Building a Business Case for Including Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program as a Covered Benefit
In 2014, The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Health Care Coalition (FLHCC) partnered together to develop, implement, and evaluate a project to increase inclusion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program as a covered benefit for employees in the State of Florida.
Diabetes and prediabetes are serious health problems that adversely affect our state's economy and workforce. By offering and incentivizing employees to participate in a Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program, employers prevent or delay diabetes and the co-morbid conditions and health care costs associated with it.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) was a major clinical research study led by the CDC. The DPP proved that weight loss of 5-7% through dietary changes and increased physical activity could prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people with or at risk for prediabetes. Participants who lost a modest amount of weight through dietary changes and increased physical activity sharply reduced their chances of developing diabetes.
The Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program (DPLCP) is a 16-week program for people with prediabetes (NIH). Trained lifestyle coaches assist participants in reaching their goal of losing 5 to 7 percent of their weight and reducing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program