AHIP Partners with CDC to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in People with Prediabetes

For Immediate Release
October 9, 2012

Contact:
Clare Krusing
(202) 778-8494

Washington, D.C. – America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) today announced it has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) around the country. The National DPP aims to prevent type 2 diabetes in individuals who have prediabetes, a condition of elevated blood sugar that often leads to type 2 diabetes within a few years.

Over the next four years, AHIP will work with four member health plans, Aetna, EmblemHealth, Florida Blue, and Molina Healthcare, to implement the National DPP in Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Texas. The health plans will collect data from the intervention sites, and AHIP will compile the data and report outcomes to the CDC as well as promote the program to health plans and employers. Participation may expand to additional health plans and states in the future.

“Health plans have a long-standing commitment to preventing type 2 diabetes and its related risk factors through innovative and collaborative efforts with community partners,” says Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP.

“National DPP is an evidence-based program that reduces the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. It helps participants make healthy lifestyle changes such as choosing healthier foods and increasing physical activity, and learning strategies for maintaining those changes. AHIP and its member health plans are excited to work with the CDC to implement the National DPP in communities across the country. Our shared goal is to identify successful models for prevention and wellness across the entire health care system.”

CDC estimates that 79 million Americans—35 percent of U.S. adults aged 20 and older—have prediabetes. People with prediabetes have a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. The CDC is working with community-based organizations, insurers, employers, and health care organizations to make the National DPP available across the country. CDC’s role in the National Diabetes Prevention Program also includes helping ensure a trained workforce of lifestyle coaches to lead classes effectively, as well as setting program standards and monitoring performance to recognize successful programs.

Classes offered through the prevention program combine the power of group support with evidence-based curriculum to help people with prediabetes make lasting changes to improve and protect their health.

The program includes lifestyle change classes led by trained coaches that meet for 16 core sessions, as participants focus on losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight and increasing physical activity to 150 minutes each week. After the initial 16 sessions, classes meet monthly for six months.

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

For more information about AHIP and its members’ efforts to promote prevention and wellness, visit

http://www.ahip.org/Our-Value/ 

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