Thursday, October 8, 2015

Celebrate Health Literacy Month with NDEP's Plain Language Resources

October is Health Literacy Month. 

Understanding health-related terms and concepts is difficult for many people. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, only 12% of adults are health literate. Limited health literacy is associated with poor outcomes, and multiple studies have shown that chronically ill patients who have limited health literacy are less able to manage their conditions effectively.  

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) offers plain language publications designed to help those with limited health literacy better understand their diabetes and how to manage it. Visit NDEP's website for plain language resources about diabetes prevention, treatment, and social support. 

In one of NDEP's resources, “It's Not Too Late to Prevent Diabetes” they provide a 5 step guide to help older adults prevent or delay getting type 2 diabetes. The guide focuses on nutrition and physical activity, similar to the approaches undertaken by the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

To learn more about Diabetes Prevention Program efforts in Colorado, visit our website.

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