Lifestyle Change Program Uses Community Coaches and Peer Support to Increase Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
January 31, 2019 – SAN DIEGO, Calif., Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) is implementing the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), which is designed to make it easier for people with prediabetes to participate in high-quality, evidence-based lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health. Participants in the year-long program, which uses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Prevent T2 curriculum, work with lifestyle coaches and share their experiences with a peer group striving to make healthy lifestyle changes.
“Type 2 diabetes is currently estimated at 7.7% in San Diego County. Our lifestyle change program represents a commitment to provide culturally competent and community-tested programming to prevent the development of this dangerous and costly chronic disease for those most at-risk,” said FHCSD’s CEO Fran Butler-Cohen, a San Diego-based Federally Qualified Health Center established in 1970.
“This January, we launched our program to demonstrate how a structured intervention with lifestyle coaching as its centerpiece can help our community address prediabetes and prevent progression to Type 2 diabetes. We plan to provide this free program for up to 250 community members with prediabetes this year,” added Butler-Cohen.
About 38% of Hispanic adults in the United States are prediabetic, representing more than 13 million people. Delaying or preventing diabetes in these individuals represents a critical public health challenge, as well as an opportunity to reduce the costs of health care and lower the projected incidence of diabetes-related disability in America.
“We are thrilled with the launch of this critical initiative, through a partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, to help more Hispanic men and women address this health challenge. Training cohorts are organized in Spanish and English and offered on a rolling basis,” concluded Butler-Cohen.
About Family Health Centers of San Diego
Family Health Centers of San Diego has been an integral part of San Diego County’s health care safety net for nearly five decades and is proud to be one of the largest, private, nonprofit networks of community clinics in the nation. FHCSD’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. More information is available at www.fhcsd.org.