by Darcy Lewis
November 20, 2017
Making healthy lifestyle changes is hard. Maintaining those healthy lifestyle changes is even harder.
Let’s say you decide to hit the gym before work three days a week or to bring a salad from home every day for lunch. Your motivation will probably be highest right when you decide to make the change. Those first few days might be fairly easy, too. But what happens the first time you oversleep or forget to stock up on greens?
On your own, you might struggle to stay motivated. But with a structured program and a coach in your corner, you can shake off any setbacks and keep moving toward your healthy lifestyle goals.
That’s the idea behind the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a public-private partnership to help prevent type 2 diabetes. Federal agencies, health plans, employers, universities, health departments, health care providers, and national health associations all collaborate to make it easier for people with prediabetes to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health, with the help of affordable, high-quality lifestyle change programs. These programs:
How Health Plans Help
Since the National DPP launched in 2012, AHIP and several of its member health plans have been active participants. These health plans test different approaches to making diabetes prevention programs an important part of their communities.
Here are four ways to reduce type 2 diabetes risk:
These and other health plans see the value that diabetes prevention brings to their members and communities. The stakes may be high; luckily, proven prevention resources are more widely available than ever before.