National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Offers Materials for Hispanic and Latino Employees
Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15 and continues through October 15. The recently published findings of the Study of Latinos—Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities, launched by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, found considerable diversity among Hispanic/Latino groups when it comes to the prevalence of diabetes, as well as low rates of diabetes awareness, diabetes control, and health insurance coverage. Some findings include the following:
- The prevalence of total diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) among all Hispanic/Latino groups was roughly 16.9% for both men and women, compared with 10.2% for non-Hispanic whites.
- However, prevalence varied between different subgroups—from a high of 18.3% for people of Mexican descent to a low of 10.2% for people of South American descent.
- The longer study participants lived in the United States, the more likely they were to develop diabetes, and the more education and income they had, the less likely they were to develop diabetes.
Help your Hispanic/Latino employees with resources from the National Diabetes Education Program.
September Is Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month
Did you know that fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day? According to ChooseMyPlate.gov, there are many reasons to have a diet rich in vegetables and fruit, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has released a toolkit that can help employers get the word out about the importance of having a balanced diet. Take a look at the toolkit for sample tweets and actionable recommendations to encourage employees to eat more fruits and vegetables.
September Is National Preparedness Month that serves as a reminder for all to take action and prepare—now and throughout the year—for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit. Last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” was so successful we will be promoting it again this September. It continues to emphasis the importance of young people, older adults, people with disabilities, and others with special needs like a chronic medical condition to be prepared.
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NIOSH Total Worker Health® Webinar Series: Productive Aging and Work
Join the National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on September 27 for the next installment of the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series focused on theory, health data, and practical solutions for productive aging and work. Expert speakers will highlight the concept of productive aging and how it applies to your workplace. Register now!
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