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.
Everyone knows someone with high blood pressure, but how many of us actually know what blood pressure is? Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the artery (big blood vessel) walls as the heart beats. It’s normal for blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day, but if it stays consistently high for a long time, it can damage the heart.
Social connectedness is strongly linked to a person's overall health. To better connect older adults to the community, Lorain County Public Health has launched the Buddy Connect Program. The program pairs volunteers* with people who are 55+ -- participants receive two phone calls per month from their buddy volunteer. Once a month home visits are also available.