Always use the abbreviations for the following:
AADE: American Association of Diabetes Educators
ADA: American Diabetes Association
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
FDA: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
USDA: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Order as follows:
1. Academic degrees (use periods) in descending order:
M.D. Doctor of Medicine
D.O. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
D.P.M. Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
D.M.D. Doctor of Dental Medicine
D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery
Pharm.D. Doctor of Pharmacy
Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy
M.M.Sc. Master of Medical Science
M.S. Master of Science
M.P.H. Master of Public Health
M.S.Ed. Master of Science in Education
M.S.W. Master of Social Work
2. Certifications (no periods) in descending order:
RPh Registered Pharmacist
NP Nurse Practitioner
CNP Certified Nurse Practitioner
RN Registered Nurse
RDN Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
RD Registered Dietitian
LDN Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
LD Licensed Dietitian
CDN Certified Diabetes Nutritionist
CDCES Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (formerly CDE: Certified Diabetes Educator) (updated 7/31/20)
CSCS Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
3. Fellows (alphabetical):
FACC Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
FACSM Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
FAHA Fellow of the American Heart Association
FAND Fellow of the American Dietetic Association
5. Place of work
6. Location of workplace (if necessary)
EX. Alison Evert, M.S., RD, CDE, coordinator of diabetes education programs at the University of Washington Medical Center Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center in Seattle.
Always refer to individuals (PWDs and professionals) by their last names after first reference.
The first mention in text, captions, and sidebars should identify individuals and professionals with their first and last names.
In general, don’t use last names for minors; last names may be implied, however, if children are part of a family featured in a story. If using a minor’s last name is important to a story (a 14-year-old who is the focus of a story, for example), verify that the minor’s guardians have signed the proper release form(s).
List sources at the end of a story either as a list with bullets or on one line with names divided by semicolons.
EXCEPTION: Always use parentheses to set off internal directionals.
carbohydrate, carb, carb., carbs
Blood sugar and blood glucose may be used interchangeably.
“Cook until thick and bubbly.”
diabetes-friendly (preferred over diabetic-friendly)
Always specify volume of bottle even if it is the standard 750-ml bottle.
“Heat over medium”/“cook over medium,” not heat over medium heat.
In digital copy, in a sentence: XX grams of carb (no period)
LADA: Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults
mg/dl (not dL)
No ingredient, such as salt and pepper, may be labeled “to taste.” All ingredients, except for optional ingredients, should be given amounts to reflect accurate nutritionals. Optional ingredients are not included in nutritionals.
PWD: person with diabetes (singular); PWDs (plural)
Slow cooker method:
Cover and cook on low 9 hours or high 41⁄2 hours. If slow cooker is on low, turn to high. Add sweet peppers. Cover and cook 30 minutes more.
Use % (percent symbol) in all Department stories; spell percent in feature stories and recipe method.
Size of pan: It is important to leave size of pan for skillets, etc. No longer calling for an extra-large or large skillets. DL will call for inches.
Skillet sizes: Small = 6 inches, medium = 8 inches, large = 10 inches, extra-large = 12 inches
See also Common Baking Pan Sizes.
Round up prices to the nearest dollar. (List a $25.97 product as $26.)
Refer to products in the following order:
Brand and product name, price; website
EX. Impact by Jillian Michaels Women’s Pulse Hoodie, $23; kmart.com
For sidebar copy:
EX. We love this Bentgo All-in-One Stackable Bento Lunch Box that comes with two large, divided compartments for easy portion control. $15; bentgo.com
DL will give hands on time and total time.
Minutes and hours will be abbreviated. DL will omit total time if it is a slow cooker recipe.
Total time appears as: Total 30 min.
Hands On 15 min.
Slow Cook 6 hr. 30 min Do not note (low) or (high). Time should be the longest amount of time it takes to slow cook. In the above example, you can cook on low 6 hours or high 3 hours. Later in the recipe you turn slow cooker to high and cook additional 30 minutes.
See: World Wide Web
See also Health: Drugs and Vitamins.