September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month—a time when the nation recognizes the culture, contributions, and heritage of Hispanic/Latino Americans. As we honor this observance, it is important to remember that Hispanics/Latinos are disproportionately affected by diabetes. The National Diabetes Education Program has many resources you can use to encourage Hispanics and Latinos to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and manage diabetes.
NDEP has tips and resources you can use in your outreach to this population:
- Prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Step by Step. (Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2. Paso a paso): This bilingual tip sheet aims to help Hispanics/Latinos at risk for type 2 diabetes move more and eat less to reduce their risk for diabetes.
- Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (Mi plan de acción para prevenir la diabetes tipo 2): This three-booklet package helps people assess their risk for developing diabetes and implement a program to prevent or delay the onset of the disease and it includes an activity tracker and a fat and calorie counter.
- You Are the Heart of Your Family...Take Care of It. (Usted es el corazón de la familia...cuide su corazón): This bilingual tip sheet explains the link between diabetes and heart disease for Hispanics/ Latinos. It encourages patients to work with their health care team to manage their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. A wallet card allows patients to track their target numbers.
- Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families (Ricas recetas para personas con diabetes y sus familiares): This bilingual recipe book is filled with healthy meals designed for Latinos. Recipes are accompanied by their nutritional facts table. The booklet also provides diabetes management tips and resources.
- 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life (4 Pasos para controlar la diabetes de por vida): This booklet gives four key steps to help people with diabetes better manage the disease to live a long and active life. It is excellent for people newly diagnosed with diabetes and people who just want to learn more about controlling the disease.
Visit YourDiabetesInfo.org to learn more and find additional resources you can use to raise awareness of diabetes.