WIN Notes Update: March

WIN Notes Update*

March 2014

NIDDK Director encourages students to pursue the sciences

NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers with a group of 7th and 8th grade students from Buck Lodge Middle School. Photo credit: Buck Lodge Middle School

On February 12, Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), shared his journey through the sciences with a group of students from Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, MD. His talk and lively quiz show highlighted how science affects the students' daily lives and how learning about science can improve their lives.

As part of the Nifty Fifty science speaker program sponsored by the upcoming USA Science & Engineering Festival, Rodgers talked about how his parents, teachers, and three of his close friends who had sickle cell disease inspired his passion for science and sealed his desire to become a doctor and to focus on hematology. Following his brief remarks, Rodgers hosted the students in an interactive quiz show, focusing on some areas of science supported by NIDDK, including diabetes, obesity, physical activity, kidney disease, and the human microbiome. To close the event, the students asked Rodgers questions ranging from how long it took for him to become a doctor to if there’s a cure for diabetes.

The 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival is the largest science festival in the U.S. It will be held April 26–27 in Washington, D.C. The organization sponsors contests and school programs like the Nifty Fifty to spark the interest of youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This was Buck Lodge Middle School’s first time participating in the festival. More information about the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival and its expo is available at

March is National Kidney Month

NKDEP offers ways to be a kidney health champion

Man using a laptop computer

More than 20 million U.S. adults may have chronic kidney disease, according to the NIDDK’s National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP). And most don’t know they have it. Kidney disease may lead to major health problems, including kidney failure and heart disease.

Check out NKDEP’s National Kidney Month page at for ideas and tools for promoting kidney health. These include social media updates, links to more information about kidney health, and a place to subscribe to NKDEP’s newsletter. The page also features messages and resources you can use to let your loved ones and others in your area know about risk factors for kidney disease, the importance of getting tested, and ways to keep your kidneys healthy. You can also read the page in Spanish at

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

. . . ideas for promoting health among minority groups.   


Connect with WIN

Visit WIN’s Facebook page this month for eating and physical activity tips and advice about how to help your friends and family stick with their healthy habits.

Be a health champion this year! WIN can help

Health Champion materials

WIN kicked off 2014 with a campaign to help people to be health champions: those who inspire those around them to move more, eat better, and stay at a healthy weight. Campaign materials include a flyer, articles, an e-card, and social media updates. Many can be used year round. Check them out at

NIDDK unveils its new website

NIDDK recently launched a new version of its website. The new site features an updated look and is set up so that research information is now easier to find. Site visitors can quickly access NIDDK’s grant and research training programs and data and sample repositories and learn about clinical trials. Key features such as health information, education, and news remain in places where site visitors can locate and explore them quickly. Visit the updated website at