Atlanta residents are among the first in the United States to have
access to Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance community-based
programs that use proven approaches to help prevent and control diabetes.
The two Alliance programs available at no cost to participants are:
The Diabetes Prevention Program with the Y helps people with
prediabetes and who are at high risk for diabetes prevent the
disease through healthy eating, increased physical activity and other
The Diabetes Control Program with Walgreens provides education and
support from trained pharmacists and nurse practitioners to help
people with diabetes better control their condition and reduce the
risk of developing complications from diabetes, such as nerve, kidney
and eye disease.
The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance was launched in 2010 by
founding partners UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), Walgreens (NYSE,
NASDAQ: WAG), the Y and others.
Diabetes cost the country an estimated $194 billion in 2010. More than
50 percent of Americans could have diabetes or prediabetes by 2020 if
current trends continue, according to an analysis from the UnitedHealth
Center for Health Reform & Modernization, which predicts diabetes and
prediabetes will account for an estimated 10 percent of total health
care spending by the end of the decade at an annual cost of almost $500
In Georgia nearly 10 percent of the adult population has diabetes,
including about 354,000 people who are unaware of their condition,
according to the Georgia Department of Community Health. Diabetes costs
the state an estimated $5.1 billion annually, according to Department
estimates from 2006, the latest year for which data are available.
?Diabetes is taking a devastating toll on our children, our families and
our communities in Atlanta, but we have a program that is proven to help
prevent the disease,? said Catherine Palmier, M.D., chief medical
director for UnitedHealthcare's southeast region. ?Diabetes is largely
preventable it is the small lifestyle decisions we make every day that
make the biggest impact. These programs provide an opportunity for
people in Atlanta to take control of their own health and tackle this
Delta Air Lines is one of the Alliance's first customers in the area to
offer the programs to its employees.
?Delta Air Lines is committed to helping our employees live healthy
lives, and we are intensifying that effort by making the Diabetes
Prevention and Control Alliance programs available to our employees and
their dependents,? said Lynn Zonakis, Delta's managing director of
Health Strategy and Resources. ?Through the DPCA and other programs, our
25,000 Atlanta-based employees are able to take better control of their
health and learn healthy behaviors that help them lead more productive
lives now and into the future.?
There is substantial evidence that supports early and aggressive
intervention to help people avoid the health and financial toll of
diabetes. The programs at the Y and Walgreens have been tested in
controlled clinical trials or pilot projects with the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), the Y, Indiana University, clinical centers, employers
and retail pharmacies.
Novo Nordisk (NYSE: NVO), a world leader in diabetes care and a DPCA
partner, works with health care professionals to create awareness and
understanding of the value of the Alliance's two anchor programs and
helps them refer their patients to the appropriate program.
Diabetes Prevention Program: Addressing Weight and Lifestyle to
The Diabetes Prevention Program is offered in Atlanta in partnership
with the Y and is part of CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program. It
is designed to bring evidence-based lifestyle interventions to
communities by working with community-based organizations and
third-party payers who adhere to a CDC-recognized, evidence-based
curriculum. UnitedHealth Group and the Y are partners in the National
Diabetes Prevention Program.
The program, offered by the Y, uses a group-based lifestyle intervention
designed especially for people with prediabetes (people who are at high
risk of developing diabetes). In an interactive group setting, a trained
lifestyle coach helps participants change their lifestyle by educating
them about healthy eating, physical activity and behavior modifications
over a 16-session program. After the initial 16 core sessions,
participants meet monthly for up to one year for added support to help
them maintain their progress.
Research from the Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial, led by the
NIH with support from the CDC, has shown that with lifestyle changes and
modest weight reduction, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay
the onset of the disease.
