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HOUSTON — The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance has kicked off its national campaign designed to combat the growing epidemic of Type 2 diabetes.
Not Me — an employer- and community-based initiative launched by the DPCA, a coalition launched last year by the UnitedHealth Group and several other organizations — kicked off in Houston with an event at the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA for healthcare employer groups and healthcare providers, hosted by the Houston Wellness Association.
The event featured Ann Albright, director of the division of diabetes translation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the keynote speaker.
"To help us change the course of diabetes in America, we need health professionals, lay workers, employers and the private sector," Albright said. "Our goal at the CDC is by 2020 for 15 million Americans to improve their long-term health through the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The Y has projected that it can reach about 6 million of these people. So, clearly, we need even more partners to come on board."
Not Me is anchored by the the diabetes prevention program, a 16-session lifestyle intervention that is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention program, and the diabetes control program, connects people with diabetes with patient care pharmacists for private, one-on-one consultations that provide education and support to help people with diabetes better control their condition, as well as reduce the risk of developing complications from diabetes.
Houston is 1-of-6 cities that are participating in the Not Me program. Houston's Not Me program is supported by UnitedHealthcare, the YMCA of Greater Houston and supermarket retailer Kroger.
"Diabetes is taking a devastating toll on the children, families and communities of Houston, but we have a program that is proven to help prevent the disease," said David Milich, CEO of UnitedHealthcare employer and individual of South Texas. "The good news is that Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. It is the small lifestyle decisions we make every day that make the biggest impact. The introduction of DPCA programs provides an opportunity for Houston residents to take control of their own health and tackle this disease."