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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 (DAC)

Prediabetes and Diabetes Prevention Funding Opportunity
is Available Now

Please share this funding opportunity with partners and other interested organizations. The Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina (DAC) is partnering with Wholespire to provide funding to community coalitions to increase awareness of prediabetes and the availability of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP).

Opportunity Title: In It Together SC: Preventing Diabetes with Confidence

Award Amount: Up to six coalitions will be funded up to $50,000 for 15 months.

Who Can Apply: Any community coalition located in SC that convenes to address health and/or underlying causes of poor health outcomes is eligible. Coalitions may partner with a 501(c) 3 to serve as a fiscal agent.

Application Due Date: April 1, 2022

This request for proposals allows community coalitions to develop action plans that mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health (SDOH) as they relate to increased access, recruitment, enrollment, and retention into NDPPs.

To download copies of the complete RFP, the RFP proposal template and the RFP budget template go to


Join us Online on Diabetes Alert Day For a Live Virtual Cooking Show with Celebrity Chef Tiffany Derry
Chef Derry will prepare healthy versions of several tasty dishes and interact with you online. Like the In It Together SC Facebook page at or subscribe to the DAC Flicks YouTube Channel to get the latest updates and tune in to the live broadcast. The members of the Diabetes Action Council of SC encourage you to commemorate Diabetes Alert Day by taking the prediabetes risk assessment at 

In a partnership with SC DHEC, the Care Coordination Institute has created an educational workshop series called Chrysalis that we use as a forum to present timely, helpful information to assist people in the healthcare field navigate the challenging demands of this industry.  Our workshops have become wonderful opportunities for staff development and team building for many practices around our state.  In addition, Chrysalis presents the opportunity to learn from other people who have developed unique approaches to solving complex problems, some of which are specific to healthcare but many of which are a result of trying to accomplish big things with limited resources.

We will be having our next Chrysalis Workshop in our series virtually on Friday, March 11th from 9:00am to 12:30pm .  As always, there is no cost to attend and we are really excited about the agenda we have planned for you.

Join the Diet Guidelines: 3 Diets (DG3D) Study
Interested in improving your diet and reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes…all while eating great?! Then DG3D at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) may be for you. We’re looking for African American adults between the ages of 18 and 65 who can participate in a 1 year, exciting healthy eating and lifestyle study that will conclude with assessments of your diet, weight, and health behaviors. As part of this study, you will be randomized to follow one of three healthy diets that are part of the US Dietary Guidelines: a Healthy US diet, a Mediterranean diet, or a Vegetarian diet. You will learn how to cook healthy and delicious recipes here at UofSC so that you can enjoy the health benefits from nutritious meals that taste great.


Participants must meet the following criteria in order to participate:

  • Self-identify as African American
  • Be between the ages of 18-65 years
  • Have a Body Mass Index between 25- 49.9 kg/m2
  • Live in the Columbia, SC area
  • Not currently pregnant
  • Be free of type 2 diabetes
  • Not currently taking prescription medicine to control type 2 diabetes
  • Be able to attend all monitoring visits
  • Be willing to be randomized to either of the three diets
  • Not currently following a vegan, vegetarian, or Mediterranean diet


Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes

Did you know that 1 in 3 adults with diabetes also has chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Your kidneys may be small, but they put in a lot of work to keep you healthy by removing waste and toxins from your body. March is National Kidney Month—a perfect time to brush up on your CKD knowledge.

Most people with early CKD don’t feel sick or notice the signs, so they may not even know they have it until later stages, when the disease is more severe. CKD keeps your kidneys from doing their job, leading to health problems like heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
Getting your kidneys checked regularly can help to prevent CKD or allow you to start treatment earlier, which can protect you from other serious health problems. You can keep your kidneys healthy by:


  1. Managing your blood sugar levels.
  2. Keeping your blood pressure in a healthy range.
  3. Moving more to maintain a healthy weight.
For more information click here

Be sure to subscribe to our DAC Flicks Channel on YouTube.
There you will find episodes of Wellness Wednesday, the "In It Together SC: Preventing Diabetes in South Carolina" docuseries, and more!



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