Librarians, Plan Ahead for November: American Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and here are a few ideas for incorporating health programs into your overall library programming strategy brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.
According to the latest available information (2011) from The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes affects 8.3% of the total U.S. population, and in 2010 close to 27% of Americans 65 and older had diabetes. As the leading cause of kidney failure, lower limb amputations (not caused by trauma), new cases of blindness among adults, a major cause of heart disease and stroke and the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes is a serious matter.

The good news is that Type 2 diabetes is somewhat preventable. In one study, The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), demonstrated that over a three-year period, losing weight and increasing physical activity may reduce reduce the development of Type 2 diabetes by 58% across all age groups and as much as 71% among adults aged 60 years or older.

Promoting American Diabetes Month at your library will be easy with free resources as well as information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

  • Quick and Easy: printable puzzles and other activities for children and handy printables for adults.
  • Featured Resources: books for children and adults and links to reliable information online
  • Book Club: ideas for your book discussion group
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free items to help you publicize American Diabetes Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: links to interactive information

Quick and Easy

Coloring Pages, Games, and Books for Children:

Printables for Adults:

Featured Resources

Books for Adults

Books For Children and Teens

Reliable Online Information:

Book Club

Observe National Diabetes Month this month by choosing this discussion-provoking book for your November book club.

Not Dead Yet – My Race Against Disease from Diagnosis to Dominance by Phil Southerland and John Hanc (Thomas Dunne Books, 2011)

From the author: “Part memoir, part sports adventure, Not Dead Yet tells the inspirational story of Phil Southerland’s battle with Type 1 diabetes [from age seven months] and how from diagnosis to sheer determination, Phil Southerland beat all odds and turned his diagnosis and his passion for cycling into a platform. From leading a Race Across America to now managing a world-class cycling program, his journey on and off the bike is changing the way the world views diabetes.”

Community Resources

Find a local agency to partner with, a speaker, or other local resources here:

Publicity Resources

Use this free material alongside your library’s November programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and American Diabetes Month.

Fun Stuff

Add some interesting and helpful interactive links to a library program, your library website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:

For Children:

Interactive Tools:


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