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A monthly update complete with the latest news and resources brought to you by the Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina.

First Friday Newsletter:

December 2021


New Coalition Funding Opportunity to be Released in early 2022 to
Address Prediabetes 



The Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina (DAC) in partnership with Wholespire will release a request for proposals (RFP) in early 2022. The funding will be used to develop and implement an action plan addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) impacting prediabetes and diabetes prevention and management at the local level using the In It Together SC: Preventing Diabetes in SC discussion guide.  

Tips To In Indulge In Your Sweet Tooth

If you have diabetes or prediabetes, indulging in your favorite treats takes a little more consideration. Some of the tastiest desserts can contain too many carbohydrates, which can spike your blood sugar and increase your risk of developing diabetes complications.


But don’t say goodbye to your sweet tooth just yet!

Instead, take a look at our latest article to learn how to stay diabetes-friendly while enjoying the sweets you love.


Learn how to enjoy your dessert

For More Information:

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases
Small steps, big difference: prediabetes is within your reach.


In case you missed it, November was National Diabetes Month. More than one in three Americans have prediabetes, which is when you have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that are not yet high enough to be considered diabetes. Check out some small steps you can take to make a big difference in preventing or managing prediabetes.

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Dr. Rodgers Speaks about Prediabetes on Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell

Listen to Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers discuss the prevalence, risks, and tips for managing and sometimes even reversing prediabetes with Erica Campbell.  

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Prediabetes Advice from Actress Debbie Allen 

Listen to our latest Healthy Moments episode in which actress Debbie Allen speaks with Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers about her experience with prediabetes.

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Spread the Word

You can continue to share tips for managing prediabetes with your community using the free materials in our National #DiabetesMonth toolkit.

88 Million Americans At Risk For Type II

Diabetes Can Change Their Outcomes

Watch (and share!) our new campaign videos in English and Spanish.

Take the 1-minute risk test to find out if you are at risk for prediabetes

In the United States, 88 million American adults are living with prediabetes, a serious health condition that can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. What’s worse? More than 84% of them don’t know they have it.


This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the dangers of underlying health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, the CDC, American Medical Association, and Ad Council launched a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) taking a serious look at prediabetes.


As part of the Do I Have Prediabetes campaign, the new PSAs encourage Americans to learn their risk for prediabetes because it CAN be reversed by making healthy lifestyle changes.


One great way to learn how to make healthy changes is by joining CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program. With a trained coach, you’ll learn how to make healthy changes to your diet, increase your physical activity, and lower your stress to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

For More Information:


Do I Have Prediabetes?


The Surprising Truth About Prediabetes


Learn how to Prevent Type 2

Find a National DPP Lifestyle Change Program near you


Diabetes Basics


Evaluacion Del Riesgo De Prediabetes

CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation

Tips for the Holidays

On the heels of World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Month come the fall and winter holidays. Holiday celebrations can make it difficult for people to eat healthy, stay physically active, and manage stress – habits that are particularly important for people with diabetes. Many people also travel during the holidays, which may disrupt their normal routines. Here are some helpful tips for people with or at risk for developing diabetes on eating well and traveling with diabetes during the holiday season, as well as tips for managing diabetes and stress.

More tips for living with diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes can be found on DDT’s Features and Spotlights.

Glad Tidings and Good Health (Care)

The end of the calendar year also brings flu season for the northern hemisphere. This is the same time period before many Americans’ health insurance policies reset and health insurance open enrollment occurs in most states – making it a great time to remember the importance of routine medical appointments for people managing diabetes and working to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.


Diabetes requires regular medical care to prevent complications. People with diabetes are also at higher risk for COVID-19 complications. recent CDC study shows that compared with older adults, younger adults with diabetes (aged 18-29 years) were more likely to report missing routine medical care and less likely to report plans to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The article highlights the importance of access to diabetes care for adults with diabetes and public health messages that emphasize diabetes management and COVID-19 prevention, including vaccination, especially for younger adults.

In light of these findings, we encourage you to share these resources with your partners:


New Notice of Funding Opportunity

DDT released a new notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), Real-world effectiveness of structured lifestyle interventions in preventing type 2 diabetes. The cooperative agreement will fund approximately six recipients (up to $900,000 annually) for five years to assess the long-term effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and barriers to enrollment in or completion of structured lifestyle interventions as implemented by the National Diabetes Prevention Program. We encourage our partners to learn more about this NOFO and to view details on eligibility and how to apply. The application deadline is January 24, 2022.

To help your organization capitalize on National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 5-11), the National Forum and eleven collaborating partners are releasing a set of video messages and communications tools today.
  • 15, 20, 35, and 56-second videos feature Million Hearts® Executive Director Laurence Sperling. Dr. Sperling shares facts about the increased risk of a heart attack or death faced by people with heart disease who get the flu. The videos direct viewers to an online vaccine finder to locate vaccination sites near them.
  • Fact sheets and sample social media messages your organization can co-brand and use to raise public awareness that flu vaccination prevents hospitalizations and saves lives. The videos and resources are available at

CDC and Million Hearts® are putting a high priority on influenza vaccination this year. I hope your organization will use the videos and communications tools to get the facts about flu vaccination to your stakeholders.
In addition, mayors across the U.S. are urging members of their communities to get vaccinated against flu. The mayors are leading by example, using videos produced by the National Forum and social media messages to raise awareness and urgency about flu vaccination. Click here to see examples. This initiative is part of Move with the Mayor™.
If you have any questions about the communications tools or want to get your city’s mayor involved, please contact Jen Childress at or (515) 422-4498.

John M. Clymer
Executive Director

Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2021-2022 Season Click Here

Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations Click Here

 For Influenza News Click Here


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