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What is Diabetes at Work?

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Launched in 2002, Diabetes at Work is the first online resource specifically designed to address the prevention and management of diabetes in the workplace.  The site’s content was developed by diabetes educators, occupational health care providers, wellness managers and health plan benefits managers who saw a great need to make diabetes education information easily accessible and user-friendly to employers and managers at both large and small companies.

Diabetes at Work is a resource of the National Diabetes Education Program. This Web Site provides free, easy-to-use tools and strategies that help companies plan, build, implement and evaluate diabetes intervention activities. Users can download resources from a wide variety of federal and nonprofit organizations. These resources can be used to inform employees about diabetes prevention and best practices for diabetes management at work.

Topics on the site include basics about diabetes and workplace wellness, wellness program planning, diabetes prevention, diabetes management, complications of diabetes, healthy lifestyle issues including weight management, healthy lifestyle issues (including weight management, physical activity and tobacco cessation) and topics unique to managing diabetes on the job.

The information on Diabetes at Work can be used to:

• Enhance employee communications.
• Create low-cost education programs, fact sheets, Web Sites, and health bulletins.
• Promote current health management programs, including health fairs and brown bag lunches.
• Help senior managers make the business case to top company executives about the need to address diabetes in the workplace.

The following organizations have collaborated with the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) in the development of Diabetes at Work.

American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)

AADE is a multidisciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to advancing diabetes self-management training and care as integral components of health care for persons with diabetes.AADE also supports lifestyle management for the prevention of diabetes.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)

AAOHN is a 6,000 member professional association dedicated to advancing the health, safety, and productivity of domestic and global workforces by providing education, research, public policy, and practice resources for occupational and environmental health nurses. These professionals are the largest group of health care providers serving the worksite.

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)

ACOEM is the nation’s largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventative medicine, clinical care, research, and education.  Physicians, including specialists from a variety of fields, work together to develop policies on vital issues relevant to the practice of preventive medicine both inside and outside of the workplace.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

The ADA is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. The mission of the organization is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)

AHIP is a national trade association representing nearly 1,300 member companies and providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans. AHIP provides a unified voice for the health care financing industry to expand access to high-quality, cost effective health care to all Americans and to ensure Americans financial security through robust insurance markets, product flexibility and innovation, and many customer choices.

National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH)

NBCH provides expertise, resources, and a voice to its members across the country and represents each community coalition at the national level. As a “coalition of coalitions” the NBCH spreads the tenets and practical applications of community health reform to areas where employers have yet to organize their purchasing power.

National Business Group on Health (NBGH)

NBGH, representing 186 large employers, is the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to the nation’s most important health care and benefits issues. The business group also supports its members with disability, health/productivity, paid time off, and work/life balance concerns. The business group’s mission is to serve its corporate members by providing business solutions and addressing policy, legislation, and and regulations. It serves as a voice for large employers on health policy interests and on health and disability practices.

National Safety Council (NCS)

NSC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. NSC partners with businesses, government agencies, elected officials, and the public. The Family Safety & Health Employer Resource addresses health issues that greatly affect employees and their families.

National Wellness Institute (NWI)

The mission of the NWI is to serve the professionals and organizations that promote optimal health and wellness individuals and communities. The NWI has long defined wellness as “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices towards, a more successful existence”.

Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA)
WELCOA is a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting healthier life styles for all Americans, especially through health promotion initiatives at the worksite.  WELCOA serves as an umbrella, linking communities and coalitions together into a network that includes locally-affiliated wellness councils, well workplaces, Well City initiatives, and individual and corporate members throughout the United States.