Diabetes Prevention Program
EmblemHealth is offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This prevention program has proven effective in curbing type 2 diabetes in New York City and is part of a national effort to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes. The CDC estimates that national implementation of the prevention program could save $5.7 billion in health care costs and prevent 885,000 cases of type 2 diabetes in the next 25 years.
We are beginning with a pilot program, delivering classes at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Harlem and in Cambria Heights. We are reaching out to qualified members who live or work in these neighborhoods. Our goal is to then expand the program to residents of these neighborhoods and finally throughout New York City.
People have a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes if they are overweight, are age 45 years or older, have a family history of the disease, get little physical activity, developed gestational diabetes while pregnant or are members of certain racial or ethnic groups. Harlem and Cambria Heights were selected because both communities have a large number of Black and Hispanic EmblemHealth members and both populations are at a disproportionately high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
In the program, participants will learn how to make and maintain healthy lifestyle changes — like choosing healthier foods, losing weight and increasing physical activity. Research shows that these steps can cut their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half.