The Road to Health Toolkit was developed by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a partnership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more than 200 public and private organizations. NDEP wants to help community health workers (CHWs) share with their communities, that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in people at high risk for the disease.
This bi-lingual toolkit is for CHWs in African American/African Ancestry and Hispanic/Latino communities. The Road to Health Toolkit was mainly designed for African American/African Ancestry and Hispanic/Latino communities, but it can appeal to any audience. In the United States, these two communities are at higher risk than the general population for developing type 2 diabetes. In creating this toolkit, NDEP looked at findings from the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) study. The DPP study showed that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in people at high risk for the disease.
The DPP study has three main messages on how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Lose 5 to 7 percent of their weight, if they are overweight (10 to 14 pounds /4.5 to 6.3 kg for a 200 pound/90.6 kg person). Lose and maintain the weight loss by making healthy food choices by eating a variety of foods that are low in fat and reducing the number of calories they eat per day. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week. This could be brisk walking, yard work, and actively playing with children, for example, riding bicycles or playing soccer.
NDEP also asked CHWs who are working in African American/African Ancestry and Hispanic/Latino communities what tools they would need to teach their neighbors about type 2 diabetes prevention. Their answers helped shape The Road to Health Toolkit, which has three types of materials: resources, activities, and teaching aids. The basic toolkit components include: a Flipchart, User's Guide, Activities Guide, Resource Guide, Photo Journal, and The Road to Health Supplemental CD-ROM. Also available are The Road to Health Training Guide and Video, designed for those who offer train-the-trainer workshops.