The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) — a joint initiative between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health — has developed a curriculum, Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention. Power to Prevent focuses on how to prevent and control diabetes through increased physical activity and healthy eating.
Power To Prevent includes effective, step-by-step lesson plans to help African Americans with or at risk for diabetes to take control of their eating habits and engage in a more physically active lifestyle.
“Diabetes is a growing epidemic among African Americans — yet one third of all people who have this condition aren’t even aware that they have it,” said Janet Brown-Friday, Chair of the NDEP’s African American Work Group. “Power to Prevent gives program leaders the resources and information they need to inform people that it is possible to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in people at high risk.”
In the 2002 findings of the Diabetes Prevention Program study, scientists found that people can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by losing some weight (5–7 percent of their weight or 10–15 pounds for a person who weighs 200 pounds), eating healthy (consuming less fat and fewer calories) and participating in moderate physical activity (such as 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 days a week).
Power to Prevent is a companion piece to the NDEP Small Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent type 2 Diabetes campaign. The key theme of this campaign is that people at risk for diabetes can reap big rewards — such as the delay or prevention of type 2 diabetes and its complications — by taking small steps to implement healthy lifestyle behaviors.