CentraState Healthcare System is proud to announce that it has earned full recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). CentraState is the first organization in New Jersey to achieve this distinction.
In order to acquire full recognition, DPP providers must meet rigorous standards. These include approval of an organization’s curriculum; a minimum percentage of participants entering the program with a qualifying blood test; a minimum level of participant engagement; and the achievement of average participant weight loss in accordance with CDC standards.
CentraState’s Diabetes Prevention Program offers individuals meeting CDC guidelines for being pre-diabetic the support of health coaches to work toward modest lifestyle changes to help reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half. The program consists of 26 sessions over a 12 month period that provide practical tips regarding long-term dietary change, increased physical activity, on-going support for weight loss, and stress management.
“The invaluable dedication and hard work of the many CentraState health coaches, health educators and community health workers over the last two years has made this CDC designation possible,” says Kim Simers, assistant vice president, Innovative Health, CentraState Healthcare System. “We genuinely care about the success of each person and we help foster relationships within the group so they feel connected to others who share in some common goals. We look forward to continuing our efforts in forming new classes and ways to deliver this evidence-based, successful program to those patients most at risk for developing type 2 diabetes in our communities.”
In addition, CentraState last month received a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health to deliver the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program to the adult (18 years or older), uninsured community in Freehold Borough from November 2018 through June 2019 to help reduce health disparities.