Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in NYC and its prevalence has more than doubled since 1995. It is estimated that 30% of the population may have pre-diabetes and many do not know it. So among New York City’s employees, as many 100,000 may be pre-diabetic.
The City has launched an exciting new pilot to help bring life-saving behavioral practices to employees at the workplace to prevent the onset of diabetes with the Center for Disease Control’s nationally recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). The NDPP provides employees at risk for diabetes access to life‐changing classes that help with stress and weight management, problem‐solving and motivation. Over the course of a year, a lifestyle coach leads participants with pre‐diabetes through discussions about how to establish healthy routines, weight loss and increasing physical activity.
Program outcomes confirm that with modest weight loss of 7% body weight and a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity combined with other lifestyle changes, at-risk participants can delay or even eliminate their chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.
Currently, NDPP classes are occurring in several agencies across the city. If you are interested in participating in a class, please contact Sakara Bey, Culture of Health Program Manager, at email@example.com.
A diagnosis of diabetes is not a sentence for ill health. With nearly 30 million children and adults diagnosed with the disease, there is a great deal of information and support available to lead a healthy, active lifestyle and minimize the risk of developing related complications. Following a healthy eating plan, increasing physical activity, taking medication as prescribed and testing your blood sugar regularly is a great start.
To support you in your journey, EmblemHealth has launched an exciting case management program that is designed to give you the tools, information and support needed to develop healthy lifestyle habits through coordinated care and service delivery. Nurse case managers and social workers partner with you and your doctor to make sure you are getting the best care possible in managing your Type I, Type II or gestational diabetes. For more information about this program, please call 1-800-447-0768, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm or visit the EmblemHealth website.
This program is only open to NYC employees covered by EmblemHealth.