Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a Covered Benefit for State Employees

Estimates show that one in three Coloradans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes within six years. Prediabetes does not have to lead to type 2 diabetes, and the State of Colorado has made a decision to encourage wellness and help employees reduce their risk.

On September 1, 2013, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) became a covered benefit for state employees who have either UnitedHealthcare or Kaiser Permanente. “By promoting prevention and wellness, we are helping our state employees stay healthy or become healthier,” said Nate Sassano, Statewide Wellness Coordinator.

The Diabetes Prevention Program, now being offered at worksites and community-based organizations across Colorado, has been shown to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Taught by trained lifestyle coaches, this 16-week program helps people lose weight and increase activity through weekly sessions that focus on how to read food labels, how to develop and maintain a healthy diet, and how to deal with stress without overeating.

To learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program and where programs are located throughout Colorado, please go here or call 1-800-DIABETES.

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