The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) was recently chosen to receive a grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand diabetes prevention programming. An estimated 79 million people in the United States have prediabetes, putting them at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The CDC awarded a total of $6.7 million to six organizations as part of an effort to prevent future cases of Type 2. The AADE (whose members receive a complimentary subscription to Diabetes Self-Management) will work through the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) to “establish a network of organizations offering a structured, evidence-based lifestyle change program.” The funds will be used to train certified diabetes educators to deliver the National DPP curriculum, which helps people to make lifestyle changes, such as choosing healthier foods and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes a week, that lower their risk of developing diabetes. A portion of the grant will also be used to work with insurers and businesses to ensure financial support for classes on lifestyle change and to provide reimbursement for successful programs.
“AADE and its network of diabetes educators are strongly positioned to work collaboratively with CDC to bring the National Diabetes Prevention Program to scale,” noted 2012 AADE President Sandra Burke, PhD, ANP, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE.
To learn more about the National DPP, click here.
This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.