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November 1, 2011

Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356

DHHS Kicks Off Diabetes Awareness Campaign

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring a new statewide campaign called “Defend Against Diabetes.” The campaign’s goal is to promote the use of a new interactive website, to educate the public about the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and to provide practical, easy-to-use strategies for diabetes prevention.

The campaign emphasizes six key areas: eat healthy, be active, avoid tobacco, maintain a healthy weight, learn about diabetes, and see your doctor. All of these messages are designed to increase the public’s awareness of how they could be at risk for diabetes and to encourage them to visit their doctor and get tested for diabetes.

“The website also includes a Diabetes Risk Assessment Test, which is a quick and simple way to determine if you are at risk for diabetes,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health. “It’s free, takes less than a minute and could be the ‘wake-up call’ to people unaware that they already have diabetes or pre-diabetes.”
More than 100,000 Nebraskans now have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. That’s enough to fill both the University of Nebraska Memorial Stadium and Devaney Center combined.*
The American Diabetes Association recommends testing for Type 2 diabetes:
  • In people younger than 45 if they have a family member with diabetes, are overweight or obese, or have any other risk factors for diabetes.
  • At age 45 in the absence of other risk factors and then repeated every 3 years.

The campaign will be promoted through statewide print, radio, and billboard advertising along with social media.

For more information about the “Defend Against Diabetes” campaign or to take the diabetes risk test, go to
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