage them to get regular checkups.
Why: 18.2 million Americans, or 6.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes. It is important that they eat right, stay active, and take their medication so they can reduce their risk of complications associated with diabetes, including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness. People with diabetes need to keep their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control through regular checkups with their health care team. With the active support of their loved ones, people with diabetes can live longer, healthier lives.
Who: James R. Gavin III, M.D., Ph.D., chair, National Diabetes Education Program
Alfred Dimps, husband and supportive loved one of Linda Rooks-Dimps, diagnosed with diabetes in 1997
When: Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Other Resources: See www.ndep.nih.gov or call contact listed above for NDEP’s “Tips for Helping a Person with Diabetes,” developed in partnership with the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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