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Free Education Materials for Patients & Professionals

Each year, the Texas Diabetes Council stocks free diabetes education materials available by request through the Texas Department of State Health Services warehouse.


In order to continue this valuable service, please order quantities that you know you will be using in one-on-one patient education or for your own learning purposes. The Texas Diabetes Council wants everyone who can benefit from these materials to receive copies; however, many, such as “Taking Charge of Your Health,” should not be distributed in large quantities at health fairs and other events targeting the general public. Simple, less expensive brochures, such as “Could You Have Diabetes?” are more suitable for general diabetes awareness.

Texas Diabetes Council Literature Catalog

Download the Texas Diabetes Council Literature Catalog (PDF, 806 KB). This PDF file contains a listing of diabetes literature with catalog numbers and maximum order amounts. Titles can be previewed below.


(Note: Catalog numbers followed by the letter “A” indicate Spanish-language versions. Be sure to request English or Spanish versions through use of the correct catalog number and by writing “Spanish” or “English” after the title of the item ordered.)

Taking Charge of Your Health: Controlling Diabetes One Day at a Time

Catalog #10-21 and 10-21A

Taking Charge of Your Health: Controlling Diabetes One Day at a Time

Provides an introduction to diabetes topics such as medications, low blood sugar, heart health, foot care, eye care, family support and kidney disease. Contains charts for patient goals, and food and medicine records, as well as checklists for diabetes management.

Intended Use:

Teaching tool for use with low-literacy diabetes patients. Intended for reference during one-on-one patient education with a diabetes educator and as a reminder for the patient of management goals discussed during education sessions.

Download English (PDF, 602 kb) Download Spanish (PDF, 466 kb)

Food for Life-Living Well with Diabetes

Catalog #10-24 and 10-24A

Food for Life-Living Well with Diabetes

20-page booklet for meal planning with patients who have diabetes. Using a modified food guide pyramid, “Food for Life” provides serving sizes for popular items from each food group, food preparation and healthy eating tips, and a food diary.

Intended Use:

One-on-one patient education with a nutritionist or diabetes educator.

Download English (PDF, 1.2 MB)  Download Spanish (PDF, 847 kb)

Getting the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease

Catalog #10-41 and 10-41A

Getting the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease

Brochure describing diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma and ways to prevent vision loss.

Download English (PDF, 335 kb)  Download Spanish (PDF, 338 kb)

Give Your Child a Healthy Headstart

Catalog #10-22 and 10-22A

Give Your Child a Healthy Headstart

Healthy eating and exercise tips for parents aimed at preventing childhood obesity.

Download English (PDF, 4.1 MB)  Download Spanish (PDF, 3.8 MB)

Could You Have Diabetes?

Catalog #10-27 and 10-27A

Could You Have Diabetes?

Details risk factors and symptoms of diabetes to assist reader in determining if he or she is at risk for diabetes.

Intended Use:

To be displayed in physicians’ offices, pharmacies, health fairs and other locations where people are seeking health information

Download English (PDF, 74 kb)  Download Spanish (PDF, 93 kb)

Living with Diabetes

Catalog #10-28 and 10-28A

Living with Diabetes

Assists the patient in keeping track of doctor visits, lab tests/results, and serves as a checklist for their diabetes management plan.

Intended Use:

To be used by the patient to prepare for doctor visits and serves as a patient/physician discussion guide during the visit.

Download English (PDF, 145 kb)  Download Spanish (PDF, 145 kb)

Gestational Diabetes: My Pregnancy, My Baby, and Me

Catalog #13-209 and 13-209A

Gestational Diabetes: My Pregnancy, My Baby, and Me

A booklet to help pregnant women understand this type of diabetes.

Download English (PDF, 1.2 MB)  Download Spanish (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Gestational Diabetes: Eating for Your Baby’s Health

Catalog #13-210 and 13-210A

Gestational Diabetes: Eating for Your Baby’s Health

Nutrition information for pregnant women with gestational diabetes.

Download English (PDF, 1.2 MB)  Download Spanish (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Catalog #10-25 and 10-25A

Diabetes Health Record (Diabetes Card)

Simple, wallet-size card containing a medical record for recording dates and results of routine exams and procedures for patients with diabetes. Reverse side contains checklists for patients to follow in managing their diabetes.

Intended Use:

Reminder for patients and physicians of laboratory values, exams, and education that each person with diabetes should be receiving on an ongoing basis. Size: 3.5″ X 2.25″

Download English (PDF, 555 kb)       Download Spanish (PDF, 562 kb)

Catalog #10-26 and 10-26A

Foot Poster

Colorful drawing of feet with the message “If You Have Diabetes, Take Off Your Shoes and Socks”


Intended Use:

To be posted in physicians’ offices and other locations where persons with diabetes may have their feet examined. Size: 11″ x 17″


Order Form for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Medical Nutrition Therapy

This form was created to capture all information required for successful patient referral. The back of the form has helpful information about DSME, including an algorithm describing when patients should be referred for additional services.

Intended Use:

This form is a guide for use by primary care physicians or specialists to refer patients with diabetes to DSME. The completed form should be faxed to the diabetes educator.

Download English (PDF, 325 kb)


DSME Patient Flyer

This flyer describes how diabetes educators can help patients manage their diabetes with customized advice and guidance. It explains the specific benefits of diabetes self-management education (DSME) and encourages patients to follow through with their referral.

Intended Use:
This flyer should be given to patients when they are referred for DSME.

Download English (PDF, 161 kb)  Download Spanish (PDF, 161 kb)


Empowerment is Strong Medicine Poster

Motivational poster provides a positive message about diabetes self-management education and encourages patients to talk with their doctor about it.

Intended Use:

To be displayed in the physicians’ reception area or exam rooms in conjunction with the companion card shown below. Poster can also be used at health fairs or other locations where people seek health information.

Download English (PDF, 4 MB)  Download Spanish (PDF, 4 MB)


Empowerment is Strong Medicine Card

This companion card lists specific benefits of diabetes self-management education and promotes doctor-patient dialogue.

Intended Use:
To be displayed either separately or in conjunction with the poster and distributed to patients or others seeking health information.

Download English (PDF, 1.3 MB)   Download Spanish (PDF, 1.6 MB)

TMF Health Quality Institute Patient Handouts

Not available for order through the Health and Human Services Warehouse.  Download and print copies as needed using files below.

Patient Handouts in English and Spanish developed by the TMF Health Quality Institute

Intended Use: Diabetes Self-Mangement Education Viewing Information

Ordering Instructions

1. Order online using the HHSC Forms and Print Product Catalog

If you do not have internet access or are having difficulty ordering online, submit a request in writing (below).

2. Submit a request in writing using a Texas Department of State Health Services Form No. AG-30 (see page 2 of literature catalog) to the Health and Human Services Warehouse. Written requests must contain the following information:

  • Requestor’s Name
  • Shipping Address (For larger orders, please provide a street address, NOT a post office box.)
  • Organization, Affiliation or Professional Status (If applicable)
  • Catalog number(s) and title(s) of items requested
  • Quantity (Most items limited to a maximum of 100 copies per order)
  • Date requested

Requests Should Be Made To:

HHSA Cons. Warehouse Admin Support

12300 Technology Blvd.

Warehouse Facility (MC 6694)

Austin, Texas 78727

Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.