March 2020 Newsletter
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Scott County, Tennessee
Scott County, Tennessee is located in north Tennessee and borders Kentucky. According to the 2010 Census, the estimated population is 22,228. The county seat is Huntsville, TN.

Cooking Matters: The Scott County Diabetes Coalition connects with the community to promote ways of building a healthy lifestyle. UT Extension, a member of the coalition, held Cooking Matters classes for the Senior Citizens Center and Friends at full capacity with a waiting list for each session. Scott and Oneida school’s 4th grade classes participated in a year long GoNoodle physical activity challenge with the winning school receiving the GoNoodle premium package. GoNoodle is a series of web-based videos, games, and activities focused on introducing short bursts of physical exercise in the classroom .

Hiking : The Coalition’s biggest success was partnering with the Big South Fork National Park. Big South Fork National Park is located in Kentucky that spans across five counties, including Scott. All the 4th grades participated in a 3.6 mile hike, sparking much interest. Since then, the Park has obtained a grant specifically for more hiking events with the schools to build on the coalition’s efforts. So far, it’s working! Other grades have taken advantage of the hiking opportunities and choosing this for field trips.

“One of our goals for the project was to inspire people of all ages to become more active and we feel this was and is being achieved” said Dr. Terri Keeton, Health Council Chair .

Want to know more about the Scott County Diabetes Coalition activities? Contact coalition Coordinator, Sabra Cope at
Russell County, Kentucky
Russell County, Kentucky is located in south central Kentucky. According to the 2010 Census, the estimated population is 17,775. The county seat is Jamestown, KY.

The Russell County Health and Wellness Coalition has a very active coalition, with up to 35 active members from a variety of sectors that include: schools, local government, health department, senior citizen centers, library, local newspaper, libraries and more.

Triple Crown 5Ks : Over the past year, the Russell County Coalition has implemented several high profile activities including the Triple Crown 5 Ks that include the Trout Trot 5K Jamestown, Mike Hill and the LakeFest Run 5K/10K.
Longest Day of Play: The Russell County Health and Wellness Coalition also provided support for the Longest Day of Play. The Longest Day of Play is an awareness event that is held on the day with the most hours of daylight — the summer solstice. Organizations can promote physical activity through play.

Want to know more about the Rus sell County Health and Wellness Coalition activities? Contact Coalition Coordinator Jamie Lee at .
Noxubee County Diabetes Coalition hosts CDSMP classes
The Noxubee County Diabetes Coalition is hosing a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) class on 3/24/2020 at the Winston County Extension Office from 9:30 to 11:30 for 6 weeks. CDSMP was developed by a team of researchers at Stanford University. It’s a self-management education workshop attended by people with a variety of chronic health conditions that aims to build participants’ confidence in managing their health and keep them active and engaged in their lives.
March is National Nutrition Awareness Month
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to focus on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has created a handy toolkit that includes tip sheets, games and activities, press releases and planning materials.
Technical Assistance Resources Are Available
Shelia Plogger
Regina Knox
Nell Stuart
As a member of the Appalachian Diabetes Network, your coalition can request technical assistance and leader training to build your coalition's capacity to implement programs, activities, and events that reduce the prevalence of diabetes. Contact us to discuss customized technical assistance that meets your coalition's needs. We are here to help you succeed!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Diabetes Statistics Report
The  National Diabetes Statistics Report is a periodic publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides updated statistics about diabetes in the United States for a scientific audience. It includes information on prevalence and incidence of diabetes, prediabetes, risk factors for complications, acute and long-term complications, deaths, and costs.
American Diabetes Association
2020 Standard of Medical Care in Diabetes
The 2020 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes includes all of American Diabetes Association current clinical practice recommendations and is intended to provide clinicians, patients, researchers, payers, and others with the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care.
From the Director's Desk
For the past two decades, Dr. Richard Crespo has served as the Program Director for the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP) at Marshall University . The ADCTP is a network of over 70 coalitions from across Appalachia, who are working to reduce the diabetes epidemic.

This project helps community coalitions organize around the problem of diabetes, including planning, implementing and evaluating their specific projects. Diabetes coalitions receive ongoing training and technical assistance to implement evidence-based programs that increase physical activity options, improve access to nutrition education programs, reduce food insecurities, and increase access to diabetes self-management education programs and diabetes prevention programs. Coalitions learn how to identify barriers that exist in their communities and develop realistic strategies that will meet the unique needs of their communities.

This project is a federal, state, and community partnership involving the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and a team at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health at Marshall University that provides direct technical assistance and training for the coalitions.