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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention - Leading the effort to treat and prevent diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives


Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools (DETS) Curriculum

This new curriculum for use by teachers and other educators working with children and youth in grades K–12. It is part of a national effort to decrease the incidence and improve the care of type 2 diabetes among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The curriculum was developed through collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, American Indian Tribal Colleges, and the IHS Division of Diabetes.

The DETS Curriculum was developed using a multidisciplinary approach. This educator-ready tool promotes active inquiry-based collaborative learning and comes with extensive background materials for the educator.

View and Order

View and download copies of the curriculum at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov website.

You can order a printed copy of the curriculum unit(s) and related materials or a CD ROM set of the full curriculum from the IHS Division of Diabetes Online Catalog.

You can order the Eagle Book Series and related classroom materials (used in the Grades K–2 and 3–4 units) from the IHS Division of Diabetes Online Catalog.

Overview

The DETS curriculum includes K–12 multidisciplinary units with lessons for teachers and other educators that are designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the problems of diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, to empower students to make healthy lifestyle choices, and to stimulate general student interest in diabetes-based science careers. Students participate in interdisciplinary activities that draw from Science, Math, Health, and English Language Arts. The curriculum is based on national education standards for the respective subject area, along with Native American cultural content.

Content

Grades K–2

Health Is Life in Balance
Units include:
  • Exploring Health and Foods
  • What Is a Healthy Balance?
  • Exploring the Food Groups
  • Diabetes Is an Imbalance in the Body
  • Balancing the Body's Needs to Prevent Diabetes
Materials include:
  • Teacher strategies, student lessons, and copymasters
  • Eagle Book Series [4 books and DVD]
  • Diabetes Animations
  • Round Dance Video
  • Round Dance Audio Samples
  • Posters - Balance Image, Health Is Life in Balance, and Pyramid Posters
  • Power to Prevent Diabetes Handout
  • Round Dance Video [separate DVD]
Grades 3–4

Health Is Life in Balance
Units include:
  • Exploring a Healthy Balance
  • Being Smart about Being Healthy
  • Exploring Digestion and Diabetes
  • Healthy Harvests from Our Mother Earth
Materials include:
  • Teacher strategies, student lessons, and copymasters
  • Eagle Book Series [4 books and DVD]
  • Diabetes Animations
  • Round Dance Video
  • Round Dance Audio Samples
  • Posters - Balance Image, Health Is Life in Balance, and Pyramid Posters
  • Power to Prevent Diabetes Handout
  • Round Dance Video [separate DVD]
Grades 5–6 Social Studies

All Life Is Connected: Lifestyle, Environment and Diabetes
Unit includes:
  • Letter from Down Under
  • Change and Choices
  • Anna's Questions about Diabetes
  • Connections
Materials include:
  • Teacher strategies, student lessons, and copymasters
  • Diabetes Animations
  • Test Bank Documents [questions and answers]
Grades 7–8 Science

A Balancing Act: Preventing Diabetes
Unit includes:
  • History in the Making
  • Focus on Diabetes
  • Health Is Life in Balance
  • The Diabetes Health Care Clinic
  • Taking the Message Home
Materials include:
  • Teacher strategies, student lessons, and copymasters
  • Diabetes Animations
  • Test Bank Documents [questions and answers]
Grades 7–8 Social Studies

Life in Balance
Unit includes:
  • Civic Action and Health
  • Helping Our Town
  • A Community Seeks Balance
  • Your Community Needs You
Materials include:
  • Teacher strategies, student lessons, and copymasters
  • Diabetes Animations
  • Test Bank Documents [questions and answers]
Grades 9–12 Health

Diabetes and American Indian/Alaska Native Health
Unit includes:
  • Diabetes and the Community
  • The Facts of Diabetes
  • Health Risks in Diabetes
  • History: Changes in Environment and Diet
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Letting Others Know about Diabetes
Materials include:
  • Teacher strategies, student lessons, and copymasters
  • Diabetes Animations
  • Test Bank Documents [questions and answers]
Grades 9–12 Science

Life in Balance: Understanding Homeostasis and Diabetes
Unit includes:
  • What Is Diabetes?
  • What Is Blood Glucose?
  • Keeping Blood Glucose in Balance
  • How Does Insulin Work?
  • Diabetes–Why Does It Matter?
  • Sharing Your Knowledge of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Pursuing a Career Related to Diabetes Education
Materials include:
  • Teacher strategies, student lessons, and copymasters
  • Diabetes Animations
  • Test Bank Documents [questions and answers]


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Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention | Phone: (505) 248-4182 | Fax: (505) 248-4188 | diabetesprogram@ihs.gov