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This may come as no surprise if you spend any time at your local grocery store or fast food restaurant, but according to a June 22nd, Time Magazine article, a recent report in JAMA Internal Medicine, 67% of American women are overweight or obese, while 75% of men are of a similar bulk. Now, what would you say is the single biggest health risk factor for employers? How about the primary risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes? As they used to say when you were a kid – “Three guesses and the first two don’t count.”
This epidemic of overweight American workers explains why one-third of Coloradans are considered pre-diabetic, according to the American Diabetes Association. It is also why CBGH advocates for targeted risk reductions strategies in general, and particularly for sponsorship of a Diabetes Prevention Program as a covered benefit.
Developed under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, the DPP is a nationally recognized, evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. The program encourages people to increase physical activity to 150 minutes a week and adopt modest behavior changes that can lead to a 5-7% body weight loss. The DPP can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. It may be the single most effective risk-reduction strategy an employer can put in place.
Under a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment, CBGH can assist public, self-funded employers in implementing a DPP in their workplace. And, we can help employers utilize a tool we’re developing to project the economic impact of doing so. While we can’t actually pay the nominal cost for the program, we can support the development of strategies for employee outreach and communications, benefit design, provider and cost identification, and potential ROI.
If you’re interested, give us a call. We need to talk!