In 2017, an estimated 9.7 percent of Sarpy/Cass Counties’ adult population received diagnoses of type 2 diabetes, and another 8.8 percent received diagnoses of prediabetes. In the same year, an estimated 10.2 percent of Douglas County’s adult population received diagnoses of type 2 diabetes, and 5.5 percent received diagnoses of prediabetes.
In order to help people in the Omaha metro area learn how to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health, in 2018, OneWorld began implementing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). The national program is designed to help people with prediabetes easily access and participate in evidence-based, affordable and high-quality lifestyle change programs.
Participants in OneWorld’s yearlong program, which uses the CDC’s Prevent T2 curriculum, work with lifestyle coaches and share their experiences with a peer group. Together, they strive to make healthy lifestyle changes (like increasing healthy eating and physical activity) to avoid diagnoses of type 2 diabetes.
OneWorld will continue its Diabetes Prevention Program for another year through a partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in order to help more Hispanic people address their health challenges. OneWorld’s Wellness Coaches are organizing and launching new cohorts in Spanish and English on a rolling basis.
“Late last year, we initiated our Diabetes Prevention 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,” Vivian Garcia, Outreach Manager at OneWorld Community Health Centers, said. “So far, we have enrolled 108 participants who, on average, have lost 14 pounds within their first 18 sessions.”
About 38% of Hispanic adults in the U.S. are pre-diabetic, 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 disabilities in the U.S.,” Garcia said. “Our Lifestyle Change Program represents a commitment to providing culturally competent and community-tested programming to prevent the development of this dangerous and costly chronic disease for those most at risk.”
To learn more about OneWorld’s Diabetes Prevention Program, visit www.OneWorldOmaha.org/DPP or call OneWorld’s PreventT2 Wellness Coaches at (402) 502-8875.