WIN Notes Update: November

WIN Notes Update*

November 2013

“Maintain, don’t gain” promotes weight control

Approach helps African American women in study stay at starting weight

New study findings suggest that a focus on keeping one’s weight and shape, rather than losing weight, may help some African American women control their weight. Funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the study included 194 overweight or obese women, ages 25 to 44. Part of the women completed the 1-year Shape Program, which helped them set and track goals for keeping their weight. At 18 months, more than half of Shape Program women were still at their starting weight, compared with fewer than 4 in 10 of those not in the program. For more on this study, go to

For more on the Shape Program, visit

What’s new with WIN publications?

Revised Sisters Together Program Guide includes community tools

Sisters Together Program Guide Right Aligned

The newly revised Sisters Together Program Guide can help you create a health awareness effort where you live to help black women move more and eat better.

The guide gives examples of program activities and lists six steps to help you plan your program:

  1. Getting started
  2. Finding resources in your area
  3. Setting goals
  4. Spreading the word about Sisters Together
  5. Planning activities
  6. Measuring success

The Resources section contains other tools to help you plan and promote your program. It offers forms, logos, sample letters, and tip sheets you can download and customize to print or share online with your group. These resources were designed for black women ages 18 and older but can be adapted for other groups.

To download the guide or the resources, visit

NDEP offers online resources

Tool helps people assess chances of type 2 diabetes

Diabetes Risk Test

November is National Diabetes Month—a great time to check out NDEP and its website, Among NDEP’s many online resources is the Diabetes Risk Test. This tool provides a quick, easy way to find out how likely you are to develop—or have—type 2 diabetes. Users answer some questions and then receive a score showing their risk. They also can click on a link to learn more about how to prevent type 2 diabetes and stay healthy. Check out the test at

NKDEP e-newsletter covers kidney health and program news

The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) offers a monthly e-newsletter, Make the Kidney Connection. It contains news on NKDEP’s work, tips for promoting kidney health, and resources for health educators. Check out the latest issue at to see highlights from WIN and find out how to subscribe.

Watch for the next issue of the WIN Notes Update for . . .

 . . . ways to eat better, move more, and spread the message of health in the New Year.


Connect with WIN

“Like” WIN on Facebook soon to see ideas for getting and staying healthy through the winter holidays. Tips come from WIN’s Sisters Together materials. In the New Year, watch for tips on being a health champion.

Listen to NIDDK podcasts online

NIDDK offers free podcasts at In English and Spanish, they cover topics like diabetes among young people, weight control during the winter holidays, and WIN’s Sisters Together program. The webpage also features podcasts from the National Institutes of Health and the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP).

WIN offers infographic

Childhood Obesity

Learn about how you can help reduce childhood obesity with WIN’s new infographic (a picture, like a subway map, that shows a complex set of ideas clearly). View the infographic on WIN’s website at or Facebook page at and share it to spread the word about this important topic.