Initiative Promotes Education

JULY 01, 2005

The US Department of Health and Human Services'National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) recently launched a campaign targeted at American Indians and Alaska Natives. "Take Care of Your Heart: Manage Your Diabetes for Future Generations"is adapted from NDEP's nationwide "Be Smart About Your Heart"campaign materials.

The campaign's goal is to inform American Indians and Alaska Natives with diabetes that they can lower their risk of heart attack and stroke if they take care of their heart and manage their diabetes. Research has shown that American Indians and Alaska Natives are >2 times as likely to have diabetes, compared with non-Hispanic Caucasians of similar age. Campaign materials include a motivational tip sheet to help individuals in the target populations keep track of their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. For more information, visit the NDEP Web site at, or call 800-438-5383 for free copies of the materials.