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May 3, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Treasurer 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.

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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.
 
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