Turning the Tide Against Diabetes and Childhood Obesity
UnitedHealth Group offers a variety of solutions to support childhood obesity and people with diabetes or prediabetes. Solid evidence has shown that early and aggressive intervention can reverse diabetes’ course for people with prediabetes and reduce its devastating impact on people already diagnosed with the disease.
The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance
The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA) is an employer- and community-based initiative aimed at tipping the scales against the epidemic of type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and obesity. The DPCA was launched in April 2010 through a partnership with UnitedHealth Group and the Y of the USA. It has since expanded to include Albertson's, Cub Pharmacy, Kroger, Rite Aid, Safeway, Shop 'n Save and Winn-Dixie.
The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance is anchored by two innovative and integrated programs:
- The Diabetes Prevention Program, a lifestyle coaching program conducted in a group setting through the Y that helps people with prediabetes and who are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes prevent or delay the onset of the disease through healthy eating, increased physical activity and other lifestyle changes. It is a year-long program with 16 weekly sessions and then monthly follow-up. The program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- The Diabetes Control Program, which offers private, one-on-one consultation with pharmacists who provide education and support to help people with diabetes better control their condition and reduce the risk of developing complications from diabetes.
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Diabetes Health Plan
UnitedHealthcare offers a variety of programs to help individuals covered by employer-sponsored insurance better manage their diabetes. The Diabetes Health Plan is a first-of-its-kind program designed specifically to help the rapidly growing number of people with diabetes and prediabetes manage their conditions more effectively, while controlling the escalating costs to employers that insure them.
Going a step beyond traditional wellness programs, the Diabetes Health Plan offers financial rewards for following medically proven preventive steps to help manage diabetes such as having regular blood sugar checks, routine health exams and preventive screenings. The plan reduces or eliminates out-of-pocket expenses for diabetes and prediabetes care, medications and supplies in exchange for participants’ compliance.
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JOIN for ME
About one-third of all American children are obese or overweight, leading to increased health risks, higher health care costs, and decreased parental productivity at work, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States – nearly triple the rate from just 30 years ago – according to the CDC.
JOIN for ME is a 12-month community-based lifestyle improvement program for generally healthy children between the ages of 6 and 17 who are overweight or obese. Children and their families attend a series of 16 weekly, one-hour group classes at local Ys, workplace facilities or other community locations. Participants are introduced to evidence-based tools and strategies, as well as incentives to adopt healthier habits that lead to lifelong healthier weight.
The program was developed by the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization and piloted in partnership with the Y of the USA and the YMCA of Greater Providence, R.I., in 2011 and continues to expand.
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