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In the Community


A company wellness program can expand its impact by looking beyond the workplace for strategic resources. Local nurse educators, dietitians, physicians, pharmacists, and other health care or allied professionals can be recruited to lead workshops or offer health screenings.

Community organizations also are valuable resources. For example, local chapters of Lions Clubs International often support health education and outreach, as well as blood pressure and eye disease screenings, in their communities.

National nonprofit organizations such as the American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association provide publications, sponsor events, and offer tips and techniques for getting and staying healthy that can be incorporated into your workplace wellness program.

As your program takes shape, consider becoming a resource in your own community by sharing your challenges and successes with other local businesses and at professional association meetings.

Diabetes at Work provides a kit of resources to use when offering a collaborative community program about diabetes and corporate wellness efforts.

Aids & Tools

Know More

  1. Information about the rate of diabetes in the community is available from CDC.
  2. Learn more about what is happening around diabetes in your community by contacting your local hospital diabetes education program and the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Ask More

  1. Is there really anything my company can do to impact the incidence of diabetes in our community?
    YES!  Start with your own company and offer diabetes awareness and self management education support and education. Then move beyond your employee group and reach out to retirees, employee family members, customers and vendors.  The impact you can have is phenomenol.
  2. Who can help me organize a meeting about diabetes in my community?
    Many communities have formed diabetes coalitions to address the wide spread impact of this disease.  Start by reaching out to local diabetes education programs and the local office of the Department of Health.

Do More

  1. Promote and participate in community wide awareness activities such as the American Diabetes Alert in March and National Diabetes Month in November. Information can be found about these campaigns on the NDEP Promotions Calendar.