Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Public - private partnership aims to prevent diabetes

Centura Health and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have joined together in a new partnership to support diabetes prevention, education and management in Colorado. There are 410,312 Coloradans living with diabetes; an additional 1.3 million more have prediabetes and are at risk of developing the disease. The partnership is focused on providing education and outreach based on areas of the state with the highest incidence as well as creating greater access to education and preventive resources for those at risk.

Through the Wellness Lives Here initiative, Centura Health and the ADA are tailoring outreach to employers based on the rising costs of diabetes in the workplace. In the United States, diabetes and prediabetes costs an estimated $322 billion per year, with 1 in 5 health care dollars spent on caring for people with diabetes. Along with this program, the ADA and Centura Health will focus on upcoming initiatives and events, including American Diabetes Month, designed to encourage healthy habits to reduce the impact of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Physicians and health care providers in Colorado Health Neighborhoods (CHN), part of the Centura Health network, are in the early stages of integrating ADA materials, programs and classes from the Diabetes Prevention Program to the Diabetes Self-Management Education program to support and empower consumers.

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