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New BestHealth Program Designed to Stop Diabetes Before It Starts

Starting next week, Baptist team members at risk for developing diabetes can get the help they need through a new BestHealth initiative—the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). BestHealth wellbeing specialist Shalonda Tucker explains what the program is and how it will help team members.

  1. What is the DPP and how can it help Baptist team members?

DPP is a scientific-based program through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of the program is to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes through affordable and high-quality lifestyle changes. DPP will help Baptist team members by introducing new habits that will lower their risk for type 2 diabetes. Program participants who are on Baptist’s health insurance plan can receive the gift cards they didn’t earn for body mass index (BMI), glucose, and blood pressure.

  1. Why is it important for people at risk for diabetes to change their behavior?

People with prediabetes are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Diabetes is expensive! Medical expenses for people diagnosed with diabetes average $16,750 a year. The good news: the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program’s lifestyle change program can help people with prediabetes prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems and improve their overall health. It’s scientifically proven, and it works.

  1. What will participants do during the class?

During the program, participants will be engaged, learn new skills, share ideas, celebrate successes and work to overcome obstacles.

  1. How long does the class last?

The program runs for 1 year.

  • During the first 6 months of the program, participants meet about once a week.
  • During the second 6 months, they will meet once or twice a month.
  1. Who is eligible to attend the class?

To be eligible for referral to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program, patients must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old and
  • Be overweight (body mass index  above 25 or above 23 if Asian) and
  • Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and
  • Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%–6.4% or
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
    • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL or
  • Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes

To sign up for a DPP class:

  • Log in to HealthStream
  • Click on the “Catalog” tab
  • In the search bar, type in “BestHealth” (one word, not two)
  • Locate “BMH BestHealth Diabetes Prevention Program” and click on the “Info” button
  • Click on the “Choose Class” button
  • Find the location, date and time you would like to attend and click on the green “Register” button