Category Archives: diabetes

How to Combat Childhood Obesity: A Detailed Guide for Parents, Children and Health Practitioners

By Bradley University’s Online Master of Science in Nursing program. This story was originally posted on Bradly University’s website.

In the early 1970s, approximately 6.1 percent of children ages 12-19 in the United States were obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By 2011-2012, that figure had more than tripled to 20.5 percent.

This is problematic, considering that not only has the number of children with obesity risen in the country, but more kids are at risk of facing bullying, lower self-esteem and chronic health problems because of their condition. Additionally, children with obesity are more likely to continue to be obese as adults, the CDC reports, making them more susceptible to serious health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer. Continue reading

CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership Announces New Opportunity to Develop Effective Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity

The CHOICES Project at the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will be accepting applications beginning on August 1 for state and local health agencies to apply to participate in the CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership (LCP).

Over the past four years, the CHOICES team has fostered Learning Collaborative Partnerships with 15 state and local health agencies throughout the United States, with Philadelphia, Denver, San Antonio, Salt Lake County, Allegheny County, Detroit, and Houston taking part. The CHOICES LCP presents an opportunity for health agencies representing populations of 500,000 or more to receive funding, training, technical assistance, and locally tailored data to help decision-makers understand and use data on health and cost impact to identify best value for money strategies to prevent childhood obesity. Continue reading

American Diabetes Month: Local Health Departments Work to Mitigate the Burden of Diabetes Across the Nation

By Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, NACCHO President and Executive Director of Harris County Public Health in Houston

Today, over 30 million people in the United States live with diabetes—the seventh leading cause of death in the nation.1 Every day, local health departments (LHDs) work with community partners including schools, city planners, businesses, and restaurants to educate the public about diabetes and develop programs and policies to aid prevention, screening, and management.

November is American Diabetes Month, a time for the nation’s LHDs and other healthcare organizations to bring awareness to their efforts in preventing, screening, and managing diabetes. Continue reading

American Diabetes Month: The Important Role of Local Health Departments

By Dr. Swannie Jett, NACCHO President and Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County

Diabetes is a growing burden in the United States, affecting the health and quality of life of millions of Americans. Local health departments (LHDs) across the country work with their communities to raise awareness about diabetes and its risk factors and to develop programs and policies that support diabetes prevention and control. Continue reading

Three Steps to Help Local Health Departments Prevent New Cases of Diabetes

By Camillia Easley, MPH, Program Analyst, Healthy Communities/Chronic Disease, NACCHO, and Brandie Adams-Piphus, MPH, Senior Program Analyst, NACCHO

March 24 is Diabetes Alert Day, an opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) to raise awareness about diabetes prevention. Nearly 29 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and nearly 86 million American adults have prediabetes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year, community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with pre-diabetes. Continue reading

LHDs and the YMCA: Partnering to Prevent Diabetes

19175322 elderly woman exercisingBy Iris Tiongco, Program Associate, NACCHO

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, received the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Health Care Innovation Award. As an award recipient, Y-USA will undertake a three-year project to deliver its Diabetes Prevention Program at a cost savings to the Medicare program. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month lifestyle behavior intervention with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance sessions. NACCHO supports the program by facilitating activities and communication between local health departments (LHDs) and Y-USA.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program targets individuals with prediabetes, a condition marked by higher than normal blood glucose or hemoglobin A1c levels but where levels are not high enough to be considered diabetes. Participants in the program must be age 60 or older, overweight, diagnosed with prediabetes, and be a Medicare parts A or B beneficiary.

The Role of LHDs
LHDs can be active stakeholders in preventing the onset of prediabetes by doing the following:

  • Raising awareness of prediabetes and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program;
  • Motivating Medicare beneficiaries to get tested for prediabetes and then enroll and complete the program if they qualify;
  • Promoting the effectiveness of the program to healthcare providers and other community stakeholders; and
  • Encouraging healthcare providers to refer Medicare beneficiaries to the program.

Projected Impact
Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes among seniors age 60 and older by as much as 71 percent.* In addition, this project aims to decrease Medicare costs by delivering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to 10,000 Medicare enrollees. The savings are estimated to total $4.2 million over three years and $53 million over six years.*

For more information about the program and to see a list of LHDs participating, read NACCHO’s fact sheet NACCHO Supports the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

* The YMCA. (2012, November). CMMI Project Partners 1st In-Person Meeting: Prepare for Launch! Powerpoint presentation at the 1st In-Person Meeting for CMMI Project Partners, Chicago, IL.