May 3, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETreasurer Cowell Announces State Health Plan Diabetes Prevention Program
Raleigh, N.C. – Treasurer Janet Cowell announced today that North Carolina will provide a Diabetes Prevention Program as a covered benefit for teachers and state employees. The North Carolina State Health Plan in partnership with N.C. State University and the N.C. Division of Public Health are launching a new program to create a Diabetes Free NC.
Diabetes Free NC aims to take a stand against diabetes by focusing on prevention. The Diabetes Prevention Program has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a lifestyle change program, proven to prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. North Carolina is the 10th state to implement this program.
State Health Plan members can participate in the 12-month, comprehensive Diabetes Prevention Program either online or onsite through a local provider at various locations across the state for only $25—the remainder of the cost ($400) is covered by the State Health Plan. Experienced, engaging instructors will guide participants to learn real-life solutions to prevent diabetes. Topics include eating healthy without giving up favorite foods, adding physical activity to a busy life, managing stress and staying motivated.
According to the American Diabetes Association, pre-diabetes affects 1 in 3 American adults, but many don’t even know they have it.
All North Carolina residents are encouraged to be a part of the Diabetes Free NC movement by taking the CDC-Prediabetes Screening Test to understand their risk. Individuals who score a 9 or more should schedule an appointment to talk with their Primary Care Provider about pre-diabetes and consider participating in the Diabetes Prevention Program. To register for the Diabetes Prevention Program, visit diabetesfreenc.com
The State Health Plan provides health care coverage to more than 700,000 teachers, state employees, retirees, current and former lawmakers, state university and community college personnel, and their dependents.