Worksite Coverage of the Diabetes Prevention Program
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a nationally recognized and innovative evidence-based program to help reduce the burden of chronic disease through the exploration of how healthy eating, moderate weight loss and other behavior changes benefit health. Worksites can prevent chronic disease in their employee’s by working with their health insurance company to make sure that the DPP is a covered benefit.
Why the DPP?
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes
Heart disease and stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and lower-limb amputation are all complications associated with diabetes
Total costs and lost work and wages for people diagnosed with diabetes is $245 billion
Direct medical costs for people diagnosed comes to $175 billion, and indirect costs such as disability, loss of productivity, and employee absenteeism total to an additional $70 billion4
Another 86 million Americans are at risk for diabetes, that’s 1 out of every 3 adults
If you are at risk for diabetes, you have prediabetes
You deserve to live happy and healthy. Change is tough, we can help.
This September across Lorain County, residents can get their blood drawn at a low cost and learn their cholesterol, blood glucose, complete blood count, and other health indicators. Public health nurses from Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) will answer questions and provide information during blood draw sessions at community locations throughout Lorain County. All Lorain County adults ages 55 and older are invited.
Lorain County worksites can sign up now to compete this September in the second annual Step it Up Challenge. The Lorain City Port Authority won first place in the 2017 Step it Up Challenge by averaging over 12,000 steps (about 6 miles) per employee per day. An introductory webinar will take place on Aug. 9, 2018 at 8:30 AM to learn more about the Step it Up Challenge.