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Diabetes association introduces prevention kit aimed at Hispanic communities

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The American Diabetes Association on Thursday introduced a new Adult Prevention Toolkit designed specifically for community-based and faith-based organizations in Hispanic communities.

“Personal health matters such as diabetes can be a sensitive subject among Latino communities,” stated Lurelean Gaines, chair of the American Diabetes Association’s National Latino Subcommittee. “We want to change that in a culturally sensitive way. The American Diabetes Association provides a wealth of relevant information specifically for Hispanic/Latino populations, so health issues can move from personal or individual challenges, to broader community-based solutions.”

The toolkit provides organizations with comprehensive and culturally relevant information on diabetes and healthy living. Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Diabetes Association will also be hosting Feria de Salud Por Tu Familia, an outdoor Latino health festival in cities across the United States.

Feria de Salud Por Tu Familia is an outdoor community event sponsored by the American Diabetes Association that captures the elements of a festive street fair while communicating the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices for the entire Hispanic/Latino family. Elements of this event include music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, nutritional information, and speakers on topics related to diabetes. This autumn, Feria events will officially launch on Sept. 13 in New York City’s South Bronx. Other Feria events will be held in Laredo, Texas on Sept. 20; San Jose, Calif. on Sept 21; and in both Dallas and Miami on Sept. 27. There will also be one Feria in November in Los Angeles,.

The Association is targeting community and faith-based organizations with this special resource because they play a critical role in providing important health information and services in Hispanic/Latino communities. Each toolkit contains educational materials, including bilingual brochures, recipe samplers, posters, and healthy lifestyle tip sheets. community-based and faith-based organizations conducting outreach to Hispanic/Latino communities can order a free copy of the Adult Prevention Toolkit by calling 1-800-DIABETES.

The timing of the release correlated with the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The toolkit was funded through a grant from the Abbott Fund.

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Newspaper supplement highlights dangers of OTC drug abuse

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Three associations—the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America—on Wednesday introduced a new tool in the fight against medicine abuse, a 16-page newspaper supplement that aims to educate young people and parents about the dangers of abusing over-the-counter cough medicine and prescription drugs.

“Prescription medicines improve the lives of millions of patients every day,” stated Billy Tauzin, PhRMA’s president and chief executive officer. “The misuse of these medicines is tragic, and I believe we have an obligation to ensure that they are used properly. This supplement helps prevent medication abuse by actively reaching out to households and schools all across the country.”

“While national surveys show that overall illicit drug use among youth is on a downward trend, unfortunately the rates of over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse are holding steady.” commented Gen. Arthur Dean, CADCA chairman and chief executive officer. “CADCA and our partners share a common goal—to reduce the abuse of these medicines. … This project represents yet another ‘teachable moment’ that parents, community leaders and teachers can take to the youth in their lives make positive choices.”

The supplement, entitled “Stay Smart, Don’t Start: The Truth About Drugs and Alcohol,” was developed jointly by the three associations as part of its collective effort to raise awareness and fight medicine abuse.

The supplement contains information about the scope of the problem of youth alcohol, illicit drug, and medicine abuse; slang terms that teens use to describe OTC cough medicine and prescription drug abuse; and steps parents can take to prevent medicine abuse in their families. It also includes examples of what youth can do to get involved in drug prevention in their communities and helpful online resources for teens, parents, and teachers.

The supplement was published in the Washington, D.C. metro area in The Washington Times on Sept. 9, 2008, and is available online at: www.nieteacher.org/staysmart.pdf.

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NTP studies find Chromax safe

BY Michael Johnsen

PURCHASE, N.Y. Nutrition 21 on Thursday announced that study results released by the National Toxicology Program support the safety of short-term and long-term use of Chromium Picolinate.

“We are pleased with the conclusions of the NTP studies. Over the years Chromax chromium picolinate has proven to be an efficacious compound in assisting consumers to safely and proactively attain, and maintain, healthy blood glucose levels, carbohydrate metabolism, and body composition,” stated Michael Zeher, president and chief executive officer of Nutrition 21. “The results of these highly credible studies build upon the extensive database of safety data behind our products, and help provide retailers and consumers with the added confidence they need to initially buy our product and to become loyal repeat customers.”

Multiple safety studies were performed in animals, including a two-year study using daily doses of chromium picolinate equivalent to 50,000 times the common human dose found in supplements. Results of the studies can be viewed at the NTP website by clicking here.

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