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    Late to the party or just in time?

    27 November 2017

    Recently we launched a campaign on creating flexible work options here at Novo Nordisk. And we’re really proud of that fact. But when I tell HR colleagues from other companies about this, they look at me a bit perplexed. It's true that this approach isn’t "new" and was a very "hot" trend in the early 2000s. Now we’ve seen companies like Yahoo, Best Buy, IBM, Reddit and others pull back from offering work flexibility to their employees. Does that mean we’re at the wrong end of this trend? More importantly, why do we think we need to focus on this?

     
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    Success is possible

    20 November 2017

    With two-thirds of people with diabetes living in cities, we initiated Cities Changing Diabetes three years ago to put a spotlight on urban diabetes. This effort has grown into a global coalition, with nine international cities – including Houston - with more than 75 million residents, and 100 expert partners all united in the fight against urban diabetes. In late October, 300 city and public health leaders, urban planners and key stakeholders in the fight against urban diabetes convened and called for every city to set a goal for what it will take to hold back the rise of diabetes in their cities, and create their own action plans to achieve it.

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    I don’t want other patients to go through this

    16 November 2017

    If you ever want your voice to be heard, spend a day on Capitol Hill advocating for an issue near and dear to your heart.  That is exactly what I was able to do during a recent “Day on the Hill” organized by my employer Novo Nordisk. Feeling empowered to sit in front of members of Congress or their staff and have them focus entirely on what you are advocating for is incredibly fulfilling. This was my third time visiting members of Congress and/or their staff to ask for co-sponsorship of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act and the National Obesity Care Week Resolution.

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    Healthy women, healthy world

    15 November 2017

    As mothers, sisters, spouses, and partners, we play a central role in the health and happiness of our families, loved ones, and friends. But too often, we deprioritize our personal health, missing opportunities to address our own concerns. So that makes this year’s World Diabetes Day even more poignant for me. This year, the global diabetes community is telling all of us to “Act Today to Change Tomorrow” by focusing on women and diabetes and their right to a healthier future.

     
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    Diabetes control is more than just knowing your A1C

    08 November 2017

    I’ll never forget my diagnosis with type 2 diabetes. I was 24 years old and my doctor attributed my, then 30-pound weight gain to “hand to mouth syndrome” - a not-so-polite way of saying I ate too much. And, because I had a degree in nutrition, “I should know better.” I was speechless. Humiliated. Ashamed.

    That was ten years ago. Since then, there’s been progress in helping people better understand diabetes as a serious, chronic disease. But, as a national Novo Nordisk survey of people with diabetes, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants shows, a lot of misconceptions, unmet needs, and barriers remain.

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