Diabetes Control Program: Reducing Dangerous, Costly Diabetes
The Diabetes Control Program is offered in Atlanta in partnership with
Walgreens. It provides people with diabetes access to trained Walgreens
pharmacists and nurse practitioners who provide personalized coaching
and counseling and who help patients improve adherence to their
physicians' treatment plans. The goal is for patients to improve blood
glucose control every percentage point drop in HbA1c levels, a
commonly used blood glucose marker, reduces by 40 percent the risk of
developing complications from diabetes such as heart disease, nerve
disease, blindness and limb amputations.
?Walgreens is proud to partner with UnitedHealth Group to bring this
comprehensive diabetes treatment and self-care management program to
Atlanta,? said Colin Watts, Walgreens chief innovation officer. ?We
believe the Diabetes Control Program is an ideal model for managing one
of the most pervasive and costly chronic diseases in the country. For
years, Walgreens has been committed to serving the needs of people with
diabetes, and we are customizing many of the program elements of
Walgreens Optimal Wellness?, a national program capitalizing on
the power of face-to-face interaction with a trusted Walgreens
pharmacist or nurse practitioner, for application in the Diabetes
Control Program. Walgreens is excited to bring this initiative to
Atlanta and looks forward to collaborating with such a strong and
Home Healthcare Laboratory of America (HHLA), a subsidiary of Laboratory
Corporation of America Holdings, another Alliance partner, provides
screening tests to Control Program participants through the use of
Lab-in-an-Envelope® services for use at home. HHLA mails HbA1c and lipid
panel testing kits to participants every three months to provide a
convenient method for them to regularly monitor blood glucose control
and cholesterol levels.
Alliance Programs Rolling Out Nationally
Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance programs are available now in
13 markets in 10 states, including Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton,
Ohio; Indianapolis; Minneapolis; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Oklahoma
City; Albuquerque, N.M.; New York; Livingston, N.J.; New Haven, Conn;
and Atlanta. This year, the DPCA programs are launching in Dallas, Fort
Worth, Arlington and Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Jacksonville
and Orlando, Fla. The Alliance programs will continue to roll out in
additional cities across the country through 2012.
Services offered by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance may be
contracted by any health insurer and plan sponsor. The Alliance marks
the first time in the United States that a health plan is paying for
evidence-based diabetes prevention and engaging pharmacists to support
critical diabetes management programs. Currently, DPCA services are
available at no out-of-pocket cost to participants enrolled in
employer-provided health insurance plans through UnitedHealthcare and
The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance is one of many UnitedHealth
Group programs and services that fight diabetes, obesity and related
health problems in creative, practical ways to help improve health care
quality, expand support and coverage, and help bend the cost curve.
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About UnitedHealth Group
Group is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to
helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better.
With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a
broad spectrum of products and services through six operating
businesses: UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, UnitedHealthcare
Medicare & Retirement, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, OptumHealth,
Ingenix and Prescription Solutions. Through its family of businesses,
UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people worldwide. Visit www.unitedhealthgroup.com
for more information.
is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67
billion. The company operates 7,689 drugstores in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides
nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to
consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health
and wellness services and advice in communities across America.
Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty,
infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory
services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for
payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems,
pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Take Care Health
Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most
comprehensive manager of worksite health centers and in-store convenient
care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.
About the Y
The Y is one of the
nation's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth
development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S.,
2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children regardless of age,
income or background to nurture the potential of children and teens,
improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to
give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000
communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical
presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and
social change. ymca.net.
About the National Diabetes Prevention Program
National Diabetes Prevention Program is managed by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. The program is establishing a network of
evidence-based lifestyle intervention programs for those at high risk of
type 2 diabetes. CDC's role with the National Diabetes Prevention
Program includes helping train the work force that can implement the
program cost effectively and setting standards that will help ensure
program quality and consistency. Visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes/projects/prevention_program.htm
for more information.
Tracey Lempner, 770-300-3573
& Company (for Walgreens)
Sara Sefcovic, 212-446-1886
of Metro Atlanta
Kristen Obaranec, 404-267-5335 (direct),