|[November 09, 2012]
CDC Awards Grant to Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to Expand National Program to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
MINNETONKA, Minn. --(Business Wire)--
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded
UnitedHealth Group's Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA) a
grant to expand the reach of the DPCA's Diabetes Prevention Program.
The DPCA is a community-based initiative aimed at tackling the epidemic
of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. The DPCA will expand the CDC-led
National Diabetes Prevention Program in Colorado, Tennessee and
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an innovative lifestyle
coaching program. It is conducted in a group setting through community
organizations that helps people with prediabetes and who are at high
risk for developing type 2 diabetes make healthy lifestyle changes and
reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent.
These changes include healthy eating, increased physical activity and
other lifestyle choices. The program is modeled after the Diabetes
Prevention Program, a research study led by the National Institutes of
Health and supported by the CDC.
The DPCA currently offers the National Diabetes Prevention Program
through local YMCAs and community health centers in 73 markets in 31
The grant is being awarded through the 2012 Prevention and Public Health
Fund cooperative agreement, which is part of a national effort to reduce
chronic disease including the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes.
CDC awarded $6.7 million to six organizations, including the DPCA, to
expand the reach of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
"Diabetes is taking a devastating toll on the health and financial
resources of our country," said Deneen Vojta, M.D., senior vice
president of UnitedHealth Group and chief clinical officer of the DPCA.
"The CDC's grant enables us to help more people prevent type 2 diabetes
and its deadly complications and empower them to take control of their
There are nearly 26 million American adults with diabetes - 90 percent
or more of them with the often preventable form, type 2 diabetes.
Another 79 million Americans - more than a third of the adult population
- have prediabetes, a condition of elevated bloo sugar that often leads
to type 2 diabetes within a few years.
It is expected that diabetes will cost the country about $226 billion
this year, accounting for an estimated 10 percent of total health care
spending, and will grow to $512 billion annually by 2021.
If current trends continue, more than half of all Americans will have
diabetes or prediabetes by 2020, according to an analysis from the
UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization.
CDC funds will be used to:
support intervention costs, participant and community outreach, and
staffing, including recruiting and training nearly 40 lifestyle
coaches to lead classes and supplement coaches already trained in the
National Diabetes Prevention Program, to support enrollment at new
add an estimated 13 new organizations to host Diabetes Prevention
Program classes, including Federally Qualified Health Centers working
with Medicaid beneficiaries in Tennessee;
build partnerships with businesses and insurers to provide long-term
financial support for National Diabetes Prevention Program classes as
a covered health benefit for employees and their families, and to
establish reimbursement criteria that rewards successful programs;
advise and assist organizations in following CDC evidence-based
standards for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. These
standards ensure program participants have the best chance for success
making lifestyle changes regardless of where they participate in the
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research led by the
National Institutes of Health and supported by CDC, which showed that
people with prediabetes could reduce their risk of developing type 2
diabetes by making modest lifestyle changes that resulted in a 5- to
7-percent weight loss (about 10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person). Those
changes included choosing healthier foods and increasing physical
activity to at least 150 minutes a week.
was launched in April 2010 through a partnership with UnitedHealth
Group, the YMCA
and retail pharmacies. The two core programs, Diabetes Prevention
Program and the Diabetes Control Program, are available at no
out-of-pocket cost to participants enrolled in employer-provided health
insurance plans in select markets through UnitedHealthcare
The Alliance is expanding with new partners and entering new markets
About UnitedHealth Group
Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company
dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care
work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group
offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct
platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and
benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and
technology-enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth
Group serves more than 75 million people worldwide. For more information
visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com.
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