NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (l) and NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers record segments about lupus and arthritis for NIDDK’s Healthy Moments radio program to air in October.
Every week, more than a million radio listeners hear a familiar voice on a 60-second radio show called Healthy Moments, a series hosted by NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers since 2008. On the show, Rodgers offers clear, concise information about a variety of health topics such as diabetes, digestive diseases, nutritional disorders, obesity, kidney and urologic diseases.
In the spirit of one NIH, Rodgers broadened the scope of the program in 2013 by inviting directors from other NIH institutes, centers and offices to be guests on the show.
“Part of NIH’s mission is to communicate our research findings to the public,” said Rodgers. “Healthy Moments is an example of how NIDDK, in collaboration with other NIH institutes, translates its discoveries into science-based, action-oriented health advice that people can use to make positive changes.”
The guest hosts have given listeners an opportunity to learn about other important NIH health topics, including:
High Blood Pressure—Dr. Gary Gibbons, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and the Flu—Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Women’s Health Research—Dr. Janine Austin Clayton, Office of Research on Women’s Health
Lupus and Arthritis—Dr. Stephen Katz, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Some planned segments include Diabetes and Depression, featuring Dr. Thomas Insel, National Institute of Mental Health, and Complementary Health, featuring Dr. Josie Briggs, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Since the show’s inception, the number of radio listeners has grown to more than 30 million people annually. Many of the stations airing Healthy Moments target an African-American audience; the show focuses on topics tailored to that community but relevant to all.
“Many diseases within the NIAMS mission, including arthritis and lupus, affect African Americans and other minorities disproportionately,” said Katz. “Healthy Moments provides us with a terrific platform to generate awareness about these disabling diseases.”
Episodes are recorded on the NIH campus and air in many regions across the nation. The show is also featured on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Yolanda Adams Morning Show. For information on where and when to catch the show or to listen to archived episodes, visit Healthy Moments on the NIDDK web site.
Healthy Moments is also on Twitter @HealthyMoments and several mobile device-friendly video episodes are available on the NIDDK YouTube channel.
“In just 1 minute, Healthy Moments reaches an audience with important health messages of benefit to them and their families,” said Rodgers. “The show is also a powerful way to remind people about the crucial health research that NIH conducts and funds—and how the work of their government directly improves