Every five minutes, sixteen American adults are newly diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, nearly 10% of the U.S. population had been diagnosed with this disease, affecting people of all ages and ethnicities. Another one in four people weren’t aware they had it.

In this kit, we explore how diet and lifestyle can help reverse the effects of diabetes. Just in time to prepare for Diabetes Month in November, you’ll have resources to share with shoppers and patients. We’ve included lots of tips for better eating and healthier lifestyle habits, family-friendly recipes everyone is sure to enjoy, and a summary of the latest research on how a healthy diet is the first line of defense against this disease.


Carbohydrates play a role in every healthy diet; after all, fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains are all carbohydrate foods. Those who are pre-diabetic or diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may be happy to learn that they can eat carbs, too – as long as they know how to tell “good carbs” from not-so-good choices. This one-page handout explains carb quality at a glance.




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