March 2019 Newsletter
Meigs County, Ohio
Meigs County, Ohio has a population of approximatley 23,080. Since 2012, the Meigs County Diabetes Coalition has implemented a variety of programs and activities to reduce the prevalance of diabetes including supporting local parks, the creation of a mico-market, community greenhouses, and orchards.

The Meigs County Health Department (coalition member), was recently selected by the National Association of County and City Health Officials to recieve a financial award that will be used to complete the active living program this year.

Want to learn more about Meigs County, Ohio Click here to visit the Meigs County Ecomonic Development Center.
Fayette, West Virgina
Fayette County, West Virigina has a population of approximatley 46,039. Since 2013, the Fayette County Living Well Workgroup has offered programs that address food insecurity (summer feeding program), have provided support to the local farmer's market, and implements a Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) classe several times a year.

DSMP participant testimony: “Since my heart attack in August of 2016, life has taken on a new meaning. I have had to modify my life style. Exercise became very important. I exercise thirty minutes five times a week. In order to modify my lifestyle, my husband and I learned ways to change our diet and how to take better care of ourselves. Reading the labels was very helpful. We learned portion control, balanced diet, and what to do to control hunger in between meals. We both were very thankful for what information that was given to our group.” - Participant Doris Conner (pictured above).

Want to learn more about Fayette, West Virigina? Click here to learn more.
It's National Nutrition Month®! National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Nutrition  and physical activity are important parts of a healthy lifestyle when you have diabetes or are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information. Visit the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics website for talking points, inforgraphics, and sample social media posts.
G raham R evitalization & E conomic A ction T eam (GREAT) Health Coalition Meeting
208 Snowbird Youth Center Road, Robbinsville, NC
March 21, 2019

Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) and Diabetes Self-Management (DSM) Training
Dates March 26, 27; April 2 - 4, 2019 (You must be able to attend all five days)
Noxubee Civic Center, 16291 U. S. Highway 45,
Macon, MS (Nouxbee County, MS)
March 26 - 27, 2019
Mississippi State University Ext. Service Building,
155 Vance Street in Louisville, MS (Winston County, MS)
April 2 - 4, 2019

Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) and Diabetes Self-Management (DSM) Training
April 22 - 26, 2019
Prestonsburg, KY (Floyd County, KY)

Dining with Diabetes
Morning and Evening Sessions will be offered
Jackson County, Ohio
April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2019

Gentle Yoga Leader Training
(Athens County, OH)
May 14, 2019

Gentle Yoga Leader Training
(Randolph County, AL)
May 28, 2019
Interested in offering Gentle Yoga Leader Training, Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) or a similar workshop for your coalition members? Contact Shelia Plogger for additional information at
Interested in offering A Community-based Lifestyle Change Program in your county?
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12 month community led CDC recognized lifestyle change program that is lead by trained lifestyle coaches. As a lifestyle coach, you will provide classes to individuals who are at risk for
developing Type 2 diabetes. You will learn, laugh, share stories, try new things, and help individuals lower their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and improve their health. Interested in hosting a NDPP lifestyle coach class in your county? Contact Nell Stuart at

Save-the-Date for the
2019 Appalachian Diabetes Coalitions Celebrating Success Conference
October 1- 4, 2019

Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Summit
This conference will focus on the exponential growth of technological innovations. Recent policy shifts are paving the way for dramatic changes in how we deliver health care and influence health behaviors. The conference will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, VA.
March 31 - April 2, 2019

Rural Child Hunger Summit
The summit will provide a forum for diverse stakeholders to learn about successful interventions taking place in the field, identify emerging opportunities to amplify the impact of existing programs, and discuss areas where additional research, investment or advocacy is needed to reduce child hunger in rural communities. The conference will be at the  Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
March 21-22, 2019

National Rural Health Conference
NRHA's Annual Rural Health Conference is the nation's largest rural health conference, created for anyone with an interest in rural health care, including rural health practitioners, hospital administrators, clinic directors and lay health workers, social workers, state and federal health employees, academics, community members and more. The conference will held at the Atlanta Marriott in Georgia.
May 7 -10, 2019

American Diabetes Association 79th Scientific Sessions
The Scientific Sessions offers researchers and health care professionals an amazing opportunity to share ideas and learn about the significant advances in diabetes research, treatment, and care. Over the course of five days, attendees will receive exclusive access to more than 2,800 original research presentations, take part in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts, and expand professional networks with colleagues from around the world. The conference will be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
June 7 - 11, 2019

13th Annual Southern Obesity Summit
The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Together, these states join forces to fight obesity. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Convention Center and Spa in Oklahoma City, OK.
October 28 - 30, 2019
MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. Download resources and information from the myplate website.
Fruits & Veggies–More Matters® is a health initiative focused on helping Americans increase fruit & vegetable consumption for better health. The program is spearheaded by  Produce for Better Health Foundation  (PBH), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to help spread the word about the health benefits of adding MORE fruits & veggies to your diet. Learn about meal planning, download healthy recipes, and learn more about fruits and veggies.
 Interactive Reporting Tool to Assist Appalachia Communities in Exploring Community Data

Are you looking for health statistics for your community, county, or state? Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots is an interactive report that includes county-level data on 41 variables, including several measures relevant to diabetes and its risk factors. Users can easily create reports or maps to examine conditions in any county, or compare multiple counties. Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots is an innovative research initiative sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and administered by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
 National Diabetes Prevention Program Customer Service Center
The purpose of the National DPP Customer Service Center is to provide organizations easy access to information and resources about prediabetes and the National DPP. Organizations can access training materials, toolkits, and videos; ask questions; and receive technical assistance related to all aspects of the program.