posted by Dr. Tony Dodek, Chief Medical Officer, AllWays Health Partners
on February 4, 2020
With each new year comes new goals and resolutions. Many of us resolve to eat healthier, exercise more, and break bad habits. At AllWays Health Partners, we’re in a unique position to help our members care for themselves as part of one of the nation’s premiere health care systems, Partners HealthCare.
Working together, we’re excited to offer a new program that was developed by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to help our members make healthy lifestyle changes and prevent or delay the onset of a common health issue – diabetes.
The program, called Path to Lifestyle Change, is designed for people at-risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It focuses on prevention, giving access to personalized sessions with MGH Registered Dietician Lifestyle Coaches, as well as educational opportunities to learn about nutrition, physical activity, and behavioral strategies they need to make life-long changes.
The goal is to help at-risk patients reduce their weight by 7% and increase their minimum time spent exercising to 150 minutes per week. In a clinical trial, participants reduced their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%, showing the effectiveness of this approach
As a health insurance provider dedicated to putting people first, we realize that the need for education about the health risks of diabetes is widespread. Across the country, there is a growing trend of people who are at-risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 30 million Americans have diabetes – and 1 in 4 people are unaware that they have it. That’s why we’re proud to partner with MGH to offer this proven lifestyle program that will positively impact the health of our members.
For more on this innovative program, I encourage you to read our press release.