National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Selects Eight States to Fight Diabetes

National public health organizations funds eight high-potential states to battle the diabetes epidemic.

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79 million Americans are pre-diabetic

“Type 2 diabetes has become an epidemic in America,” — John W. Robitscher, CEO of NACDD

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 23, 2013

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has selected eight states to receive individual grants of $134,380 each, to fight the spread of adult onset diabetes known as Type 2 Diabetes.

NACDD received a grant from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work with states that are well-positioned to help pre-diabetic individuals, participate in lifestyle change programs such as the National Diabetes Prevention Program and others.

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 5-7% of one’s body weight and increasing physical activity.
The states selected to receive the grants are: Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Washington and West Virginia. Each state will have until December 31, 2013 to complete its project work.

“Type 2 diabetes has become an epidemic in America,” said John Robitscher, CEO of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. “We appreciate the opportunity that CDC has provided us to identify well positioned states that can make a difference in slowing the incidence of this disease.”

CDC estimates 79 million people in America have pre-diabetes, a condition of elevated blood sugar that often leads to type 2 diabetes within a few years. It also projects national efforts to prevent Type 2 diabetes could save $5.7 billion in health care costs and prevent 885,000 cases of type 2 diabetes in the next 25 years.

NACDD will provide training to the grantees with the help of the National Business Coalition on Health and the Directors of Health Promotion Education. “This is an extremely important opportunity for states to demonstrate how they can play a part in supporting increased use of lifestyle change programs,” said, Senior Diabetes Consultant for NACDD, Marti Macchi, who will oversee the grant program.

For more information about the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, visit http://www.chronicdisease.org

For more information about the National Diabetes Prevention Program, visit http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.