May 2019 Newsletter
Wyoming County, West Virigina
Wyoming County  is a  county located in south central West Virginia. As of the  2010 census , the population was 23,796.The county seat is  Pineville .

Success Story:
The Wymoning County, WV diabetes coalition implemented a community garden/canning program a s a result of receiving funding from Berea College. The Wyoming County Diabetes Coalition now has 25 local gardeners who are planting, cultivating, and harvesting vegetables. The coalition hosts nutrition and healthy eating classes to educate the gardeners about how to can and preserve vegetables. One of our most successful classes was on canning kraut. Participants canned approximately 72 quarts of kraut. We are partnering with the local food bank and schools to distribute the canned vegetables. 

For more information about how to implement this program contact Coalition Coordinator Charlene Cook at
Casey County, Kentucky
Casey County  is a  county  located in central Kentucky . As of the  2010 census , the population was 15,955. The county seat  is  Liberty .

Success Story :
Casey County was selected to receive a technical assistance support grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called LOCAL FOODS, LOCAL PLACES COUNTY i n partnership with the KY Division of Forestry and Community Design Assistance Center and Virginia Tech. The coalition was able to increase assess to farmer’s market for rural families in Casey County. Coalition members also implement a summer back pack program that includes fresh fruit for the summer months. On average the program serves 125 kids per week. For more information about how to implement this program contact Coalition Coordinator Jamie Lee at
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!
With all the fitness fads and conflicting health advice flooding our news feeds, it can be hard to catch people’s attention with the physical activity messages that matter. The Move Your Way campaign can help.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) developed the  Move Your Way campaign  to share key recommendations from the  second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans , released in November 2018. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, Move Your Way emphasizes personalized, practical strategies that people can use to fit more activity into their busy lives, while clearly communicating the amount and types of physical activity Americans need to stay healthy.


Technical Assistance
Randolph County, AL Diabetes Coalition
May 20, 2019

Gentle Yoga with Shelia!
Jackson County, WV
Senior Center in Ravenswood (1-hour session)
May 20, 2019; 6:30-7:30pm

Technical Assistance
Hale County, AL Diabetes Coalition
May 22, 2019

Site Visit
Macon County, AL Diabetes Coalition
May 24, 2019

Gentle Yoga Leader Training
Randolph County, AL
May 28, 2019

Site Visit
Winston County, AL Diabetes Coalition
May 29, 2019
Randolph County Color Run
Roanoke, AL
June 1, 2019

Gentle Yoga Leader Training
Pike County, KY Health Department
June 4, 2019 

Site Visit
Coosa County, AL
June 14, 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
Interesting in learning how to bill for NDPP? Join the Free "Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Billing and Claims" webinar
On May 29th at 1pm ET the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is hosting a webinar to provide an overview on the MDPP Billing and Claims process. During this webinar, participants will become familiar with the key terms and entities involved in the billing and claims process, understand the MDPP payment structure and how it applies to billing, and learn how to successfully submit claims to Medicare for MDPP services. 

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

SAVE-THE-DATE: Appalachian Strong Summit
Asheville, North Carolina
September 4–6, 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
Looking for New Physical Activity Program to Implement?
Establish a Community-Based Walking Group
Walk with Ease
No matter if you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, the Arthritis Foundation’s six week Walk With Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life.
Studies by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina show that Walk With Ease is proven to:
  • Reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis
  • Increase balance, strength and walking pace
  • Build confidence in your ability to be physically active
  • Improve overall health
The Walk With Ease program is offered as a self-guided course or in a community setting. Choose the format that best suits you.
Learn more about Walk Ease by clicking here.
Funding Opportunity from Share Our Strength
Cooking Matters Grants to Pilot New Formats
Cooking Matters is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food
choices. Our programs teach parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook
healthy meals. Cooking Matters is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end
hunger and poverty.

Cooking Matters is excited to announce a competitive grant opportunity to current or new partners
interested in increasing access to nutrition and food skills education for low-income parents and
caregivers of kids from pregnancy through age 5 with Cooking Matters programming. Through this
grant, you will test implementation of a new format for Cooking Matters in-person programming –
intended to be shorter, more flexible, and even more family-friendly than our existing models.

APPLICATION DUE: May 31st, 2019, 8pm ET
 Interactive Reporting Tool to Assist Appalachian 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.