Tuesday, February 12, 2013

First-Ever Type 2 Diabetes Guidelines Issued for Children

With an unacceptable number of children who are overweight and obese in this country, the number of children with Type 2 has increased. Up to a third of diabetes being diagnosed in kids is Type 2, the type of diabetes that usually presents later in life. This has necessitated the first-ever pediatric guidelines for type 2 diabetes (age 10-18 years old) from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

How do we stop this diabetes epidemic? Prevention is key. Through the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention (ECOP) initiatives and the Obesity Integration Project (OIP), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Prevention Services Division is working with stakeholders to prevent obesity, and consequently diabetes, in Colorado citizens throughout their lifespan.

“PSD’s early childhood obesity prevention efforts represent earlier than ever interventions that span multiple sectors and life course periods. Preventing overweight and obesity before it begins is one of our most promising approaches to reduce the incidence of chronic disease”, said Tracy Miller, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Specialist.

Colorado’s state and local early childhood obesity prevention (ECOP) initiatives include the following:

Early Care and Education
  • Coaching for child care providers regarding physical play, healthy eating, responsive feeding, sleep, and reduced screen time in childcare settings.
  • Supporting childcare providers in preparing healthier foods, providing more opportunities for developmentally appropriate active play during the day, and implementing breastfeeding-friendly practices.
Health Care Systems:
  • Provide ECOP professional development for healthcare professionals, including ECOP messaging.
  • Increase the number of “Baby Friendly Hospitals” in Colorado that implement maternal and infant care practices that support breastfeeding. 
Public Health Programs:
  • Enhance ECOP practices in WIC.
  • Develop and disseminate statewide consistent ECOP messaging.
  • Provide coaching for employers to implement policies and practices to accommodate breastfeeding and promote healthy weight. 
  • Improve access to healthy food choices through community food resources.
  • Increase opportunities for community physical activity, nutrition education, and social support. 
This emphasis on prevention can also be seen in Colorado’s efforts to roll out the Diabetes Prevention Program (one of the OIP initiatives) for adults age 18 and older. This evidenced-based program has been shown to greatly reduce participants risks of developing type 2 diabetes through healthier eating and active living. To determine whether you or the clients you serve are eligible for this program or to find a program near you in Colorado please call 1-800-DIABETES or the YMCA of Metro Denver at 720-524-2747.

For more information about ECOP, visit HERE or contact Tracy Miller
For more information about OIP, contact Andrea Wagner

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