Centura Health and American Diabetes Association Partner in the Movement to Stop Diabetes in Colorado

(DENVER) Centura Health, the regions leading health care network, and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have joined together in a new partnership to support diabetes prevention, education and management in Colorado. There are 410,312 Coloradans living with diabetes; an additional 1.3 million more have prediabetes and are at risk of developing the disease. The partnership is focused on providing education and outreach based on areas of the state with the highest incidence as well as creating greater access to education and preventive resources for those at risk.

Through the Wellness Lives Here initiative, Centura Health and the ADA are tailoring outreach to employers based on the rising costs of diabetes in the workplace. In the United States, diabetes and prediabetes costs an estimated $322 billion per year, with 1 in 5 health care dollars spent on caring for people with diabetes. Along with this program, the ADA and Centura Health will focus on upcoming initiatives and events, including American Diabetes Month, designed to encourage healthy habits to reduce the impact of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

We believe that by joining together with the ADA to educate, empower and engage consumers about healthy behaviors, we can improve the health of Coloradans, said Pam Nicholson, senior vice president, strategy, Centura Health. We are committed to the rigorous focus and effort it will take to curb the rising threat of prediabetes and to help intervene with those who are at risk.

Physicians and health care providers in Colorado Health Neighborhoods (CHN), part of the Centura Health network, are in the early stages of integrating ADA materials, programs and classes from the Diabetes Prevention Program to the Diabetes Self-Management Education program to support and empower consumers.

CHN physicians deliver care in a team-based approach that provides individuals living with chronic conditions, including diabetes, with care coordination and other supportive services, said Steve Milligan, M.D., Medical Director of ACO Management for Colorado Health Neighborhoods. Along with expanding resources to providers, we are working with the ADA to implement Certified Diabetes Education Programs at 75 percent of our entities to further measure interventions and behavioral health changes as a result of this outreach.

Health Champion Designation Awards Announced at State of Diabetes Breakfast

At the recent ADA State of Diabetes Breakfast and Wellness Lives Here, Centura Health was also recognized for its commitment to engage and support associates with healthy lifestyles as one of the inaugural Elite Corporate Health Champions. Many Centura Health associates have achieved incredible health improvement results with the help of its associate wellness program. From quitting smoking to significant weight loss, associates and spouses identify the wellness program as a catalyst for change. Since 2014, the Code You Associate Wellness Program has:

  • Lowered the moderate to high risk BMI by 1.4
  • Lowered the moderate to high risk for hyperlipidemia by 3%
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Lowered the high risk glucose measures by 2.3
  • Reduced the number of participants testing positive for tobacco from 5.7 to 4.9%

In addition to Centura Health, eight other Colorado companies have been awarded the exclusive designation of Elite Corporate Health Champion for 2015: CNIC Health Solutions, COBiz Financial, Holland & Hart, Regional Transportation District, and WellDyne; Community Health Champion is Colorado Springs Academy School District #20; and Corporate Health Champion MillerCoors Bill Coors Wellness Center. They are among 103 organizations representing 265 work sites around the country that received this honor. This newly launched designation recognizes their commitment to making health and wellness a priority in their organizations.

To qualify for the Health Champion Designation, companies and organizations must meet healthy living criteria in three areas: Nutrition and Weight Management, Physical Activity, and Organizational Well-Being. There are three application cycles annually. Applications for the second cycle will be accepted through October 31, 2015. Applications for the third cycle open April 1-July 15, 2016 and are available on American Diabetes Association website.

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About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 19,400 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 16 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life Colorado, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. Were Centura Health, and were here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit Centura Health website.

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. For the past 75 years, its mission has been to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information on the Associations work in Colorado, please visit American Diabetes Association website.

Media Contacts:
Jennifer Wills
jenniferwills@centura.org
303-804-8222

Jaclyn McDonald
jmcdonald@diabetes.org
720-855-1102 ext. 7041