“We welcome the chance to partner again with CDC"
John Robitscher, CEO NACDD
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) received an award on October 1, 2012 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to offer an effective program to prevent type 2 diabetes.
This 2012 Prevention and Public Health Fund cooperative agreement is part of a national effort to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes through the National Diabetes Prevention Program. CDC awarded $6.7 million to six organizations to bring the National Diabetes Prevention Program to more communities.
Classes offered through the National Diabetes Prevention Program help participants learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes that can reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. Those changes include losing a moderate amount of weight and increasing physical activity.
“Type 2 diabetes is a serious problem across our nation,” said John Robitscher, CEO of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. “We welcome the chance to partner again with CDC and bring an effective program to prevent type 2 and help make lasting changes to protect health of Americans.”
CDC estimates 79 million have prediabetes, a condition of elevated blood sugar that often leads to type 2 diabetes within a few years.
With this funding, NACDD will be able to expand the program so that it is offered in more communities across the United States. The funds also will be used for the following:
- To recruit and train lifestyle coaches to lead classes;
- To build alliances with businesses and insurers to provide long-term financial support for lifestyle change classes as a covered health benefit for employees, and to establish reimbursement criteria that rewards successful programs;
- Organizations will follow CDC research-based standards for lifestyle change programs. These standards ensure program participants have the best chance for success making lifestyle changes regardless of where they participate in the lifestyle change program.
CDC leads the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which offers communities an evidence-based lifestyle change program to prevent type 2 diabetes. The program is geared to those at high risk of type 2 diabetes. People have a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes if they are overweight, age 45 years or older, have a family history of the disease, get little physical activity, developed gestational diabetes while pregnant, or are members of certain racial/ethnic groups, including African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
The program is based on a research study led by the National Institutes of Health and supported by CDC, which showed that people with prediabetes could reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by making modest lifestyle changes that resulted in a 5 to 7 percent weight loss (about 10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person). Those changes included choosing healthier foods and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes a week. CDC estimates that national implementation of the prevention program could save $5.7 billion in health care costs and prevent 885,000 cases of type 2 diabetes in the next 25 years.
For more information about the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, visit http://www.chronicdisease.org